Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr Group Showcase – 11 November 2018

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Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism‘ what perfect timing, if you pardon the pun. Kristen R Ghodsee has published a thoroughly researched exploration proclaiming that capitalism is bad for women.  She argues, adopting some ideas from socialism  ‘women will have better lives’ and of course, this includes sex. Ghodsee, an acclaimed ethnographer and professor of Russian and East European Studies, spent years researching what happened to women in countries that transitioned from state socialism to capitalism. In this book, she analysed many facets of a woman’s life – work, parenting, sex and relationships, community and authority. One chapter, entitled “Women: Like Men, But Cheaper,” she discusses women in the workplace, deliberating all things from wage gaps to harassment and discrimination. In “What To Expect When You’re Expecting Exploitation,” she addresses motherhood and how “having it all” is impossible under capitalism. With regards ‘better’ sex, naturally it is hard to substantiate, many cultural factors come into play but what’s interesting is her theory that less inequity decommodifies sex, undermining the odious theory of ‘sexual economics’ as she describes, whereby, women raise the ‘price’ of sex by denying it. She explains “in societies with high levels of gender equality, with strong protections for reproductive freedom, and with large social safety nets, women almost never have to worry about the price their sex will fetch on an open market.” As we are increasingly told this is ‘the year of women’ which I find patronising and as we do rise up and speak out against abusive relationships and gain increased support to leave, perhaps this is enabling sexual freedom? In these trying times, she ends the book with “we can share our attentions without quantifying their value, giving and receiving rather than selling and buying.” It struck me, as I read this book, how much the latter sentence I shared co-relates with our mobile photography and art community. How much we give to each other, how much we share, how much we embrace one another and how much we realign our own art society ensuring that each one of us feels equal to the other. This much we do know and it’s clear to see in this weeks Flickr Group Mobile Photography and Art Showcase, enjoy!

Thank you to all artists for submitting your works. If you would like your work to be considered for entry in to our weekly Mobile Photography and Art Flickr Group, please submit it to our dedicated group, here.

Many congratulations to the following artists for being featured this week:

Woltarise, Song Hui, Debara’ Splendorio, Luison, Sergiy Beliayev, Scott Simpson, HQME, Francesco Sambati, Robert Eckhardt, Liliana Schwitter, David Hayes, Amy Ecenbarger, Tomaso Belloni, No Photographer, Livingsta, Mimages, Marina Sergeevna, Oola Cristina, Y F, Sherrianne100, Erik Viggh, AlexandraPhotos, Karen Axelrad, pineider, Sheldon Serkin, Poetic Medium, Cecily Mariece Caceu, Dadi Gylfason, Fleur Schim, Fiona Christian, Kathy Clay, Candice Railton, Gianluca Ricoveri, Catherine Caddigan, Lindy Ginn, Vadim Demjianov, Trish G, Susan Rennie, Clint Cline, before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, Corbicus Maximus, Dieuwke Geervliet, R K, Milly M, Hanni K, TheiPhoneArtGirl – Meri Walker, Jun Yamaguchi, Lorenka Campos, Eduardo Llerandi, Chhororo.

Music this week is ‘Ghost’ by Jacob Lee

 

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Mobile Photography – App of the Day Recrop (previously known as AntiCrop) by TouchRetouch Developers ADVA Soft

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We are delighted today to annouce our App of the Day Recrop. This is an updated app, which was previously known as AntiCrop) by the developers of the uber popular TouchRetouch app, ADVA Soft. ReCrop has become more composition orientated as opposed to AntiCrop. It gives the operator a second chance to reframe your original shots, post capturing – allowing you to crop, uncrop and straighten.

The update, is not just all that though, there’s also a newly improved algorithm, meaning this app is now even better at filling in the expanded areas based on the content surrounding it and works best with uniform backgrounds. Straightening is lossless, just as it was in the previous version.

