The Hungry Ghost Facebook group set up by Steve Cooper is a hugely inspiring mobile photography/art group to me and so many others. I’ve selected some of the images and created a screenshow of them, I hope you all enjoy this.
This is how Steve describes the group:
“Within the world of Buddhism there is a myth about a hell-realm populated by beings whose appetites exceed their capacity for satisfaction. Their stomachs are huge but their throats are tiny. No matter how much they try to eat, their hunger remains.
We are all in some sense, hungry ghosts. It doesn’t matter how much we accumulate we always seem to want more. Whether we obtain material wellbeing and wealth, or emotional lust and love, we still continue to obsess about anything that will resolve the sense of incompletion, imperfection, or the suffering we find inside. We believe if only we can obtain just the right combination we’ll find the serenity we so desperately seek. Sometimes we do this at the increasing expense of our selves, our families, our friends, our work, our health, and ultimately, our lives. Our efforts evolve from being merely delusional manifestations of ego to something far more insidious. So what is it all about? Greed? People always wanting things to fill and empty space? To make up for the slowly fading grace of our youthfull grand hopes and dreams? The things we think are pointless in our youth become the mainstays of a self-content and mature adult life. But we always feel we have forgotten something along the way. But there is no time to think, no time to remember….the hungry ghost must be fed!”
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@example.com
Wonderful images!!! Thank you for sharing this group and the work these artists are creating… absolutely inspirational!
Amazing set of images by some very talented people. Loved the one by Lola Mitchell, but there are so many great images.
beautiful work. looks like a very talented group. thank you
Fabulous Images !!! Creativity at it’s best ! Thank you for the slide show !
Thanks for creating this slideshow; gorgeous images! Steve gives a great explanation of hungry ghosts. Such an interesting concept that really can be spread over all ones life….trying to work through/let go and find peace and contentment. ;-).
Bravo Steve, what en eloquent way to describe not only this group, but society as a whole. The art gathered here is amazing! Thanks for adding my shot Joanne!