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Tickle Your Fancy – #27


Welcome back to our twenty seventh post in our new section ‘Tickle Your Fancy’. Tickle Your Fancy’ includes a round-up of five links to articles from around the internet that have specifically interested us during the course of the week. Ones that we feel are relevant to your interest in photography and art.

Just to explain the title for this section Tickle Your Fancyis an English idiom and essentially means that something appeals to you and perhaps stimulates your imagination in an enthusiastic way, we felt it would make a great title for this new section of the site.

We hope you enjoy this weeks’ selections…


Great literary husbands: The men who supported genius


Wonderful article about the wonderfully supportive men behind literary women. ‘Rebecca Mead’s wonderful new book, “My Life in Middlemarch,” offers a reminder that at least one woman writer succeeded in making an ideal selection in 1854 — even if George Eliot was not actually able to marry George Henry Lewes when the couple moved in together that year. (Lewes was already married to a woman who had deserted him for another man.) Lewes not only adored Eliot, he admired and supported her work without competitive reservation and helped change the course of literary history by persuading her to move beyond journalism to write fiction.

Read more here

NPPA Attorney Explains Photographers’ Rights and How to Deal with the Police



Interesting article on PDN with Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel to the National Press Photographers Association. ‘The gist of Osterreicher’s message is how to stay out of trouble while also getting the photos you need. He also suggests ways to explain your rights to an irate officer without getting arrested. And, on the maybe not-so-off chance you DO get arrested, he explains who to call for legal counsel’.

To watch the video go here

Artist Sketches the Mundane Moments of Strangers’ Lives


Japanese illustrator Hirofumi Hamaguchi takes mundane moments in life as an opportunity to practice his craft. The artist tells Mashable that he considers this method to be similar to athletes preparing for a big game. “To score a goal, to swim fast or to draw a good illustration for a client, you need to warm up,” he says’. via Mashable.

View his work on Instagram here

Fantastic High Contrast Images of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics


The Guardian has put together a selection of outstanding high contrast images of the Winter Olympics. These are a real treat to view.

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Lilian Bassman’s Distinctive Images of the 40’s and 50’s


Another fabulous series of images, this time by Lillian Bassman ‘produced by careful darkroom manipulation, they brought elegance and whimsy to a previously fusty, straight-backed style of promoting clothes and jewellery. Bassman was born in Brooklyn in 1917 into a family of free-thinking intellectuals. So bohemian were her parents that they allowed her to move in with her future husband at 15, before they were married. She trained as a textile designer first, but decided to try her hand at fashion illustration. When she showed her portfolio to Alexey Brodovitch, the director of Harper’s Bazaar, he immediately accepted her at his prestigious Design Laboratory, where she switched to graphic design’.

Take a look here

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: