Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr/Instagram Group Showcase – 21 April 2019

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Earlier this year, I attended the press view of ‘A Fortnight Of Tears’ by and with Tracey Emin, at The White Cube Gallery, London. What has interested me, particularly, since the exhibition are the wide ranging and diverse reviews and critiques of this show. Having spent time speaking with Emin, as well as sharing the exhibition and space with her, I felt closer to this artwork and to her psyche than I ever have before. Many of the reviews were critical, she is an artist who has always attracted harsh critics. Her most infamous work “My Bed” (1988), is in many ways, metaphorically, part of this exhibition. It’s re-inacted as fifty huge iPhone selfie images displayed on the gallery walls, taken as she awakes in bed, displaying plastic surgery scars, moods and various nightgown changes. In an interview, she describes to Griselda Murray Brown, Financial Times, how this exhibition relates, “the Bed for me, is the closest thing that I have to [these] works because I stained that bed, I cried in that bed, I shit in that bed, I fucked in that bed, probably vomited in that bed. Everything that that bed is, is in [these] paintings”. Her theme of art has been the same for sometime, over 30 years, and consists mainly of abuse, abortion, love, loss, death, so not for the fainthearted but to define this recurring theme in one word, I would choose ‘life’. She has relentlessly been criticised for yelling about rape, this was before the #MeToo era and her response to that was Of course I’m screaming about rape. Why shouldn’t I be?” frankly, I couldn’t agree more, don’t you? I kept trying to say [this] to people years ago”, Emin continued. “Suddenly I’m allowed to express myself and to have the language and the voice that I’ve had for years and years. Now we’re in a time where we can put things right, and this is what my work is about”. Critics continue to urge her to ‘move on’ but much of the true grit of life, is incessant.

Another recurring critical aspect of Emin’s art and again it’s one that is repeated throughout the art world, is ‘is it art?’. I wonder why we are still asking this question.

In 1988, Richard Woodward wrote a feature article in the New York Times discussing recent photographic work, entitled “It’s Art, But Is It Photography?’. He went on to say “It isn’t clear anymore how photography should be valued or looked at, where within our museums it should be exhibited-even what is or is not a photograph”. In the late 1800’s debates literally raged about the status of photography, ‘is it art or not?’ critics hollered. Amusingly, (or not, depending on your sense of humour), in the 1920’s even Edward Weston accused pictorial photographers of making ‘pseudo paintings, instead of photographs’. Of course the debate has shifted full circle. Since the 1960’s , the question of whether photography is art became irrelevant with the acceptance of photography into museum collections. But the question once again shifted in the late 1980s to ‘Is it photography?’. It could be said that the prestigious Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York was not accepting of the depiction, not of art but of photography and in turm, what could be concluded, as photography. Prior to the 1990s MOMA had not given an exhibition to David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman among others. It seems the theory being the work of these artists might have been art, but not photography.

This is an extract of a larger piece of writing that I am working on and it is relevant today in our era of mobile photography and art. We have made huge strides to encompass what we know is the most formidable and time changling art today but we still have further to travel. This weeks mobile photography and showcase, highlights once again the pioneering artists pushing the boundaries, challenging the status quo. Colour and wild creativity flourish, each visionary coherently embracing dreaming, while awake. Enjoy!

Music this week – ‘Ghost’ ©Jacob Lee

Thank you to all the talented artists for submitting your works to our showcase this week. 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. You can also submit images to our Instagram tag for this section #mobilephotographyandimagery.

Gianluca Ricoveri, Rita Colantonio, Tuba, Kathy Clay, Fleur Schim, Kate Zari Roberts, Jun Yamaguchi, Candice Railton, Erik Beck, Nick Kenrick, Joseph Cyr, Poetic Medium, Erik Viggh, Susan Blase, jon jon, AleDi Gangi, borisbschulz2009, Catherine Caddigan, Mark Swanson, Johann Veers, Deborah McMillion, Ivan_sl, Francesco Sambati, Cristina Rossi, Clint Cline, Sherrianne100, TheiPhoneArtGirl – Meri Walker, Rob Pearson-Wright, Susan Rennie, Amo Passicos, klimtt – M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, 123ems, Lorenka Campos, Karen Axelrad, Ian Clarke, Tricia Dewey, Ioannis Sidiropoulos, Heather McAlister, Jane Schultz – before.1st.light, p.a.hamel.