In addition to that, you can flip and rotate photos, move the frame strictly along the axes, if needed and choose from multiple saving and sharing options.

There are also embedded inapp tutorials too in the dramatically redesigned interface, to help you further.

We have embedded a tutorial video within this post, for you to further understand what we have written here, see below.

And of course, you know our generousity knows no bounds to our dear readers, so we’re going to offer you a chance to receive a promotional code for this app. Firstly, you will need to post a comment, in the comments section of this post, on our website – not on our vast social media channels, we need them at TheAppWhisperer.com – so we can extract your email address in order to organise the giveaway. If you’re stuck on what to write in the comment section, perhaps you’d like to give us some feedback, tell us how we’re doing, what you’d like to see and hopefully you’ll be selected a promotiional code for Recrop will find it’s way into your email Inbox. The other thing we would like you to do, if you don’t mind, is follow us on Twitter (that way you won’t miss anything in the future. All winners are selected at random, good luck!

If you’re too excited to wait to find out if you’re a winner of our app giveaway, you can head over to the app store right now, Recrop is there and waiting for you. It retails at $1.99, click here to go there.

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Apple Introduces New 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil Support

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Whilst I was busy in Paris at a press event on 27th March, 2018, Apple quietly updated its most popular iPad with support for Apple Pencil plus even greater performance, starting at $329/£319. The new 9.7-inch iPad and Apple Pencil give photographers and artists the ability to be even more creative and productive, from post editing photographs, creating images, sketching ideas and jotting down handwritten notes to marking up screenshots. The new iPad is more versatile and capable than ever, features a large Retina display, the A10 Fusion chip and advanced sensors that help deliver immersive augmented reality, and provides unmatched portability, ease of use and all-day battery life.*

“iPad is our vision for the future of computing and hundreds of millions of people around the world use it every day at work, in school and for play. This new 9.7-inch iPad takes everything people love about our most popular iPad and makes it even better for inspiring creativity and learning,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “Our most popular and affordable iPad now includes support for Apple Pencil, bringing the advanced capabilities of one of our most creative tools to even more users. This iPad also has the power of the A10 Fusion chip, combined with the big, beautiful Retina display, advanced cameras and sensors that enable incredible AR experiences simply not possible on other devices.”

iPad’s beautiful 9.7-inch Retina display delivers gorgeous detail and vivid colours, and features a higher-resolution touch sensor that enables Apple Pencil support. First introduced for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil has become a popular and versatile tool among students, professionals and creatives and is now available to even more customers.

Apple Pencil delivers a remarkably fluid and natural drawing experience. Advanced sensors measure both pressure and tilt, and provide pixel-perfect accuracy and low latency for activities from note taking to illustration in apps like Notability, Pages, Numbers,  Keynote and Microsoft Office. iPad’s palm rejection technology even makes it possible to rest your hand on the screen while you use Apple Pencil.

The new iPad features the Apple-designed A10 Fusion chip with 64bit desktop-class architecture, delivering 40 percent faster CPU and 50 percent faster graphics performance for seamless multitasking and graphics-intensive apps.** The front- and rear-facing cameras offer exceptional low-light performance and HD video recording for document scanning, moviemaking and FaceTime calls.

The new iPad is a stunning, large viewfinder for immersive AR experiences. Its Retina display, powerful chip, enhanced cameras and advanced sensors, including a gyroscope and accelerometer for accurate motion tracking, are designed to support the next generation of AR apps.

Built for durability and mobility, the new 9.7-inch iPad features an aluminium unibody construction and ultrafast wireless that can deliver two times faster cellular data connections, so it is even easier to stay connected anywhere.*** With Apple SIM, customers can connect to wireless data plans right from their device when traveling in more than 180 countries and regions.****

iOS 11 introduces powerful new features for iPad. The Dock provides quick access to frequently used apps and documents from any screen, and makes it easier to multitask with Split View and Slide Over. Drag and Drop makes moving images, text and files between apps easier than ever. Apple Pencil is more deeply integrated into iPad with support for inline drawing. The Files app provides a central place to access and organise files no matter where they are located — on iPad or in the cloud with built-in support for iCloud Drive and providers like Box, Dropbox and others.

