Running with the Wolves – Instagram – @auroramusic

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Music and imagery, to me, are so interlinked, despite having moderate to profound deafness, music is an integral part of my life; I just have to adapt a little to how I listen to it but a world without sound, would be a life less lived. This is why you’ll always find our immensely popular Flickr Group Showcases, packed with wonderful music.

I wanted to share with you a wonderful photographer and musician. A few months back, rising pop star Aurora (@auroramusic) woke to find Katy Perry singing her praises. “Finally. New music that makes my [heart] flutter,” the pop singer wrote on Twitter. She proclaimed Aurora to be an angel, and linked to her haunting pop hymn, “Runaway,” which opens the Norwegian singer-songwriter’s debut EP, Running With The Wolves.

“It was all quite strange but very nice,” recalls Aurora (surname Aksnes, but she trades on a mononym) from her home in Bergen. “I woke up one morning and looked at my phone, and there were a lot of new fans and messages and notifications.”

Aurora, whose celestial songs fuse ghostly electronica, folk melodies and gorgeous pop, has been composing songs for half her life. “Runaway” was penned when she was just 11. “I started writing when I was nine, so that was quite a long time ago,” she says, now a veteran at the age of 19.

As with all of her shadowy-pop chorales, “Runaway” is a work of natural wonder: Its language is universal, concerned with the stars, skies, seas, lives and loves that pass in-between. From glorious electro-dirge “Under Stars,” to celestial R&B aria “Running With The Wolves,” to sublime piano lament “Little Boy In The Grass,” her fiercely personal yet resonant songs are defined by the elements.

“I’m very connected to nature,” says Aurora. “I think it’s the most beautiful thing we have on this earth. And if I’m trying to explain a big situation or emotion, sometimes it’s easier to talk about the ocean and the waves, the wind and storms and thunder. Nature is so expressive and powerful.”

Norway’s landscape, mythology and culture also inspire the picturesque backdrop of her music. “I live in between trees and mountains and oceans, and I think that plays a part too,” she says. She cites Norwegian folk art and traditional music as influences. You can sense the same Scandinavian echoes in her monochromatic photographs of trees, moths and artist portraits, along with the images of birds in-flight, in trees and protected by hands. Do they symbolize liberation? Or — in the case of one recent image, depicting a bird’s wings, bloodied and fallen — the loss of it? “Well, I think it’s kind of an escape, to be able to fly, isn’t it?” she says. “It’s a beautiful thing. I think birds are the luckiest animals in the world, because they can fly.”

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Surfacing Hidden Feelings through Portraits with @el__ral

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Fabulous photos of collaged mixed-media portraits,“portraits are the art form that most caught my attention. It’s like having a dialogue with the viewer,” explains Raúl Huerta (@el__ral) from Barcelona, Spain, who goes by the pseudonym Ral.

The artist recently started his project “Naked Under Skin”—a series of intimate portraits made from paper scraps, canvas, wood and paint. “Beauty is inspiring but I want to go beyond the good looks and startle with emotional impact,” he says. In using bits of newspaper, Ral aims to visually verbalize hidden emotions. “I try to get into the body of these people, to get past the skin and surface those feelings that everybody has inside.”

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Microsoft Hires Photographer To Travel The World via Instagram

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It’s taken some time, but Microsoft have now joined Instagram and have hired photographer Justin Bastien as well as financing his travel to capture images and post stories about people in various careers using Microsoft in their work.

The Microsoft Instagram account currently has 14,537 followers but we are expecting this grow very quickly.  Go here to follow them.

 

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‘Building Mobile Bridges With Instagram’ – Michael Christopher Brown

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We’re are delighted to publish our second article to our brand new section to TheAppWhisperer.com today, entitled, ‘Building Mobile Bridges with Instagram‘. Within this section we profile specific mobile photographers that have caught our eye, demonstrating their talent via their Instagram feed.  We view so many talented feeds everyday and we wanted to make sure we highlighted these photographers to help them raise their profiles.  Previously we looked at street photographer Hannibal Renberg, if you missed that, please go here.

Today, we are taking a look at Michael Christopher Brown.  Michael was raised in the Skagit Valley, a farming community in Washington State. Often using a camera phone as a primary recording device, his current work documents conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Sakhalin (2008), he captured the remote Russian island, while Broadway (2009) focused on New Yorkers amidst the financial crisis. He also put together a series of works from road and train trips throughout China (2009/2010) and, as a contributing photographer at National Geographic Magazine, published several adventure stories with the publication. In 2011, he documented the Libyan revolution using a camera phone, exploring ethical distance and the iconography of warfare. The subject of the 2012 HBO documentary Witness: Libya, his photographs from Libya were shown at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Instituto Cervantes (New York), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), the Annenberg Space for Photography and the Brooklyn Museum. These images will also appear in his forthcoming book Libyan Sugar, to be published in 2014 by Twin Palms Publishers. He is represented by Magnum Photos.

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To view Brown’s full Instagram feed, go here

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Advertising Assignments and Instagram Success

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A very interesting article in PDN last week talks about advertising assignments and success for mobile photographers. They interview Lauren Randolph a very successful photographer, more commonly known by her Instagram title of Lauren Lemon and discuss the continued rise of her career. Only five years out from college, she has attracted more than 230,000 Instagram followers. It’s a great read, go here to read more.

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‘Building Mobile Bridges with Instagram’ – Hannibal Renberg – Instagram Street Photographer

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We’re opening a new section to TheAppWhisperer.com today, entitled, ‘Building Mobile Bridges with Instagram‘. Within this section we will profile specific mobile photographers that have caught our eye, demonstrating their talent via their Instagram feed.  We view so many talented feeds everyday and we wanted to make sure we highlighted these photographers to help them raise their profiles.

Today, we are taking a look at Hannibal Renberg a Street Photographer from Paris, France.  Renberg is an active member of the Paris Mobile Photography Community and has exhibited in many shows. He was also a Judge for the Street Category of the Paris Mobile Photography Award, see here.

Renberg’s images portray stunning sets and you could be forgiven for thinking they have been posed. They are not, they’re captured with his inspiring eye for detail, fashion and beauty. Often framed with background scenes of bus stops graffiti, Parisian shop windows, mostly
shot in black and white with his preferred app Hipstamatic.

Take a look at the video below:

To view Renberg’s full Instagram feed, go here

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