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Mobile Photography – Huawei P30 Pro Review

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Huawei’s new Android smartphone is aimed at photography buffs and features a new tri-camera array, or quad-camera, if you include the separate ToF (Time of Flight) sensor that’s used to measure the subject/object distance for AF and the faux-bokeh effects.

We were able to get a P30 Pro in for a closer look.

The Huawei P30 Pro continues its association with the German high-end photo brand Leica, and it’s not just a licensing deal. It is according to Leica a synergistic effort, it’s been designed from scratch; it is not the same triple-camera array as found on the P20 Pro.

Before delving into the camera spec’s, impressive as they are, it’s worth mentioning a little bit about the device itself.

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (1,011) via Instagram

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Here’s day one thousand and eleven 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 @jan_verboom – Jan Verboom with this image, untitled.

To view more of his work, please go here

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Brand New Podcast with Mobile Photographer/Artist Meri Walker and Heather Companiott, Director of Adult Arts Centre and The Native American Program & Festival, Idyllwild, California, United States

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While I am in recovery from a really nasty illness, I’d love it if you listen to this wonderful podcast that we recorded a few weeks ago…

We are exceptionally excited today to publish our latest podcast, throughout our vast social media channels, here of course, as well as our dedicated Apple podcast channel. This time we speak with Multi Award Winner, Mobile Photographer and Artist, Meri Walker, from Oregon, United States and Heather Companiott, Director of Adult Arts Centre and The Native American Program & Festival, at IdyllWild Arts, California, United States.

Meri Walker is teaching a five day course at IdyllWild Arts Centre this summer, between 24-28 June, 2019. The course is entitled ‘iPhoneography, it’s not just luck‘. We were intrigued to find out more about this course and the IdyllWild Arts Centre itself. In this podcast Heather shares the beauty of IdyllWild Arts Centre, including its history and Meri shares insights into her bespoke course. We know our audience are going to love this.

To listen to this podcast on our very own Apple Podcast channel, please go here.

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Women in Mobile Photography & Art – International Women’s Day

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We are so proud to collaborate with some of the world’s finest female mobile photographers and artists. Every single day they are fabulous but we wanted to ensure they all receive special recognition today.  We’ve listed just a tiny few of the thousands that we represent and those that choose to support us too (I am so sorry that I can’t list everyone!). To every single woman who is part of TheAppWhisperer (TAW) Community – know that TAW is also an abbreviation for The Amazing Women! Thank you for all that you do.

Cara Gallardo Weil, Gina Costa, Bobbi McMurry, Jaime Glasser, Ile Mont, Meri Walker, Lee Atwell, Ilana Buch-Akoundi, Maria Cecilia de São Thiago, Christine O Sobczak, Barbara Nebel, Jill Lian, Jane Schultz, Susan Rennie, Lorenka Campos, Armineh Hovanesian and Helen Breznik.

(If you’re reading this and want to be more involved and perhaps edit a section/column of our website, please get in touch, we’re always looking for experienced and committed mobile photographers and artists to join the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website – send me a message – joanne@theappwhisperer.com)

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The Recipe I Can’t Live Without with Deborah McMillion from the United States

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We have a new section at TheAppWhisperer.com and it’s called ‘The Recipe I Can’t Live Without’, within that we are asking highly successful mobile artists to give us their one recipe (tutorial) they can’t live without in relation to editing their images. Kicking us off today, is Deborah McMillion from the United States. She has created a wonderful portraiture family recipe . To read the others in this new series, please go here. (foreword by Joanne Carter)

 

“Spaghetti Bolognese

My mother was a good cook but she didn’t cook spaghetti. The Navy had ruined spaghetti for my dad by putting it in cans for C-Rations. Fortunately the few times dad cooked (“want C-Rations?”) didn’t ruin it back! This is not her recipe”.

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Apple Shot on iPhone Challenge – The 2019 Winners – Announced

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iPhone photographers around the world shared their best photos for Apple’s Shot on iPhone Challenge, capturing remarkable moments with the world’s most popular camera. The 10 selected winners will be featured on billboards in select cities, in Apple retail stores and online. The winning shots came from a range of models, from iPhone XS Max to iPhone 7, showcasing the quality of cameras across the line.

The top 10 winners came from countries including Singapore, Germany, Belarus, Israel and the US, highlighting the global community of iPhone photographers that participated. These photos capture colourful city scenery, curious animals, creative reflections, the beauty of the ordinary and more.

The international panel of judges includes Pete Souza, Austin Mann, Annet de Graaf, Luísa Dörr, Chen Man, Phil Schiller, Kaiann Drance, Brooks Kraft, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, Jon McCormack and Arem Duplessis — each one also writes up a little about why they selected the shot.

Many congratulations to all the winners including: Alex Jiang, Robert Glaser, LieAdi Darmawan, Bernard Antolin, Andrew Griswold, Elizabeth Scarrott, Dina Alfasi, Nikita Yarosh, Darren Soh, Blake Marvin and Alex Jiang.

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The Recipe I Can’t Live Without with Diane Neubauer from the United States

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We have a new section at TheAppWhisperer.com and it’s called ‘The Recipe I Can’t Live Without’, within that we are asking highly successful mobile artists to give us their one recipe (tutorial) they can’t live without in relation to editing their images. Kicking us off today, is Diane Neubauer from the United States. She has created an brilliant portraiture family recipe . To read the others in this new series, please go here. (foreword by Joanne Carter)

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Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr/Instagram Group Showcase – 17 February 2019

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When my eldest son was at boarding school, there was the most incredible sensory garden for all the children to enjoy, it was an empowering experience and helped many of the children to blossom. A sensory garden has the ability in many ways to become a sensory room. If you’re not familiar with the umbrella term ‘sensory room’ they are essentially rooms, with special lighting, music and objects, a therapeutic place, one of safety in which to deescalate experiences and promote self care, resilience and recovery.  When we view art, it’s important to use all five senses too, as much as possible, to not just look and move on but to really try to understand the image, to get into the picture, literally.

Mobile art is as much about presence as the senses, about the awareness of what it is to move through it. Whether the artist themselves has fully utilised all of their senses when creating the art, we can heighten our own experience by not only cascading into the picture but by creating circumstances in which that might happen. When we participate in life with all our senses, whether we are in a sensory garden, a sensory room, viewing art, or making love, it is a far more rewarding form of participation and one that you will feel all the better for by throwing yourself into.

In keeping with my New Year Resolutions, this week you’ll find me at the Intercontinental Park Lane Hotel,  as I start preliminary judging the Pink Lady Food Awards.

Thank you to all the talented artists for submitting your works to our showcase this week. 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. You can also submit images to our Instagram tag for this section #mobilephotographyandimagery.

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

Clint Cline, Sergiy Beliayev, Susan Blase, sculptorli, TheiPhoneArtGirl – Meri Walker, Oola Cristina, Paul Yan, Eduardo Llerandi, Laila, Kat McClelland, Susan Maxwell Schmidt, Deborah McMillion, Scott Simpson, Jean Hutter, Lorenka Campos, Shel Serkin, Jose Matos, Catherine Caddigan, Ade Santora, Rita Cal….., Jun Yamaguchi, Anastasia Potekhina, Hanni K, Enio Godoy, Candice Railton, Gianluca Ricoveri, Arko Rayhan, Juta Jazz, Sherrianne100, Rob Pearson-Wright, Kate Zari Roberts, Maarten Oorwijn, Qingxian Guo, before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, Barbara Nebel, jilllian2 – Jill Lian, Karen Axelrad, ArrrRT eDUarD, Debara Splendorio, p.a. hamel, Maurizio Zanetti.

Music this week is ‘Love you Forever’ ©Ryan Huston

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