Mobile Photography Festival – mObgraphia 2018 – Further Details…

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Yesterday, we said that more details would follow regarding the mObgraphia 2018 Mobile Photo Festival (which is currently open to receive submissions), today we can reveal them.

There are two points of entry. There this one, ‘Open’ with six categories, including Arts, Documental, Landscape, Black and White, Portrait and Street. All of these are free to enter and the winning images will be printed and exhibited for 45 days in the Museu de Imagem e do Som – MIS Sp in Brazil.

There is also another (to pay for) section, the Essay Category. The theme for the Essay category is ‘Water’. The organisers are looking for and select stories told through visual narratives of all kinds, from documentary approaches conveying important context to this theme, to currently interesting and relevant narratives about it. Again the winning images will be printed and exhibited for 45 days in the Museu de Imagem e do Som – MIS Sp in Brazil.

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‘How Photography Saved My Life’ – TED Talk with Marvi Lacar

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As our regular readers will know we have a dedicated Photography TED Talk section within TheAppWhisperer, we have had this for many years. I was inspired to create this, having interviewed an incredibly talented photographer for Vogue and learning of her TED talks. The one that we are featuring today, is with Marvi Lacar, a woman so completely honest and brave, my heart goes out to her..for so many reasons… Please watch this and be inspired…

“Marvi Lacar thought she had it all figured out – immersed in a career she was excited about, in the city of her dreams, with a devoted partner to share her passions – until her father died and she fell into a deep clinical depression. How did she crawl back out of this darkness? With the help of her husband, her dog… and her camera. Marvi Lacar is a documentary photographer and director whose goal is to connect with her audience using creative visual language. Lacar started her career as a photojournalist covering domestic and international news and features stories for print publications like Time, Newsweek, New York, Stern, Paris Match and the New York Times. Lacar has received awards for her photography from Photo Levallois, Communication Arts, American Photography, Photo District News, Santa Fe Center Project Competition among others. Escape, her documentary film about the rescue and rehabilitation of Maasai girls in Kenya escaping Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriage, was recognised by AI-AP International Motion Arts Awards, United Nations Association Film Festival and other national and international film festivals. After her father died in 2008, Lacar was diagnosed with acute clinical depression. This Is A Love Story, her ‘visual diary’ chronicling her own battle with depression, has been exhi This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organised by a local community”. 

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (734) via Instagram

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Here’s day seven hundred and thirty four of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we select one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram, with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

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

Today, we congratulate photographer and mobile artist @imagomimago – Mimi Svanberg with this breathtaking image.

View more of her body of work here

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Mobile Photography – Instagram TAKEOVER with @iphoneartgirl Meri Walker and @dleibo – David Leibowitz – Day 1 the story so far…

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We are so excited with our latest Instagram TAKEOVER this time with @iphoneartgirl – Meri Walker and @dleibo – David Leibowitz. Singularly they are hugely talented mobile photographers and artists but combined, they are a phenomenal force of mobile talent! We are so honoured that they have taken over our Instagram feed for fourteen days. This is what they have seen so far…

On Day 1 they highlighted a fabulous image by @iphotami – Karen Axelrad and they write “This piece by Karen Axelrad @iphotami caught my eye right out of the gate. The location tag says the image was made at The Getty Center, a place where visitors can nourish themselves in real time with physical artworks. I love the movement and color in this piece”.

Later on Day 1 they were drawn to @elizabadoiu – Eliza Badoiu’s stunning self portraiture and they write “This piece, by @elizabadoiu, is full of latent story. It makes me stay and look longer … and longer. And then the longer I look the more of my brain gets engaged with the image. There’s much here for both the waking and the dreaming mind to enjoy”.

Thank you so much dear Meri and David it is our privilege to see #theappwhisperer through your eyes, it’s so good!

Please take a look at our @TheAppWhisperer Instagram account to follow all the goings on and please also tag your images with #TheAppWhisperer, so that they can be found and potentially featured.

