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Mobile Photography – A Picture’s Worth with Gillian Brodie – TheAppWhisperer

A Picture’s Worth‘… is where we ask mobile photographers that have created powerful mobile photography/art to explain the processes they took. This includes their initial thoughts as to what they wanted to create, why they wanted to create it, how they created it, including all apps used and what they wanted to convey. We also ask these incredible artists to explain their emotions and how the image projects those feelings. We have published a few A Picture’s Worth articles recently, if you have missed those – please go here.

In this A Picture’s Worth today we asked Gillian Brodie to tell us more about her image ‘Decimated Vision’, one that we included in a recent Flickr Group Showcase.  Brodie has detailed her thoughts below, I’m quite sure you will enjoy learning more about this image.


If asked to describe my photographic style I would define myself as an urban/street photographer.

A subject I have developed an interest in is the depiction of women in urban art, along with the work of female grafitti artists. I’m working on a series I call “Girls on Walls” (The girl in this picture is by the Australian Street artist DEEJ).

I’m also totally in love with the medium of mobile photography – to the degree that my camera now sits sadly on a shelf and nearly all my work is shot using my phone (currently an LGg3) and edited either in my phone or on my iPad ! I’m very excited to be a part of the burgeoning world-wide movement that is the mobile photography community! 

When I take a photo I almost never see it as an end result, but merely as the starting point of my creation. Sometimes I have a very clear vision of how I want my image to end up and other times ideas come to me as I edit. I often do several, sometimes very different, edits of the same base image.

The past year has been a very difficult one for me on a number of levels and I have at times felt completely devastated. I have struggled to pick up the pieces & put them back together again so that I can move on with my life. 

The image “Decimated Vision” is an expression both of my pain and of my determination to not allow it to overwhelm me, but to put those shattered pieces back together in some form or another and move forwards.

While I have always loved creating images, it’s only recently that I have begun using that creation as part of a healing process and to express my deeper emotions rather than just as a visual statement.

I used the apps Snapseed, Oggl ( Tinto 84 lens & D-Type Plate film) and finally decim8 to create this picture.

Thanks so much Joanne for choosing this image for A Pictures Worth – it’s a special feeling to know that what I was trying to portray in my work resonates for others too!” 

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— 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 - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com 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]