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Tickle Your Fancy #42

Welcome back to our forty second post in our new section Tickle Your Fancy. Tickle Your Fancy’ includes a round-up of between three to 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 Fancy’ is 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.

This week we look at a fascinating article by Diane Smyth (from BJP) looking at photographic books and explaining the theory behind them in a very simple way. We then look at a series of images from a woman who photographed her grief for the loss of her mother and finally we link to an article expressing the ethical questions a photographer may ask themselves.

Hope you enjoy these this weekend…


Photography theory: a beginner’s guide


Fascinating article by Diane Smyth (from BJP), taking a look at several great photographic books and explaining the gist in a very simple way.

Go here to read more

The woman who turned her grief for her mother into pictures


‘When Beatriz Ruibal’s mother died, she began to obsessively photograph everything that was left behind – her jewellery, her lipsticks, her bed. The images make for a beautiful, moving study of mourning’.

This work is a tribute to the memory of the photographer’s mother, to the relationship between the daily life of women and the implications of motherhood. These images speak of nostalgia and loss, but also of survival. A bed, a chair, a lipstick, a perfume bottle or a pearl necklace draw us into the story behind the photographs. Phrases taken out of context, embroidered so that they will never unravel, complete this ray of emotion that Beatriz Ruibal manages to convey, which ultimately finds meaning in death through the evocative power of photography.
The project consists of colour photos in different formats and texts embroidered in gold and silver thread on cotton.

Read more here

The ethical questions that photographers ask themselves


Beyond legal restrictions and professional guidelines, who you photograph – and what you do with the images – is largely up to you.

Fascinating, read 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: