‘Wide Awoke’- Are Female Artists Worth Collecting? with Joyce Harkin from Scotland, UK

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This time in our latest ‘Wide Awoke’ article, with Joyce Harkin, we speak behind the video, have a listen…

Several weeks ago, we announced our brand new ‘Women’ section within TheAppWhisperer and we kicked off with our first ‘Talking Points’ with the incredibly talented mobile artist, M. Cecilia Sao Thiago,where she visually channeled the creative argument of ‘what if I wasn’t me?’, envisaging herself as an artist whilst physically being a male, as opposed to female.Catherine Caddigan another accomplised aritst also contributed with a great ‘Talking Points’ entitled ‘What do we reveal to the camera’. We followed that up with a fabuolus insightful video fromSusan Detroy,with her perspective vis-Ã-vis the women’s movement, using her own self portraiture work and ethos. Successively we published the first in our Women’s ‘Wide Awoke’ section with Armineh Hovanesian and followingwork from  Deborah McMillion, Lynette Sheppard, Rita Colantonio and Fleur Schim.

For our ‘Wide Awoke’ section initially, we selected a challenging discussion at the Tate Museum, London. Recently, an article was published in The Guardian, by Helen Gorrill, suggesting that female artists are less likely to succeed now, than they were in the 1990s. Gorrill expressed “Today, when men’s artwork is signed, it goes up in value; conversely when work by women is signed, it goes down in value, and the addition of a woman’s signature can devalue artwork to the extent that female artists are more likely to leave their work unsigned”. And even more scathingly, “The Tate seems to align to these views by only collecting a ‘token’ proportion of work by women, who form the 74% majority of fine art graduates”, Gorrill goes on to say.

This of course, provoked much discussion here at TheAppWhisperer HQ, after all, this is one of the key elements to our new Women section, we want to drag out all these issues and more into the open.

We approached several female mobile artists and asked them this question ‘Are Female Artists Worth Collecting?’ and asked them to create a short video of their answer to our subheading of this section ‘Wide Awoke’. Today, we are incredibly proud to publish the sixth in this series by none other than female artist, Joyce Harkin, from Scotland.

We really hope you enjoy this new section and of course, please feel free to leave comments below, this is a section about Womens issues but we invite all men to view and participate in commenting too.

©Joyce Harkin

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‘Wide Awoke’- Are Female Artists Worth Collecting? with Fleur Schim from Florida, United States

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Several weeks ago, we announced our brand new ‘Women’ section within TheAppWhisperer and we kicked off with our first ‘Talking Points’ with the incredibly talented mobile artist, M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, where she visually channeled the creative argument of ‘what if I wasn’t me?’, envisaging herself as an artist whilst physically being a male, as opposed to female. Catherine Caddigan another accomplised aritst also contributed with a great ‘Talking Points’ entitled ‘What do we reveal to the camera’. We followed that up with a fabuolus insightful video from Susan Detroy, with her perspective vis-Ã-vis the women’s movement, using her own self portraiture work and ethos. Successively we published the first in our Women’s ‘Wide Awoke’ section with Armineh Hovanesian and following work from  Deborah McMillion, Lynette Sheppard and Rita Colantonio.

For our ‘Wide Awoke’ section initially, we selected a challenging discussion at the Tate Museum, London. Recently, an article was published in The Guardian, by Helen Gorrill, suggesting that female artists are less likely to succeed now, than they were in the 1990s. Gorrill expressed “Today, when men’s artwork is signed, it goes up in value; conversely when work by women is signed, it goes down in value, and the addition of a woman’s signature can devalue artwork to the extent that female artists are more likely to leave their work unsigned”. And even more scathingly, “The Tate seems to align to these views by only collecting a ‘token’ proportion of work by women, who form the 74% majority of fine art graduates”, Gorrill goes on to say.

This of course, provoked much discussion here at TheAppWhisperer HQ, after all, this is one of the key elements to our new Women section, we want to drag out all these issues and more into the open.

We approached several female mobile artists and asked them this question ‘Are Female Artists Worth Collecting?’ and asked them to create a short video of their answer to our subheading of this section ‘Wide Awoke’. Today, we are incredibly proud to publish the fifth in this series by none other than female artist, Fleur Schim from the United States.

We really hope you enjoy this new section and of course, please feel free to leave comments below, this is a section about Womens issues but we invite all men to view and participate in commenting too.

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‘Wide Awoke’- Are Female Artists Worth Collecting? with Rita Colantonio from Cape Cod, United States

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Three weeks ago, we announced our brand new ‘Women’ section within TheAppWhisperer and we kicked off with our first ‘Talking Points’ with the incredibly talented mobile artist, M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, where she visually channeled the creative argument of ‘what if I wasn’t me?’, envisaging herself as an artist whilst physically being a male, as opposed to female. If you missed that, please go here. Following that we published the first in our Women’s ‘Wide Awoke’ section with Armineh Hovanesian (see here).Last week we published our second instalment to this series with Deborah McMillion(see here). Yesterday we published our third instalment to this series with Lynette Sheppard (see here).

For our ‘Wide Awoke’ section initially, we selected a challenging discussion at the Tate Museum, London. Recently, an article was published in The Guardian, by Helen Gorrill, suggesting that female artists are less likely to succeed now, than they were in the 1990s. Gorrill expressed “Today, when men’s artwork is signed, it goes up in value; conversely when work by women is signed, it goes down in value, and the addition of a woman’s signature can devalue artwork to the extent that female artists are more likely to leave their work unsigned”. And even more scathingly, “The Tate seems to align to these views by only collecting a ‘token’ proportion of work by women, who form the 74% majority of fine art graduates”, Gorrill goes on to say.

This of course, provoked much discussion here at TheAppWhisperer HQ, after all, this is one of the key elements to our new Women section, we want to drag out all these issues and more into the open.

We approached several female mobile artists and asked them this question ‘Are Female Artists Worth Collecting?’ and asked them to create a short video of their answer to our subheading of this section ‘Wide Awoke’. Today, we are incredibly proud to publish the fourth in this series by none other, than highly sought after female artist, Rita Colantonio from Cape Cod, United States.

We really hope you enjoy this new section and of course, please feel free to leave comments below, this is a section about Womens issues but we invite all men to view and participate in commenting too.

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (876) via Instagram

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Here’s day eight hundred and seventy 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 @jules4921- Rita Colantonio, with this wonderful image, entitled ‘Bits and Pieces’.

To view more of her work, please go here.

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Mobile Photography – Instagram TAKEOVER with @tankaqueen – Days 3 to 8

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We are so excited with our latest Instagram TAKEOVER this time with @tankaqueen – Alexis Rotella, she is a highly admired and adept mobile photographer/artist with the most discerning eye. Rotella has been granted full access to our Instagram account and she is doing a very impressive job. We are very proud of her!

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.

On Day 3 @tankaqueen highlighted the work of @peter_zelei_images and she writes “my third day of the TAKEOVER, I choose Peter Zelei’s evocative photo which, in my opinion, depicts the history of being a woman. It may also allude to the creative process itself. Check out more of Peter’s courageous works at peter_zelei_images”.

On Day 4 @tankaqueen highlighted the work of @rosaliehellerphotography – Rosalie Heller and she writes “Alexis Rotella (@tankaqueen) Day 4 of TAKEOVER. Rosalie Heller has made considerable sacrifices to travel to India from Baltimore, Maryland where she has been sharing her journey in colorful textures including this market scene in Pushkar Rajasthan”.

On Day 5 @tankaqueen highlighted the work of @pennesbitt – Bronwyn Penn Nesbitt and she writes “Day 5 Takeover (Alexis Rotella@tankaqueen)…by Pennnesbitt…reminder to take care of ourselves by looking within”.

On Day 6 @tankaqueen highlighted the work of @vadqcooper – Vicki Cooper and she writes “Vicki Cooper’s fascinating mobile art piece is my pick (Alexis Rotella@tankaqueen) for 6th day of Takeover. There is a delightful mystery here that allows for plenty of dreaming room. Congrats to this devoted mobile artist”.

On Day 7 @tankaqueen highlighted the work of @jules4921 – Rita Colantonio and she writes “Rita Colantonio’s picnic scene reminds me of childhood. One never knows who will show up including a caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland. Congrats from Alexis Rotella @tankaqueen on this 7th day of the Takeover”.

On Day 8 @tankqueen highlighted the work of @gricoveri – Gianluca Ricoveri and she writes “Gianluca Ricoveri’s masterful art of the Italian countryside is always captivating. It’s my pleasure to feature this landscape on the 8th day of my Instagram Takeover”.

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Mobile Photography – Instagram TAKEOVER with @coeiphoneart – Gerry Coe from Belfast, UK – Days 13 and 14

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Wow!!! What an incredible fortnight it has been with @coeiphoneart – Gerry Coe taking over our Instagram feed! His vision, curation, professionalism and commentary has been exemplary, we have loved every post. Today we are featuring his final two days, days 13 and 14 from this series, to read the others, please follow this link.

Throughout the fortnight of Gerry Coe’s Instagram takeover he has included work from, Kurt Norlin, Bonobo Stone, Marco P, Charlie Beef, Vicki Cooper, Vadim Demjianov, Ilana Akoundi, David Scott Leibowitz, Joseph Cyr, Peter Wilkin, Rita Colantonio, Susan Tuttle, Nan Patienza, Eliza Badoiu, Gianluca Ricoveri, John Nieto, Lorenka Campos, Axel Berg…, Mieke Elzinga, Alexis Rotella, Tricia Dewey, all great and established mobile artists.

Thank you so much Gerry Coe for a fabulous fourteen days, what an exhilarating journey it has been to see #theappwhisperer through your eyes, its been so good, thank you!

Please continue to tag all your images with #theappwhisperer as we have a new curator starting later today…

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.

He writes:…

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Mobile Photography – Instagram TAKEOVER with @coeiphoneart – Gerry Coe from Belfast, UK – Day 11

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We are so excited with our latest Instagram TAKEOVER this time with @coeiphoneart – Gerry Coe. Coe is an Internationally acclaimed Portrait Photographer, working in Northern Ireland known for both his Award winning Portraiture and his Fine Art images.

He is a Fellow of each of the four main photographic organisations including the British Institute of Professional Photographers, Master Photographers Association, Royal Photographic Society and the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers and he has just recently received his Second Fellowship from the BIPP for his much acclaimed iPhone Photography images. This is the first time anyone, anywhere has achieved a Fellowship in iPhone or Mobile Photography. He is the first Double Fellow of the BIPP in Ireland and one of a very small group of double Fellows worldwide. Recently he was also awarded an honourary fellowship from the BIPP, this is a rare award only 20 of these have been awarded in the 140 year history of the BIPP.

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.

He writes:

“@coeiphoneart Day 11, another surreal image this time by @jules4921Rita Colantonio I like the way the passageway leads to the tree, no leaves on it, is it dead or about to reawaken to a new dawn, the figure moving out of the frame taking a different path to the left. The use of an overlay of clouds gives an ethereal otherworldly feel to the image which is of this world but it is also not this world. The Raven or Crow adds a slightly sinister note. A great image”.

 

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Results of our Mobile Photography Competition Using PortraitCam Ultimate Camera App!

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We are so excited to announce the results of our Mobile Photography Competition with fabulous BrainFeverMedia app, PortraitCam Ultimate Camera!

We have some tremendous prizes ready to be sent out to these recipients, very well done to Maurizio Zanetti, Rita Colantonio, Brendan O Se, M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, Himanshu Roy and Liliana Schwitter.

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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 / Art New Year Resolutions 2018 From Artists Throughout The World

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We are delighted to publish our New Year Resolutions for 2018 from a selection of highly talented mobile photographers and artists throughout the world. As in previous years we have asked mobile photographers and artists for their New Year Resolutions with an accompanying image or video . Thank you to everyone who has contributed, they all … Read moreMobile Photography / Art New Year Resolutions 2018 From Artists Throughout The World

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