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Tickle Your Fancy – #30

Welcome back to our thirtieth 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…


Fashion Magazine Shoots Entire 10th edition on the 41-megapixel Nokia Lumia 1020


Centrefold magazine is a bi-annual large format (A2) arts and fashion magazine and the latest issue has been entirely photographed with a Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone. Centrefold launched by photographer Andrew Hobbs teamed up with Nokia and commissioned nine photographers to shoot.

The images were taken from around the world including Paris, New York, South Africa, UK and Mexico by Andrew Hobbs, Damon Baker, Peter Hill, Tung Walsh, Ulysse Frechelin, Tang Ting, Leandro Farina and Eric Guilleran – the images appear on full bleed A2 spreads.

Nokia is running a series of campaigns at the moment and has commissioned a number of famous photographers to shoot with the Lumia 1020, including David Bailey, Bruce Weber and Stephen Alvarez.

The magazine looks absolutely breathtaking and although this is not the first editorial project that we’ve seen with smartphones, I’m thinking of Martin Parr teaming up with Flo Heiss back in 2006 wit a book of images shot entirely with a Sony Ericsson camera phone. it is perhaps the most prestigious fashion title running to A2 format that we have seen. Really wonderful.


Beyond the Selfie


An interesting article in US based Popular Photography Magazine (one I also used to write for) has published an article focusing on the possibly most talked about photography expression at the moment, ‘the selfie’. This author of this article talks to several photographers and asks them for their meanings behind their selfies. So many thoughts are thrown up, perhaps ones you may not have realised, these include, politics and therapy. One photographer Zev Hoover (just 14 years old) pays huge attention to the backgrounds. Hoover has produced a series of what he calls “littlefolk” self-portraits that have earned him, among other national publicity, a segment on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Fabulous article, read more here

17th Century Fantasy Photo Shoot shot in a Swedish Castle

Seventeenth century characters inhabit a deserted Swedish castle in the photo series “A Frozen Tale” by Australian photographer Alexia Sinclair. Sinclair was inspired to create the series after the Swedish government invited her to shoot at Skokloster Castle, an unusually well-preserved 17th century Baroque castle near Stockholm. Shooting at the castle proved a challenge, as the unheated structure drops below freezing in the winter, and there is no electricity. Sinclair discusses the series in the video embedded here.

The images here are outstanding! I love them – view more here and view the video

The photographer who gave his life to tell the truth about Gaddafi’s Libya


A Liberian militia commander loyal to the government after firing a rocket-propelled grenade at rebel forces on a key strategic bridge in Monrovia, Liberia. July 20 2003. Photograph: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Award-winning photojournalist Chris Hondros was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade while covering the Libyan conflict in 2011. As a book of his images and writing is published, Jonathan Klein, CEO of Getty Images, shares his memories.

Incredibly important article, read more here.

The week in pictures


Picture: REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

I love this series in The Telegraph, it’s been running for so long and I view it every single week. This week there are some really stunning images from around the world. I particularly like the one above – ‘German pensioner Volker Kraft uses a step ladder as he decorates an apple tree with Easter eggs in the garden of his summerhouse, in the eastern German town of Saalfeld. Every year since 1965, Volker and his wife Christa have spent up to two weeks decorating the tree with their collection of 10,000 colourful hand-painted Easter eggs in time for Easter celebrations’.

View more 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: [email protected]