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Mini Mobile Portfolio Reviews (MMPR) – Brand New Section Added To TheAppWhisperer

TheAppWhisperer is a pioneering mobile photography and art website. As our loyal readers know we are committed and most of all deeply passionate about mobile photography and we have been a leading force in this area for many years. We are committed to elevating  this incredible art form and our progress has been exceptional with additional prestigious titles including Vogue and LensCulture now publishing our unique content based on mobile photography/ers.

It is with huge pleasure today, that I announce a brand new section to TheAppWhisperer, one that I believe will directly help the mobile photographer to gain more clarity and authentication of their work.  Today, we are launching Mini Mobile Portfolio Reviews (MMPR). This section will be edited by Miranda Gavin.  Miranda is a writer, blogger, editor, educator and photographer (you can read an in-depth bio below).  She regularly reviews professional portfolios – Photomonth (2009-12), Renaissance Photography Prize (2013-2014) and Brighton Photo Fringe (2014)  as well as visits student degree shows  – University of Derby, (2011-14); University of the Creative Arts, Farnham, 2013-14; University of Norwich, 2011.  Miranda has a BA (Hons) in Photography (University of Westminster) and a Master of Research from London Consortium (Birbeck) in Humanities and Cultural Studies (2008).

Miranda is kindly offering these Mini Portfolio Reviews for free for now, as we gauge interest, take up and time. Each Mini Portfolio Review will be completely confidential, we will not publish any reviews, unless you want us to.  Every few weeks we will offer additional tips and techniques to this section to help you prepare a portfolio for submission.

Please Note:  This is an Online Submission Process with Written Feedback.

Please read the following information on how to submit your portfolio for a review:

Please submit


  • A Series of images (6-10) and a Set of Single images (10)

Total: 20 max (16 minimum)

  • A Set of Single images only (10-20)

Total 20 max (10 minimum)

NOTE: If submitting a series, please label and order the images in the sequence that you want them to be seen. Please submit all content via WeTransfer to


Notes For Submission

1) Please indicate how much of your work involves post-production techniques.

2) What mobile camera do you use and which apps have you used to create the images submitted? Please list them.

3) If you have a particular question regarding your work, please include it with your submission.


The MPR will consist of feedback covering:

  • Content

This covers the subject matter i.e. what is in the photograph as well as the general approach and overall concept.

  • Aesthetics

This covers formal aspects including composition (the arrangement of the elements in the frame), colour, depth of field, blur/sharpness, point of view etc.

  • Editing

This covers the selection of images and sequencing (the images in relation to each other).

  • General feedback and ways forward

More About Miranda Gavin

Miranda is a writer, blogger, editor, educator and photographer. She is Editor-at-Large for the quarterly, print edition of Hotshoe contemporary photography magazine (, and was Editor of Frame and Reference, an online hub for galleries, museums and visual arts organisations in the South East UK ( from May 2013-Nov 2014. She has a photography-focused blog, now called The Roaming Eye ( that she has been curating since 2009.

In 2010 Miranda co-founded Tri-Pod (, a creative initiative that supports lens-based artists with research and development of personal photographic Projects in Process. She has also facilitated participatory photographic workshops for street homeless men in London (PhotoVoice and Union Chapel, 2003-4).

Miranda has published work over the last ten years, nationally and internationally, for a range of photography publications and books, including The Times, British Journal of Photography; F2 Freelance Photographer; KATALOG and Gomma’s book, MONO. She has blogged for the New York Photo Festival (2008-9) and the World Photo Organisation (2013). She also writes galley texts and artist statements for a number of photographers and visual artists.

She regularly reviews portfolios – Photomonth (2009-12), Renaissance Photography Prize (2013-2014) and Brighton Photo Fringe (2014)  as well as visits student degree shows  – University of Derby, (2011-14); University of the Creative Arts, Farnham, 2013-14; University of Norwich, 2011.

Miranda has been a judge for a number of photography competitions that include the Annual Hotshoe/Photofusion Members’ Award, 2010-2014 for which she is sole judge; the Series category of the Renaissance Photography Prize 2013; and the Student category for the Association of Photographers (2011). She also delivers and chairs talks including Discovering Your Competitive Side at Photofusion (2014), On Landscape (2014), International Opportunities for MA Photography University of Westminster (2013) and a talk on Black and White photography for the World Photo Organisation (2013).

Miranda has a BA (Hons) in Photography (University of Westminster) and a Master of Research from London Consortium (Birbeck) in Humanities and Cultural Studies (2008). She is currently collaborating on text and image works, all shot on a mobile camera, with an experimental writer and artist.


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:


  • MaryJane Sarvis

    This is quite an offering! How incredibly valuable. I’m quite excited and am already considering what I’d like feedback on. Wonderful!!

  • Laurence Zankowski


    Does iPad mini photography count or is this a smart phone only thing?

    And a little more clarification on series, vs single images …

    Be well,

    Laurence Zankowski

  • diana nicholette jeon

    Wow-unbelievable opportunity, especially for peole with no art training and little access to gallerists , editorsart educators This kind of Wow-unbelievable opportunity for all, but especially for peole with no art training and little access to gallerists, editors, educators.This kind of feedback usually costs money in either schooling or feedback usually costs money either for schooling or for paid time with a professional consultant. Hugely innovative work by the App Whisperer!

  • Bobbi McMurry

    Really brilliant, the model you have created is comprehensive, innovative, informative and entertaining. Very impressive. I’ve said it before, but I’m not really sure how you accomplish all you do in a day!

    Question, I’m not a photographer but a mobile artist. Do you think my work would be eligible for this service?

  • Elsa Brenner

    This is fabulous Joanne. Just what I have yearned for. I will definitely take advantage of this. You’re a very impressive person in many ways.

  • Miranda Gavin

    Hello to you all for your comments. Joanne invited me to contribute to The App Whisperer and we discussed how I could best be of help. The template for the reviews is as comprehensive as I can be in a limited time/word count but I believe it covers the main bases. Re: Lawrence Z’s question. I am happy to look at Single Images, or a Series or a mixture (as with recent review for Davide C). Single images are ones that standalone whereas for Series the images are connected in some way and can be grouped together . Thanks to all of you who have submitted work. I am working my way through them and will be sending in my fourth review next week, then taking a break over Xmas. For those of you who are interested I judged an award last week and wrote a little about my judging process. I will paste a link into the next comment.
    Happy Holidays to you all.

    • Laurence Zankowski


      This is a long awaited answer. So, yes on my part i will finally submit, after the holidays, and probably around mid january. Don’t hold me to it. But thats the goal.

      Be well


  • Miranda Gavin

    Hi Lawrence, yes, sorry for the delay, I have had a lot on my plate recently and now that the holiday season is approaching I’ve been able to catch up. Looking forward to seeing your work, if you do decide to submit, and even if you don’t then I hope that the reviews that are made public are of some help to you. Happy Holidays, best Miranda