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A Picture’s Worth… With Janine Graf

Welcome to another new section to theappwhisperer.com, this new section is entitled ‘A Picture’s Worth…’ and it is a subsection of our Photo App Lounge column.

A Picture’s Worth… is where we ask iPhone photographers that have taken or made, as the case may be, powerful iPhone art to explain the processes they took. This includes their initial thoughts as to what they wanted to create, why they wanted to create it, how they created it, including all apps used and what they wanted to convey. We also ask these incredible artists to explain their emotions and how the image projects those feelings.

This is another totally unique section to theappwhisperer.com and one that offers the unique facility for the reader/viewer to find out more about an image and also for the artist to explain the complete process and message.

This is our fourth post to this new section, if you have missed the others you can read them here. We previously interviewed Janine in our A Day In Your Life series, if you miss that, you can read it here. We also published her Extension of the I interview here and her top 5 apps for our Photo App Lounge section here.

In this A Picture’s Worth … today, Janine talks us through her incredible image ‘Cows Play Peekaboo’, shown below.

(If you would like to contribute to this section or if you have seen an image that you would like to learn more about, just email [email protected] and we will get it all set up).


The Birth Of A Concept


Copyright Image – Janine Graf – ‘Cows Play Peekaboo’


‘This image is the combination of two separate images shot on two different locations.  First I’ll tell you about the cow and how she was the inspiration for this whimsical composition.  This cow lives on a very small farm a couple of miles from my house.  As I was driving by this farm one early evening, I had time to spare so decided to pull over and sneak in some photos (I’ve wanted to do this for years but never took the time before this night).  This young cow was all the way across the field when I walked up to the fence; she noticed me and walked over, real close.  She kept looking me right in the eyes, didn’t take hers off of me for a second.  I was in heaven taking pictures; smiling and talking to her and laughing.  When I lowered my iPhone she was startled, which made me laugh loudly, which startled her all the more!  She was just so adorable and curious.  The following week my family and I went to the annual tulip festival in La Conner, WA.  Rows and rows of glorious color stretching off into the horizon.  There are signs posted everywhere telling people to not walk into the rows of tulips (people don’t read signs btw).  As I stood there taking pictures I had a flashback of that curious cow and laughed inside my head at the thought of cows being let loose in the tulip fields . . . and then it occurred to me . . . I CAN release a cow into the tulip field!’



‘In Juxtaposer I decided to make my vision come to life; curious cow let loose amongst the tulips (obviously didn’t read the many signs posted, just like the humans).  While erasing the farm scene from around the cow (erasing around fur is tricky btw), I thought up a little rhyme, “While you are sleeping without any care, cows play peekaboo in morning spring air.”  Although it was late in the day at the tulip field, I wanted the image to look like it was taken in the early morning so I used one of the color settings in ScratchCam to give it what I hope looked like an early morning feel’.


The Process


‘This image makes me happy and I hope it makes others who look at it happy too.  Cows in tulips . . . silliness!’

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]