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Mobile Photography – Instagram TAKEOVER with @cawestruck – Carol Wiebe – Days 10 and 13 – the story so far…

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We are so excited with our latest Instagram TAKEOVER this time with @cawestruck – Carol Wiebe. She is a highly respected and talented artist and has been granted full access to our Instagram account and she has done such a magnificent job. We are very proud of her! Please take a look at her Instagram feed to see what an incredible artist she is.

On Day 10 @cawestruck highlighted the work of talented mobile photographer and artist @tikoi –  and she writes, it grows out of my head” by @tikoi. This blended image, unlike many that feature a portrait, emphasises the tree rather than the face. We really have no idea what the face looks like. I find this somewhat refreshing, and @Tikoi, who concentrates on self portraits with double exposure, employs this technique quite a bit. It is as if he is saying his face is not the most important thing in the image; the tree is every bit as important. Looking through the rest of his gallery, I get glimpses of him now and then, but he is very playful and inventive with how he combines the face and figure with the objects and natural surroundings he also shoots. There is much variety: some of the images make you laugh, as when parts of himself are missing, and others are hauntingly beautiful, but all share a common attention to detail and artistry that makes his gallery a pleasure to explore”.

Later on Day 10 @cawestruck highlighted the work of multi talented mobile photographer @kate.zar.roberts – Kate Zari Roberts and she writes It is my pleasure to highlight “Reflections on a Dream” by @kate.z.roberts. This image has a poetic quality that I find very appealing: the dark patterns flowing out from the dress, the female figure’s intense gaze as she observes this energy move outwards from her, or maybe towards her. Her gaze denotes awareness, making me wonder if she is still in the midst of a lucid dream, where her dress has come alive and is her vehicle for exploration as she moves with and within it. Kate, herself, moves effortlessly from landscapes to people to objects to surreal images. Her subject matter is wide ranging, but her eye is always sharp to notice and capture an image that speaks, expressing a story she wants to tell, an object she wants to emphasise a visual poem she wishes to “recite.”

On Day 11 @cawestruck highlighted the work of talented mobile photographer and artist @fleurschim – Fleur Schim and she writes “It is my pleasure to highlight “Lintel View” by @fleurschim, taken at The Israel Museum, in Jerusalem. I love how the details of the garden have been beautifully matched to the color and texture of the carved lintel, which fleurschim has used so effectively to frame it. I imagine her about to step from the lintel into the garden, crossing what looks ancient to re-enter the landscape of modern day life. Those lines, forming a cross, further emphasise that divide she is navigating. It makes me curious about what kinds of crossroads her mind may be negotiating at the same time. Be sure to visit @fleurschim’s gallery to see other places she has captured”.

Later on Day 11@cawestruck highlighted the work of talented mobile photographer and artist @phyllisshenny – Phyllis Sherowitz Shenny and she writes Abandonment always evokes sadness, and the thought of what might have once been a vibrant community church is no exception. Stained glass windows are boarded up, and the details of the building are skewed, adding to the look of neglect, especially when one notes the steeple and the cross at precarious angles. One could be tempted to make a religious statement, but the pulpit is likely damaged or missing in this deserted church as well, so there is no borrowing it. Phyllis has stated what is essential with an effective image that is equivalent to a 1,000 word sermon (or ten thousand if you go by an old Chinese proverb). Any further prayers now need to be said for the church rather than in it”.

A little later on Day 11 @cawestruck highlighted the work of talented mobile photographer and artist @iphotami – Karen Axelrad and she writes “Karen Axelrad has over 1200 posts in her stunning Instagram gallery, where she has proven her digital prowess over and over. In this image, the face and bodies are sliced and diced into pieces that one cannot help comparing to how one feels having to deal with modern life. There is so much information, so many pulls here and there, that one sometimes has the sensation of being virtually dissected and fragmented. Refraction bends and changes the direction of those fragments, perhaps by virtue of the latest newscast or Instagram post!  I also appreciate that, at first glance, this image could be viewed as an abstract, making it a piece of art that satisfies on many levels”.

Still on Day 11 @cawestruck was drawn to the work of @jules4921 – Rita Colantonio and she writes “I was ready to call it a day, when this image came through on the IG feed. I immediately commented that it was a divine image. There is so much beauty in it: the winged being, the woman lying on the bed in all those sensuous folds, are both physically attractive. But beauty is also expressed in the idea that dreams may be gifts, bequeathed to us, breathed into us, perhaps from a divine source. The clouds bring to mind Wordworth’s “Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting. Not in entire forgetfulness, and not in utter nakedness, but trailing clouds of glory do we come.” To play fast and loose with Wordsworth, the dreams birthed in us each night are also subject to forgetfulness, but many believe they are a gateway to higher knowledge and self insight. Such dreams could be described as trailing clouds of glory. The indecipherable writing may point to such knowledge as well. I find this image utterly enchanting. Rita, whose work I have described as elegant and suggestive, has outdone herself here. Thank you,  Rita! If I have been overly rapturous in my interpretation, I take full responsibility but offer no apologies”.

Moving on to Day 12 @cawestruck discovered @prairejill‘s – Jill’s work and she writes “The picture plane has been intersected several times, diagonally, by the escalators, creating three separate vignettes, each fascinating in their own way. I could make up scenarios, as I am wont to do, for each of these sections, but I am happy just to study the small figures, stylised by their size reduction, but quite identifiably different. Upper section: Blonde woman coming into close proximity to man in trench coat. Middle section: fancy woman dressed all in white, with fluffy collar, possibly fur (the others are not as clear). Bottom section: Person in black and white jacket, with a “bun,” sitting in background, and woman in turquoise jacket pushing baby carriage. I invite you to corroborate my identifications or correct and create your own. I am enamoured with the shiny sides of the escalators, the changing colours of floors and walls, the blurred movement of the moving stairs.  This image provided me with a lot of fun—I felt as if I was playing with a doll house (or mall) and could reach in to move the miniature characters into different positions on the various levels and make them interact in a variety of ways”.

Later on Day 12 @cawestruck highlighted the work of @klimmtt – Cecilia Sao Thiago, a very talented mobile photographer and artist and she writes “There are those who have called shopping malls the present day churches of North America. Whether or not you agree, it is true that shopping is a ritual that many practice often, and klimmtt has provided us with the bright lights, the open aisles, the bags and the goods that practitioners partake in. Those bright red coats of the two featured shoppers suggest they may attend the same sales together, and their brisk stride means they could be on there way to one. Other shoppers are not as clearly delineated, and may stand for the faceless many who shop along side us, but we are too focused on finding bargains or specific items to really see them. Plus, the bright glitter of goods demands we pay exclusive homage to all it has to offer.  On her website, klimmtt describes how she likes to create illusions with her pictures, that she can then cast into the realms of our imagination. I certainly feel as if she has given my imagination a workout with this image, and I invite you to find further ways for your mind to play in her gallery”.

And then later on Day 12 @cawestruck discovered this stunning image by @elizabadoiu – Eliza Badoiu and she writes “This image embodies mystery and the kind of obfuscation I find fascinating rather than maddening. The woman is veiled. We think we can decipher her face, but are not quite sure. The garment she is wearing, if it can be called a garment, is like a shawl of fringes gone wrong, that appear to have overtaken her, to be moving beyond her, perhaps taking her with them. There is something sinister and shroud-like about that shawl. Our shrouded female might be raising a hand, beckoning for help, but we are unsure about that also. And what of those scrawled letters, Y and X? Is it a coincidence that Y and X are chromosomes that determine our gender? Females are typically XX and males are XY. Yet the letters, which we usually read from left to right, are YX. Could this person be hiding some strange anomaly, a new gender previously unknown, under that voluminous shawl? Perhaps the shawl is just a shawl and there is no “why” to the Y and no wrongdoing despite the X, but I have thoroughly enjoyed trying to unravel the mystery of this evocative image”.

