Gray’s Anatomy – ‘So Many Platforms, So Little Time’ – By Richard Gray


It’s Friday, so that means it’s Gray’s Anatomy! Each Friday, Richard Gray graces us with his humorous mobile photography column, Gray’s Anatomy and this week Richard humorously expresses his frustrations with platforms. Whether this is weather induced, who knows… we’ll let you decide but you’re sure to enjoy this. Over to you Richard (forward by Joanne Carter).



My head is spinning. And it’s not because of the heatwave we’re having in the UK at the moment. I’ve just come back from a small visit to Google+. I’d been looking for the digital whereabouts of France Freeman who was recently featured on the App Whisperer. I loved her Slow Shutter work shown there and, perhaps feeling slightly nostalgic for the app since my move to Android, I decided to try and find her. Hello, EyeEm, anyone answering to that name here? How about Flickr, have you seen her (great song)? Instagram? France seemed to have passed through all these places briefly but there were no recent sightings. I decided to Google her. Ah, Google+. There she is.

But finding her there reminded me that at a recent social media conference an expert on stage said it was the next big thing for photography. I felt slightly guilty for not doing anything about it. But really, aren’t there enough social media platforms for photos? That’s four platforms vying for my photos. And that’s not to mention Backspaces, which I feel I have shamefully neglected recently. (Enough of the guilt already!) When EyeEm originally came out, despite having a slightly odd name, I thought it looked really very cool (rectangles!), but I decided not to get on the bus because it would have been just too much work to keep it going alongside Instagram, which despite its recent transgressions, I still retained some affection for. But that changed when I switched to Android and found out that photos posted to Instagram via Android look rubbish. And as if they’d read my mind, EyeEm announced an Android version of their app. I gave it a spin and it works great. So now I’m totally I’d also recently resurrected my Flickr account after they launched their excellent mobile app. What’s a mobile photographer to do?

Of course it’s the law that you have to have a Facebook account and I’m finding Twitter very useful these days too. So I like my photo-posting platforms to be able to dual-post to those platforms. Very usefully EyeEm allows you to dual-post to Flickr, Twitter and Facebook. In the other direction, Flickr allows you to post to Facebook and Twitter, but not to EyeEm. Instagram is out of the question on my Android because photos look rubbish there. But unfortunately neither Flickr not EyeEm post to Instagram, so I can’t get in the back-door that way. So Instagram is rapidly ruling itself out of the equation on various fronts. Which brings me full circle to Google+, which I now find doesn’t condescend to any parallel-posting at all.
Again, my head is spinning. At least the sun is shining. I’m going out to the garden.




©Richard Gray – ‘Head spinning’

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:


  • Gerry Coe

    Richard…..But apart from all that, hows it all going, with Android?? There are just too many places to post photos apart from what you have mentioned and we all have or favourites. I am thinking of dropping a few of them cos I can’t keep up with them all. G.

  • Carlos

    Hi Richard!
    Do u have an article on your thoughts switching to Android? Would love to read that one!
    Cheers..we also hung out in our garden after hours of trimming plants, pulling weeds, and cutting the lawn. Enjoyed a nice lunch and a shot of tequila.