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PictureBook – ‘The Burden of Self-Minerva’ – By Benamon Tame

Benamon does it again, with another fantastic sixth article for his Column PictureBook. In PictureBook Benamon concentrates on the the story behind the image. As Benamon himself describes it: ‘As Photographic artists we do not just capture stories but create them, the journey behind and the image we present. PictureBook draws on Images selected from my own story series but will also look at the work of the other story tellers within the community’.

Don’t miss this incredibly creative article from Benamon, another great piece. Over to you Benamon…. (foreword by Joanne Carter).

“Before her glass eyes the toys moved around, but she did not see them.

Like flickering images from a projector, strange memories played before her inner vision and overwhelmed her. Once she had tried fight it, but she was too new, herself to small and the Now too fleeting. Against the wave of days she was seduced and lost. Paper in the rain.

The other toys had watched in strange fascination when Syster had delivered the brain from its jar and laid it into Minerva. Her china head opened in fearful compliance of Loki’s curiosity.

Fasination turned away as they watched her sink into herself, small sounds and twitches, muttered words from forgotten conversations gave way to silence and the image of lifelessness.

The toys drifted away to other games and newer fascinations and Loki sought out other games.



© Benamon Tame – ‘The Burden Of Self’


Minerva is another casualty of the Toy Room, her story touches on the fragility of personality and how much of who we are is based on what we have experienced. Minerva is paralysed by the weight of memory from the brain Loki has given her. The flood of past events replayed and all the emotion attached to them, reducing her place to that of a mere observer, barely herself only in that herself is the point of observation. Her own sense of self is too new, no memory of experience to support it and compete. She is also caught by the richness and otherness of it, mesmerised and addicted to exploring another, giving her something the Toy Room could never give her.


© Benamon Tame – ‘The Burden Of Self. Typewriter remix’


Minerva took her name from the Roman Goddess of wisdom.

When looking at the remixes for Minerva I wanted to try and visualise the thoughts in her head and the butterflies beating against a window came to mind. Wings flickering like jumbled memories against the front of her consciousness . I also imagined Minerva caught up in a memory, watching the flight of butterfly, consumed by exploring all the detail of it and everything around, sounds and textures, the feel of everything and the myriad of emotions and strands to other memories. The butterflies are presented in mix, not quite as real as Minerva beneath them and tinted almost like a film negative.


© Benamon Tame – ‘The Burden of Self.Butterfly Wing remix’


The butterfly wing remix drew this quite boldy while the Butterfly thoughts remix took the main elements and combined them to create a visual shorthand for her mind and body”.


© Benamon Tame – ‘The Burden of Self.Butterfly thoughts remix’


Apps used for creating the images were Juxtaposer, Iris Photo Suite (now rebranded as Laminar Pro), ScratchCam, Pictureshow, Snapseed and Blender. The remixes also used Lo-Mob, Labelbox and Phonto

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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]

One Comment

  • Catherine

    Gorgeous tale and art, once again. <3

    I felt a bit sad for Minerva at first, but then it changed as I read, maybe being lost in her mind/world was better than the reality of the Toy Room.

    I adore both the remixes too! Bravo Benamon! xoxo