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (731) via Instagram

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Here’s day seven hundred and thirty one 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, @llaamerson – Laurie Amerson – with this breathtaking image entitled ‘Nothing can bring you lasting happiness, you have it within you.’.

View more of her body of work here.

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (726) via Instagram

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Here’s day seven hundred and twenty six 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, @janisbrandenburg – Janis Brandenbury Lee with this breathtaking image.

View more of her body of work here.

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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 – Portrait of an Artist – Twenty Sixty Video Showcase

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We are delighted to present our 26th Portrait of an Artist Video Showcase. This is not only our final Portrait Of An Artist Showcase of 2017 but a truly celebration of Portrait and Self Portrait itself where inspiration, creativity, imagination and skill intertwine through delightful colours and shapes, that impress, provoke, excite, and motivate both, viewers and creators, to keep looking beyond, to keep looking for the inside, to try and find alternate selves for them and the others.

I want to personally thank you all for being a part of this valuable legacy of Mobile Photography and Art. Let’s keep on pushing it forward and making it great.

Wishing you the happiest of days ahead.

If you are not a member of our Facebook group… we highly recommend that you join us! This is our space for sharing newsworthy information and conducting discussions (what, when, where, why and how) regarding mobile portraiture and portraiture in general.

Please join our Facebook group for information sharing/discussions (link here)

Please upload your portraiture images to our Flickr Group for fortnightly showcase submissions (link here)

Many congratulations to the following artists for being featured this time, including:

Montse Abad, Damian De Souza, Mariette Schrijver, Maria Soulare, JH McB-Smartphoneographer, Eliza Badoiu, Giancarlo Beltrame, Isabel Afonso, Angie Lambert, Giulia Baita, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Jo Sullivan, Andrea Koerner, Lorenka Campos, Debara Splendorio, Vanessa Vox, Alex Paton, Kate Zari Roberts, before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, Patricia Januszkiewicz, Aylin Argun, Kristie Benoit, Armineh Hovanesian, Marguerite Khoury, Ade Santora, Tuba Korhan, Michael Beresin, Nick Kenrick, Louise Whiting.

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Mobile Photography/Art – App of the Day – Artstudio Pro Giveaway Today

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We just announced news of this brand new app, Artstudio Pro from the highly accomplished app developers, Lucky Clan. Having taken three years of development, Artstudio Pro is the successor to the popular app Artstudio. Taking full advantage of the latest technologies like Metal, iCloud Drive, Apple Pencil. It is perfectly optimized for 64-bit multi-core … Read moreMobile Photography/Art – App of the Day – Artstudio Pro Giveaway Today

Mobile Photography – Silent Auction – Very Important

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I was so saddened to read yesterday a post by a very respected mobile photographer and artist – Armineh Hovanesian about one of her friends who tragically died, attempting to rescue her friend from drowning in the Caspian Sea. Hovaneisan describes her friend, Vane, as “young and extremely talented, with a big heart, full of courage, even to the very last minutes of her life”.

To honor her memory, with the help of talented artists and volunteers, Hovaneisan is hosting a silent auction at the Bridge of Health’s Glow Gala. Some of the incredible art in this auction is mobile and some traditional, all are stunning!

Please take a look at some of the art in the auction at this link

I am quite sure that all donations will be very gratefully received. Bridge of Health [501(c)3] sponsors cancer treatments for economically disadvantaged children in Armenia. All sales are tax deductible and our art sales are earmarked directly in Vane’s name to be used for treatment. Thank you.

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Mobile Photography & Art Flickr Group Showcase – 22 October 2017

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“Be wild, that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life.” This … Read moreMobile Photography & Art Flickr Group Showcase – 22 October 2017

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