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parallel II perspectives With Catherine Restivo & JQ Gaines

We’re delighted to publish the very first of Catherine Restivo’s and JQ Gaines’ ‘parallel II perspectives’ brand new column with us. Parallel II perspectives is a collaborative space allowing both Catherine and JQ to creatively explore their impressions from passing glimpses of strangers, buildings or even objects, using the same image.

In this first article, we have created two separate screenshows of their images along with their own individual audio to demonstrate this entirely. We really hope you enjoy this wonderful column, many thanks to Catherine and JQ for their excellent work.


Catherine Restivo Screenshow

JQ Gaines Screenshow

Catherine’s Still Images – Original


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Step 3


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Step 5


JQ’s Still Images – Original


Step 2



– cropped in PixlrExpress, with “Alex” filter
– cleaned up in TouchRetouch

Step 3



– apped in Glaze
– blended with the “unGlazed” image in Superimpose.

Step 4



Plastic bullet filter
– final touches in Sketchbook Pro.

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]


  • Star

    This is such an interesting way to experience the editorial choices both of you negotiated. I love the audio walk-through, as a way to get a feel for the person behind those decisions.

  • Jack Webb

    I love this concept of 2 artists, 1 image, and the unique visions of each. Loved both interpretations. Bravo! Bravo!

  • sara McCracken

    Wow! I really liked the way you let us into your thoughts. I would never have thought of removing the door handles.. very helpful from both of you!

  • kim martino

    Very kool!! I love the entire concept. Cat, your voice is FINE!! MINE is the voice thats excruciating, lol. Its a refreshing way of learning, Bravo!

  • Tanci

    Applause…for both of you!!!
    Thank you for the processes and creative thoughts in each.

  • Shane Martin

    Can’t tell you how excited I am about this new column. Learning from these two masters is going to be a real treat!

  • Roger Guetta

    Two beautifully articulated sequences to add legitimacy to our art form. Both your deliveries were warm, to the point and engaging. Traipsing through the app puzzle with y’all was a genuine pleasure. Bravo les girls!!!

  • Robert Lancaster

    This was absolutely amazing. Thank you so much Catherine and JQ for sharing your processing and workflow with us mere mortals. I will most definitely be keeping an eye on this column.

    It was also fantastic to finally be able to put voices to the faces and the images.

  • Brett Chenoweth

    Loved this! Audio is a great medium for you two. Well Done! Rock on!

  • JQ Gaines

    Thank you all, SO MUCH, for your kind comments and feedback… I truly appreciate them _/\_

    And I can’t offer up enough thanks to Cat and Joanne for this wonderful learning opportunity… this project has really sent me soaring 🙂

  • Fabio D'Andrea

    Wow!!! This is really amazing and it’s fantastic to hear your voices!! Both versions are great!!

  • Mel Harrison

    Finally had a chance to watch both all the way though! Love the audio aspect!

  • Tracy Mitchell Griggs

    More catching up on the archives of the appwhisperer – I like the slower pace and more intimate non technical tutorial – I have gleaned some valuable processes to add to my own discovery process – and enjoyed this particular image – so different from my own rural surroundings