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PictureBook – Dreams of the Canvas Sky – By Benamon Tame

We’re delighted to publish Benamon Tame’s eleventh article to 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 uber creative article from Benamon, fabulous piece. Over to you Benamon. (foreword by Joanne Carter).



‘There was once a girl who saw the sailing clouds and took them into her dreams

These are the moments from stories, the one line you remember when you wake’




Dreams of the Canvas Sky ‘ – ©Benamon Tame


I have quite an obsessive personality, when I get stuck on something or have an idea in my head it tends to stay there and take over. Party because of that my workflow has increasingly become one of blocks, I will run with a project/series to the exclusion of pretty much everything else until I exhaust it for a while or get derailed by something new.

On the positive side running numerous projects can help against artists block, I can just jump track and hopefully one of them will inspire me, on the downside it can be a bit one track and I have ended up with an ever increasing number of half finished projects (photographic, writing and sculpture) . My intention this year was to try and reduce it, to actually see what could be finished and not start anything new until I had, new Lost Toys could still be found but nothing else! The first to be finished is the The Canvas Sky.


©Benamon Tame

The Canvas Sky started out as a abstract study, inspired by some work I had seen on a Tumblr browse. The pieces were abstracts, with varied natural textures and an earthy palette, browns, blacks and creams. Abstracts are something I dip into very occasionally, I can appreciate them as a viewer but don’t come easily as an artist, I am too used to a more structured and narrative approach. I started by just looking round the house for textures, looking at folds in curtains or on bed linen, bread rolls and door mats.


I brought the samples together in Diptic, and used Iris to edit, reducing the colours to add some connection between the elements in colour while still keeping the textures.

I worked on a couple of pieces but still felt they lacked something so put them aside to sleep on.


©Benamon Tame


I brought the samples together in Diptic, and used Iris to edit, reducing the colours to add some connection between the elements in colour while still keeping the textures.

I worked on a couple of pieces but still felt they lacked something so put them aside to sleep on.



©Benamon Tame


Looking with fresh eyes I started to see landscapes as if viewed from the clouds and a jumble of other perspectives. I started to imagine who would see this view that could only be seen in a dream.

With the addition of drifting clouds hung on string and one of my daughters dolls being carried up on a balloon I reworked and finished the piece.



©Benamon Tame


The colours and textures were still an important part but now they were a landscape and part of something. Originally just called the Canvas Sky, I produced about a dozen images all with surreal and dream like elements and a wider narrative starting to emerge. Roll on to 2013 and revisited the series and reworked a couple and added some more, inspired by a photograph of my sleeping daughter, the Canvas sky became moments from her dream.






The original image titles were expanded or reworked to build the story and the final series was brought together as a book. The book was released under Blurb and is now available on their site as a physical book with digital ebook edition also available from them or on itunes ibook store (see here). Or via Blurb (see here). Next on my list is another illustrated book, the Tale of Childr INKfish.

Apps used in the Series: Diptic, Iris Photo Suite, Juxtaposer, Blender, Pictureshow, Photoforge2


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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]


  • Lola Mitchell

    Beautiful Photos and beautiful Book. I checked out the preview on Blurb and was so impressed by the whole book. You are so talented!

  • Catherine

    The book is gorgeous… I just love this series. <3

    Am super excited for the return of Childr INKfish! 😀

    • Benamon Tame

      Thank you Catherine, the series was drifting around for so long i was really pleased to be able to see it finished.. now onto the INKfish!