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Catherine Restivo & JQ Gaines Join The App Whisperer As New Columnists

We’re delighted to welcome both Catherine Restivo and JQ Gaines as Columnists to They will co-edit one unique column. Both Catherine and JQ have been involved with for a long time and are frequently featured in our Flickr Group Showcase with their stunning images. We are huge fans of their creativity, their integrity and perhaps most of all their commitment to mobile photography.

In their own words, this is how they describe their brand new column with us….

‘Everyone knows that a photograph tells a story.. which most of the time ends up speaking louder than words. But even though we think we know what’s going on in a photograph (no matter how obvious it appears), the story we walk away with is really defined by our personal perspectives and/or biases. For example: where someone may see tears of sadness, someone else may see uncontrollable laughter… or where someone experiences a sense of tragedy from an abandoned building, another may feel exhilarating excitement in the treasure trove of textures, colors and abstract shapes.

parallel || perspectives was conceived as a collaborative space in exploring how two artists creatively develop their impressions from passing glimpses of strangers, buildings or even objects, using the same image. And what image will be our starting point? Nothing other than The Streets of New York City… a city dear to our hearts. Do we know where this is going to take us? Absolutely not. But what we do know is that we welcome and encourage dialogue from all as we embark on this journey… ‘cuz we know there are a lot more impressions out there than ours.’

We’d love for you to learn more about Catherine and JQ, so please page down and read their bios. We recently welcomed Richard Gray, Misho Baranovic, Dan Marcolina, Keith Tharp, David Hayes, Teri Lou Dantzler, Richard Koci Hernandez, Rudy Vogel, Kevin Kuster, Laura Peischl, Dilshad Corleone, Mel Harrison and Star Rush as Columnists to theappwhisperer and we will have a few more announcements to make very soon.

We are growing at a phenomenal rate and trying to include as much unique content and variety from the mobile photography world as our readers can possibly digest, you really don’t need to go anywhere else!

Please join us in welcoming Catherine and JQ to theappwhisperer family, welcome…

Catherine Restivo



Catherine grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest on a small island north of Seattle, where her days were spent making forts in the woods or roaming the rocky beaches gathering shells and driftwood, and when she became a teenager, attending the obligatory keggers in someone’s barn or on the beach. 😉

She has always loved photography, and growing up was her family’s primary photographer, snapping away with their Kodak Instamatic. Her first “grown-up” camera was a Canon AE-1 that she used to capture life in New York. She purchased her first iPhone in 2010, and since discovering it’s camera and the amazing world of post processing available in the palm of her hand, a creative door was opened in her life.

Catherine now spends most of her spare time taking photos with her iPhone 4, apping photos, sharing photos, being inspired by other artist’s amazing creations, and participating on the many online iPhoneography sites and blogs. Her iPhoneography home base is Currently a proud Staff Member, she landed at MobiTog in August 2011 and discovered a creative community of like-minded iPhoneographers who helped her learn and grow, and more importantly, make wonderful new friends.

Her work has been featured at the LA Mobile Art Festival 2012 held at the Santa Monica Art Studios; Giorgi Gallery in Berkeley, CA; SOHO Gallery for Digital Art in NYC; First Annual iPhoneography Miami Exhibition at Artspace Gallery Miami; “iPhoneography: Updated Visual Dialogs” at the Lunch Box Gallery in Miami, FL; Studio b. Light Impressions; Mobile P1xels Show at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; she was a semi-finalist in the 2011 IPA Mobile Art Grant; was included on iPhoneogenic’s list of the 50 Top Mobile Photographers/Artists of 2011; and has been featured in The App Whisperer, Lys Foto Magazine and many other popular mobile photography websites.

You can check out her artist page at

JQ Gaines



After studying painting and printmaking at Pratt Institute, I owned and operated a Book Arts and Textiles studio in NYC. I worked there for about 15 years, dividing my time between designing and creating one-of-a-kind books and teaching traditional bobbin lacemaking techniques. However, after my husband and I had our first child, I decided to put my career on hold. But three years ago my husband and kids surprised me with an iPad and iPhone, insisting that I was “too old-fashioned” and needed to “get with the times.” They clearly knew something I didn’t, because these devices immediately impacted my life – and in a big way. They rekindled my deep passion for painting… and introduced me to Photography. Never, in a million years, did I think that I would incorporate photography into my work. But it’s all I do now. And the best part is: I don’t have to try and steal time from my family to retreat to my studio. Instead, I carry my studio with me everywhere I go… in my pocket.

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— 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 - 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]