Moving on to Day 13 @cawestruck highlighted an image that we had included in this weeks Flickr Group Showcase too, by @sirreal – Chad Rankin and she writes “It is my pleasure to highlight “The Baptism of Creation” by @sirreal ~ Chad. He is a Craft Beer enthusiast as well as a mobile artist, so I imagine @sirreal ~ Chad tipping one back as he contemplates creation. It is interesting what @sirreal ~ Chad has chosen as components for his image: a polyhedron, a disembodied arm and four small busts (reflected onto or duplicated within the polyhedron). All rest on a dry, cracked surface that may be underwater (in which case, why would it be dry?), or the water may be a backdrop to these objects. I see the water as symbolic for baptism, which implies being purified for admission into some kind of belief system. The polyhedron is a solid in three dimensions, and wikiquote tells us that three-dimensional space is a geometric three-parameter model of the physical universe (without considering time) in which all known matter exists. Three could also stand for the Trinity, if Christianity is the belief system referred to here.  The four busts may be alluding to the fact that four stands for a firm foundation. Think of how many parts of creation come in fours: four seasons, four elements, four phases of the moon, etc. Pythagoras and his followers believed four was a perfect number, and that it represented God. God and creation go together like s horse and carriage in many belief systems. Cracked sand denotes a wasteland, perhaps where creation originated after being visited by the polyhedron and the disembodied arm, and before the baptismal waters washed over it. Take all of the above, with a big grain of the cracked sand, or tip back enough Craft Beer to just throw in some intriguing elements and think up a cool title. Both work for me!”

Later on Day 13 @cawestruck highlighted the work of talented mobile artist @jormain and she writes “My first reaction when I see this image is “purity.” The image is clean, basic, stripped down to what is essential. I observe a young woman, maybe just a girl, rapt before a shining window, her shadow falling behind her like a reiteration of her rapture. The purity of her experience streams out of the image as it does through that window. I sense a stillness in her, with that upturned face held by euphoria, elation, perhaps even exaltation. Longing is rising with my goosebumps. I want to see what she sees, feel what she is feeling. I want to know that kind of exaltation”.

And then… @cawestruck discovered another stunning image that we had also included in this weeks flickr group showcase, this time by @louisewhiting and she writes “It is my pleasure to highlight this image by @louisewhiting. Superimposing a face on top of itself is not as easy as it sounds. I am sure many would attest to the fact that it can be tricky to make such a face, or collection of faces, look right, to flow seamlessly, rather than merely appear ridiculous. Louise has achieved a multi-faced look to perfection with her image, and has celebrated the fact by adding nothing else. The fact that the eyes are looking in different directions, one towards us and one away, only adds to the strange attraction this portrait holds. It is impossible, but arresting, and our own eyes cannot look away”.

Thank you so much dear Carol, it is our privilege to see #theappwhisperer through your eyes, it’s so good.

Like all of these artists, please continue to tag your images on Instagram with #theappwhisperer in the hope to being selected and featured!

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Mobile Photography – Instagram TAKEOVER with @cawestruck – Carol Wiebe – Day 2 – the story so far…

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We are so excited with our latest Instagram TAKEOVER this time with @cawestruck – Carol Wiebe. She is a highly respected and talented artist and has been granted full access to our Instagram account and she has done such a magnificent job. We are very proud of her! Please take a look at her Instagram feed to see what an incredible artist she is.

On Day 2 @cawestruck highlighted the work of talented mobile photographer and artist @axelbergk – Axel Bergk and she writes IG takeover by @cawestruck—It is my pleasure to highlight this work by @axelbergk. I love abstract art and Axel Bergk creates stunning digital abstracts on his iPad. His work gives the impression of depth and texture because of multiple layers, all of which have gone through various processes. There is much for the eye to explore, but without the busy-ness that might result from less masterful editing.

Also, on Day 2 @cawestruck also highlighted the work of accomplished mobile photographer and artist @hedgehogstudio – Julie Denning and she writes “IG takeover by @cawestruck—It is my pleasure to highlight photo art by Julie Denning. Julie uses an eclectic range of photos and images to create her work, combining them in such a way that the results look effortless. See more of her charming gallery here @hedgehogstudio”.

