Mobile Photography / Art – Saturday Poetry – Sentenced to Life – Clive James

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I am a huge fan of Clive James, he made his name as a television critic, essayist and wit but he started as a poet and five years ago he was diagnosed with leukaemia, emphysema and kidney failure – he describes it as ‘the lot’ and he is ending as a poet.

There’s a particular story I remember reading about James, it goes like this…

One time he was going through a creative dry spell. He had written a play for the London stage and it bombed spectacularly. Not only did it ruin his family financially but it also cost him some dear friends. He fell into the deepest depression and shame. When the play closed, all he could do was sit on the sofa in his lounge and stare at the wall, mortified and humiliated. His wife held the family together, somehow. He did not feel he could ever write again.  He stayed under this spell for a very long time. One day though, his young daughters interrupted his grieving process. They asked him if he could make their old scruffy secondhand bicycles look nicer. James obeyed, in a dutiful but not joyous manner. He carefully painted the girls bicycles in bright shades of red, frosted the wheel spokes with silver and when the paint dried he added tiny silver and gold stars all over the bicycles. ‘A field of exquisitely detailed constellations’. James couldn’t stop painting stars, the girls wanted their bicycles back and grew impatient. When at last he handed the bicycles back to the girls, they pedalled off up the road, on their magical ‘new’ bikes, completely thrilled and excited. The next day, his daughters brought home a little girl from school, who asked if he would paint stars on her bicycle. He did it. When that was done, another little girl turned up and soon there was a whole queue of little girls wanting him to paint stars on their bicycles.

James, one of the worlds greatest writers, spent weeks painting thousands of stars on little girls bicycles in his garage and as he did so, he began to recover. He realised that he really did want to keep on creating things and as he did so, he was healing, something was coming back to life within him. He thought, ‘I will write about this someday’, when he thought this he realised he was free and the creator had returned.

Source: Clive James Poetry

This week, I wanted to share this poem by James entitled ‘Sentenced to Life’. I have matched @CatMorris – Cat Morris’s image of mobile photography with this poem. You can follow her on Instagram here.

To view the others we have published in this section, go here. To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer

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Mobile Photography/Art – Pic of the Day (351) – via Instagram – TheAppWhisperer

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Here’s day three hundred and fifty one of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we will be selecting one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer. Furthermore, each month we will also offer an overall prize to the image that receives the most love.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer

Today, we congratulate @john_nieto from San Francisco, California with this image.

Please check out his Instagram feed here for more stunning imagery.

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Mobile Photography/Art – Pic of the Day (350) – via Instagram – TheAppWhisperer

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Here’s day three hundred and fifty of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we will be selecting one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer. Furthermore, each month we will also offer an overall prize to the image that receives the most love.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer

Today, we congratulate @rosicassano – Rosi Cassano from Italy with this image.

Please check out her Instagram feed here for more stunning imagery.

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TrueView Interviews – “What Motivates You To Continue Creating Mobile Images” with Rad Drew from Indiana, USA

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Today, we are publishing a brand new TrueView Interview video, this time with the very talented Mobile Photographer and Educator, Rad Drew from Indiana.  We asked him, “What motivates you to continue creating mobile images, economically, politically, intellectually or emotionally?” Please watch the video and enjoy his answer…

This is a hugely popular section to TheAppWhisperer, we are so proud of all the wonderful artists who are contributing to our this section. Our TrueView Interview section is where we ask one singular question ‘What does your work say about Mobile Photography and/or Art?’ and it’s captured to video. This is such an exciting area, so many of you are working on your videos right now, we all want to see and hear you, what a joy and privilege it is. Thank you so much.

If you would like to view our previous TrueView Interviews, please go here.

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Streets Ahead Interview – Donna Donato – Mobile Street Photography

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I am so delighted to publish this excellent interview with a mobile street photographer that I admire very much. Donna Donato‘s street images contain a certain tenderness that warms me, she brings a poetic effect to her work from her initial capture to her crops. Cara Gallardo Weil our co-editor to our StreetsAhead group (with Gina Costa) has produced an interview that you will all love to read. Thank you both so much for this.

This week, the Women’s Street Photography Collective (Streets Ahead) is pleased and honoured to feature Donna Donato in our interview segment.

Donna’s work has been published in City Zine and Snap magazines as well as included in various TheAppWhisperer showcases, group shows and on Hipstography. As part of The Hipstography Awards 2014, her “Reflections from below” portfolio won two special awards, The Ben Watts Award and The Chris Hornbecker award.

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APPart – Mobile Art – Pantone Color of the Day – ‘Deep Periwinkle’ – TheAppWhisperer

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Many of you have already seen our new segment to our APPart column here at TheAppWhisperer, edited by Bobbi McMurry.

