Photography & Art – Tickle Your Fancy #47

Welcome back to our forty seventh 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.

We really hope you enjoy these articles over the weekend…

Etheldreda Laing: portraits from a pioneering photographer

Etheldreda Winkfield was 23 when she married the barrister Charles Laing, in 1895, and already an accomplished artist. She had learnt to draw at art school in Cambridge, near her family home in Ely, where her father was the headmaster of the King’s School.

The school’s origins in a religious house founded by the seventh-century abbess of Ely St Eltheldreda inspired her unusual name – she was known by the more palatable “Audrie” to family and friends.

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Surfer Sean Yoro’s eerie waterside murals – in pictures

O’ahu-born Sean Yoro is an artist who likes to ‘paints things on things’. The surfing enthusiast’s large hyperrealistic murals of women partially submerged in water are made with traditional oil paint, and each image can take up to four days to complete. Photographs by Aaron A

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Navigating a Mother’s Mental Illness Through Photography

Melissa Spitz was only six when her mother Deborah was institutionalized for psychotic paranoia, while her father was away on an overseas trip, leaving Spitz and her brother at friends’ homes. Over the years, her mother’s diagnoses changed frequently—from personality disorder to alcoholism—eventually rupturing her family.

…But as the world of photography opens doors to self-reflective and sensitive examination, accusations of exploitation also arise. And Spitz understands how turning the lens on her mother can affect her mother’s behavior.

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Americans in Paris: 8 Iconic Women Who Took Their Beauty Cues from the City of Light

With twelve nominations for this Sunday’s Tony Awards—including Best Musical—Christopher Wheeldon’s An American in Paris reimagines the classic tale of a young American who falls in love with (and on) the streets of the enchanting French city. And although the musical has roots in Gershwin’s symphonic poem of the same name, clandestine affairs with the City of Light have been pervasive since ex-pats began settling in the French capital in the 1920s.

Their adoration is easy to understand. For a certain troupe of American women who made a tradition of the European jaunt, Paris provided the freedom to become who they were meant to be, down to a garçonne-chic haircut—or a slick marcel wave.

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Anish Kapoor’s Versailles ‘vagina’ causes controversy in France

First Paul McCarthy’s towering “butt-plug” sculpture in Paris was vandalised amid protests by conservative groups; now the celebrated artist Anish Kapoor’s giant “vagina” at the Palace of Versailles is causing handwringing debate in France before it even opens to the public.

Kapoor is the latest in a line of high-profile modern artists invited to install new works at the Château de Versailles, the enormous palace built by the Sun King Louis XIV that came to symbolise the end of the monarchy and the French revolution.

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Anish Kapoor’s Dirty Corner. Photograph: Fabrice Seixas/Kapoor Studio

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: