COLUMNS,  News,  Portrait of an Artist

Mobile Photography – Portrait of an Artist – Sixteenth Video Showcase – TheAppWhisperer

Welcome to our sixteenth Portrait of an Artist Showcase! This Showcase complements our Portrait of an Artist Column edited by Michelle Robinson and Ile Mont. Every two weeks they will review and curate work that has been submitted to our dedicated Flickr group. In addition, to creating a showcase video which features a sampling of submitted work, we will also highlight a few images that have caught our attention… offering some thoughtful commentary about technique, composition and subject matter.

If you are not a member of our Facebook group… we highly recommend that you join us! This is our space for sharing newsworthy information and conducting discussions (what, when, where, why and how) regarding mobile portraiture and portraiture in general.

Please join our Facebook group for information sharing/discussions (link here)

Please upload your portraiture images to our Flickr Group for fortnightly showcase submissions (link here)

We hope you enjoy this weeks’ showcase…Many congratulations to all the artists featured this week, links to their images can be found below:

Susan Rennie, Heather McAlister, Ma Vie Photography – Trish Korous, Armineh Hovanesian, Bobbi McMurry, Phwax Patricia Leeds, Claude Panneton, Jane Schultz, ZinT71 – Sandra Becker, Angie Lambert, Kristie Michele Art, Lorenka Campos, Allyson Marie, Michelle Robinson, before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, Candice (CLAY3) Railton, Lorenka Campos, Geri Centonze, Cindy Buske, Eliza Badoiu, Andrea Koerner, Liliana Schwitter, Carolyn Hall Young, Aylin Argun.

“Choppa da onion” – Susan Rennie

Flickr link

Firstly, this image just popped out at me when I was doing the search within the Flickr pool for Oct 2015 – we are still playing catch up so that all the hard work that everyone has put in since last year gets looked at!

Secondly, I love the humour of the self portrait. Right away, I can see that Susan doesn’t take herself too seriously – the honesty in the image comes through.

Whilst not perfectly composed (the background slightly askew), the imperfection works in conveying a sense of spontaneity. I love the treatment in black and white as well – what comes across is the parody of a murder thriller like “Fatal Attraction” – at any moment she is going to chop and then boil bunnies!

Editor – Michelle Robinson

“Choppa da onion” – ©Susan Rennie

“Day 294 – Must Get Well” – Armineh Hovanesian

Flickr link

I feel almost guilty that I am selecting two black and white images to feature. It was not easy when I had all the selections down to the last 3 that I wanted to share and talk about. I chose Armineh’s image “Day 294 – Must Get Well” for the its composition and the emotions that it conveyed to me.

For me, an image is compelling when you see something different each time you look at it. This is evident in Armineh’s submission. At first glance, the self portrait is obvious; however, I was then drawn in to look closer and closer. Her image gave me a sense of discomfort – I had a feeling of something misplaced and not quite right – the complexity in the composition of the image translates that emotion so well. Then I looked at the title and all the dots connected for me. I actually felt enough discomfort to feel unwell.

Whilst each element in the image remain unclear, the near-abstract nature of it, it is the mystery of how it was created that makes me love this image so much. Well done, Armineh!

Editor – Michelle Robinson

“Must Get Well” – ©Armineh Hovanesian

Tell Tale Heart: Self-Portrait Series – Carolyn Hall Young

Flickr link

Through marvellous layering labour, Carolyn creates an almost sanctified, ethereal vision of herself: the aura over her head, the fixed, almost expressionless look of her face… But at the same time, her presence keeps coming back to the earthly plane through the use of more familiar references: a compass, a mail stamp and the envelope, her glasses and even the flag or is it a simple “x”? I have chosen it, because the psychological imagery and artistic composition of all the elements challenge the viewer to discover what’s beneath.

Editor – Ile Mont

“Tell Tale Heart: Self-portrait Series” – ©Carolyn Hall Young

Untitled – Aylin Argun

Flickr link

I find this such an elegant and sensual self portrait with the perfect amount and right choice of editing. Her expression and body language is all that is needed to achieve a compelling and seductive portrait that depicts a cinematographic nostalgia and glamour.

Editor – Ile Mont

Untitled – ©Aylin Argun

Portrait of An Artist Video Showcase

Donating = Loving =

Bringing you (ad-free) takes hundreds of hours each month and hundreds of pounds to sustain. If you find any joy and stimulation here, please consider becoming a Supporting Member with a recurring monthly donation of your choosing, or possibly making a one-time donation. This is a not for profit website and one that can only grow with your support.


Michelle Robinson is an Australian visual-artist-of-sorts based in Adelaide, South Australia. Completely self-taught, Michelle has been taking photos for most of her life. With the advent of iOS apps, Michelle has been able to combine her love for photography and art in a comprehensible and affordable manner. Michelle has earned her reputation for her images reflecting and portraying her own struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the associated symptoms of depression and anxiety. Her work has been recognised in various competitions, published in magazines and internationally exhibited in the USA and Europe. She is a founding artist of The New Era Museum and has been a supporter of TheAppWhisperer as well as the “iPhoneography” movement since its early days. Ileana Mont Born in Mexico City, Ileana is a professional in graphic communications and advertising. She studied in San Diego, CA. in the United States and later on she returned to Mexico City where she worked as a copywriter, graphic designer and creative director for several advertising agencies, until she realized she had a more artistic calling and a very strong feeling for painting and photography. She learned about painting techniques with Mexican artist Irma Grizá and engaged in developing and combining her photography and computer graphics skills through her visual expression. She is now an independent visual artist and photographer and has been featured in some important blogs about mobile art and photography. Ileana enjoys looking for the beauty out of ordinary things and the special things of our everyday lives.

One Comment

  • Ilise harris

    Great showcase. Gave me all sorts of ideas for images of my own that I thought were sleepers. Not to copy from other, but to springboard from, a spark shared. So thank you all for taking the time to create and share. Now off to the day job with a song and lectures in my heart. Xo Ilise