Thank you so much dear Carol, it is our privilege to see #theappwhisperer through your eyes, it’s so good.

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Mobile Photography – TrueView Interview – ‘The Pregnant Moment’ with Liliana Schwitter from Switzerland

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Our TrueView Interview section is an area where we ask one singular question, to mobile photographers and artists and it is captured to video. This time, I have asked mobile artists to consider their work within a story telling/narrative framework. My thoughts behind this, include an 18th century thesis, ‘Laocoon: An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry‘, Gotthold Lessing argued that although painting could not communicate narrative in the sense of telling a story, it could imply drama by aspiring to capture the “pregnant moment”. In photography, this idea thrives as the “decisive moment” first introduced by Henri Cartier-Bresson and his followers. Therefore, my question to a mobile artist we hugely admire, Liliana Schwitter from Switzerland [with the above in mind], is “how you build your image to express or allude to some sort of story. Do you plot, or not? How do you define it?

Many artists are working on their videos right now and each video is as unique and individual as each artist. We are fully conscious and respectful that you are all capturing a part of yourself and sharing it with us and we love it. Thank you.

Thank you for being a reader and viewer of our wonderful site. If you would like to view our previous TrueView Interviews, please go here.

untitled ©Liliana Schwitter

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Mobile Photography / Art – Inkwork – Brand New Art App from the Developers of Brushstroke for iOS

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We are very excited this morning to announce a fabulous new app from the developers of Brushstroke (frequently mentioned in our Top 5 Best Apps by Mobile Artists). Inkwork has been designed to be a companion app to Code Organa’s popular Brushstroke app. It turns your photos into art by instantly transforming them into expressive pen and ink drawings.

After creating Brushstroke and encouraged by its response, especially from artists, the developers became inspired to design an app in that same spirit, but for ink. They challenged ourselves to affect the different styles and techniques of our favorite comic book and graphic novel artists and illustrators. In the process, they broadened the techniques used in Brushstroke and developed entirely new ones specifically for this app. The results are often dramatic and expressive, revealing the hidden art in one’s photos in the simple black and white of ink and paper.

We are really proud of Inkwork here at TheAppWhisperer and hope it will empower others to create art with their magical devices.

Inkwork retails for $2.99 and you can download it here.

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Mobile Photography – Instagram TAKEOVER with @lorenka – Day 3

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We are so excited with our latest Instagram TAKEOVER this time with @lorenka – Lorenka Campos. She is a respected and established artist and has been granted full access to our Instagram account and she is doing such a magnificent job. We are very proud of her!

On Day 3 @lorenka highlighted an artist whom we have long admired and featured @dinalf – Dina Alfasi. @Lorenka writes,  “Hello IG Friends, this is @lorenka for day number 3 of my 8 day takeover of @theappwhisperer on IG. It is definitely an honor and challenge to curate #theappwhisperer and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity. Today’s feature goes to @dinalf with the image “Tension”.I absolutely love street photography and the fleeting moments that are captured unbeknownst to the subjects. This image is fabulous, as is the entire gallery of “everyday moments” @dinalf. Please treat yourself and take a look. Please tag your images with #theappwhisperer”.

If you want to keep track of all that @lorenka views, please head over to our Instagram feed, here. Please tag your images with #TheAppWhisperer if you hope to be found and possibly featured.

If you missed any of our other Instagram TAKEOVERS, please go here to read them.

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Artstudio Pro – Brand New iPhone and Mac OS Photography/Art App Announcement

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We are very excited to bring you ‘hot off the press’ news of a new app, Artstudio Pro, which according to the developers, Lucky Clan, has taken three years of development. It is the successor to the well known ArtStudio app and has been completely written from scratch with an array of new features; taking full … Read moreArtstudio Pro – Brand New iPhone and Mac OS Photography/Art App Announcement