We would like to inspire all mobile artists to create one image a day using the selected colour of Pantone’s ‘Color of the Day’ – see here (we will announce the colour each day). As well a ‘Color of the Day’, Pantone also link that colour with adjectives and/or nouns.

For your information Pantone’s ‘Color of the Day’ was originally created by renowned astrologer Michele Bernhardt – you can read more about her here.  

Today’s Pantone color of the day is ‘Deep Periwinkle’ (17-3932) and the accompanying descriptives are ‘Instinctive, Stylish and Poignant’. So, we would like to see your creations using this colour in combination with those words, if possible. It’s a challenge after all!

Once you have created your image, please post it to Instagram with the following hashtag #taw_appart_coloroftheday (please don’t forget the underscores). We will view each uploaded image a day and select a winning creation and this will be published to our main website here as well as being featured throughout our vast social media channels.Many of you have already seen our new segment to our APPart column here at TheAppWhisperer, edited by Bobbi McMurry.

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Mobile Photography/Art – Pic of the Day (349) – via Instagram – TheAppWhisperer

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Here’s day three hundred and forty nine of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we will be selecting one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer. Furthermore, each month we will also offer an overall prize to the image that receives the most love.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag – #theappwhisperer

Today, we congratulate @patriziafrighi from Barcelona, Spain with this image.

Please check out her Instagram feed here for more stunning imagery.

Read moreMobile Photography/Art – Pic of the Day (349) – via Instagram – TheAppWhisperer

APPart – Mobile Art – Pantone Color of the Day – ‘North Sea’ – TheAppWhisperer

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Many of you have already seen our new segment to our APPart column here at TheAppWhisperer, edited by Bobbi McMurry.

We would like to inspire all mobile artists to create one image a day using the selected colour of Pantone’s ‘Color of the Day’ – see here (we will announce the colour each day). As well a ‘Color of the Day’, Pantone also link that colour with adjectives and/or nouns.

For your information Pantone’s ‘Color of the Day’ was originally created by renowned astrologer Michele Bernhardt – you can read more about her here.  

Today’s Pantone color of the day is ‘North Sea’ (18-5115) and the accompanying descriptives are ‘Leader, Idealistic and Visonary’. So, we would like to see your creations using this colour in combination with those words, if possible. It’s a challenge after all!

Once you have created your image, please post it to Instagram with the following hashtag #taw_appart_coloroftheday (please don’t forget the underscores). We will view each uploaded image a day and select a winning creation and this will be published to our main website here as well as being featured throughout our vast social media channels.Many of you have already seen our new segment to our APPart column here at TheAppWhisperer, edited by Bobbi McMurry.

Read moreAPPart – Mobile Art – Pantone Color of the Day – ‘North Sea’ – TheAppWhisperer

TrueView Interviews – “What Motivates You To Continue Creating Mobile Images” with Marguerite Khoury from Canada

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Today, we are publishing a brand new TrueView Interview video, this time with the very talented Mobile Artist Marguerite Khoury from Canada.  We asked her, “What motivates you to continue creating mobile images, economically, politically, intellectually or emotionally?” Please watch the video and enjoy her answer…

This is a hugely popular section to TheAppWhisperer, we are so proud of all the wonderful artists who are contributing to our this section. Our TrueView Interview section is where we ask one singular question ‘What does your work say about Mobile Photography and/or Art?’ and it’s captured to video. This is such an exciting area, so many of you are working on your videos right now, we all want to see and hear you, what a joy and privilege it is. Thank you so much.

If you would like to view our previous TrueView Interviews, please go here.

Read moreTrueView Interviews – “What Motivates You To Continue Creating Mobile Images” with Marguerite Khoury from Canada

Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – An Edgy Discussion with Jerry Jobe

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We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our reading and viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look at art of creating lines/edges within iPad art. Read Jobe’s thoughts about this critical subject (foreword by Joanne Carter). Take it away Jerry…

“Those of us who came into artistic endeavours late, like me, find ourselves using photos to create our art. Of course, artists in traditional mediums might use photos also, as a reference, but that’s not how I use them. Artists that have been trained in traditional mediums are used to sketching out a work and getting the lines to look pretty much like what they wanted. Try as I might, I can’t – this line is too thick, that line is too jagged, I have no earthly idea what that figure was supposed to be. I understand the purpose of the line work – to add structure to the artwork – but I can’t make my fingers produce the useful lines. So I depend on software to create the lines, and I am constantly searching for the perfect line for use in my artwork.

I write a lot about iColorama because I use it constantly. iColorama has an Edges submenu under the Style menu with 19 Edges presets. Sometimes those edges are just the lines I require, but many times they are not. So in this article I am mostly going outside iColorama for a source for my edges. I then use iColorama to modify and use those edges. This first image (which I will recreate later) uses iColorama Edges exclusively”.

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