Mobile Photography & Art – The Courage to be Afraid – Showcase for Carolyn Hall Young

Recently, I set up a Facebook group entitled – The Courage to be Afraid – A Tender Tribute to Human Valiance with Carolyn Hall Young. Hall Young is our dear friend and hugely talented artist and many of you are aware that she is currently experiencing particularly challenging health issues. This group was made with love and is full of love from all the artists who have joined this group to create and share their images for her. I have complied each image into a film showcase, so that she can view all of them in one sitting (hopefully). When she is feeling more well, I am sure she will be able to vist the group and view all of your kind words in full (more so, than the space allows me to write the titles).

(Please do note, that I have gone through the group several times, searching for all the images for this particular showcase and I believe I have included everyone, if not, please just let me know and I will add you).

Many thanks to the following artists for creating these images for Carolyn:

Vicki Cooper, Claudia Contreras, Carol Wiebe, Mandolina Moon, Violet Martins, Catherine Restivo, Headattacks Crealitys, Kate Zari Roberts, Lorenka Campos, Eric L Raddatz, Andy Butler, Deborah McMillion, Roger Guetta, Carol Dogsitter Smith, M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, Susan Lee, Sandra Rose, Nancy McClure, Diana Nicholette Jeon, Giulia Baita, Susan Murtaugh, Janet Reid, Bobbi McMurry, Sylvia DeVoss, Christina Chin, Marianne Rieter, Bob Weil, Mo Inboxes, Stephanie Paloni Chupein, Lulu Elenes De Panbehchi, Deb Wasilewski, Davide Capponi, Elsa Brenner, Clarisse Debout, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Jo Sullivan, Stephanie Roberts, Lisa Allen Noneman, Anthony Ozorai, Ile Mont, Isabel Afonso, Mariette Schrijver, Teri Lou Dantzler, Rad Drew, Sara McCracken, Juta Jazz, Edward Santos, Claude Panneton, Nick Kenrick, Debara Splendorio, Giancarlo Beltrame, Isabella Matthews, Brendan O Se, Ioannis Sidiropoulos, Candice Railton, Lanie Heller, Miranda Gray, Rosanna Cappiello, Lee Atwell, Blacksmith Pat, Marguerite Khoury, Sarah Jarrett, Maura Shine, Stef Le Pape, Louise Whiting, David Hayes, Pat Brown, Leon Williams, Eliza Badoiu, Trish Korous, Mark Schnidman, Mim Keo, Jaime Glasser, Nicky No, Dominique Torrent, Clint Cline, Jane Schultz, Allyson Marie, Jeffrey Simpson, Dave Nolan, Jose Pinto Antunes, Linda M Toki, Patricia Januszkiewicz, Liz Dameron, Christine Mignon,  Cathrine Halsor, Erika C Brothers, Alon Goldsmith, Ilise Harris, Armineh Hovanesian, Adrienne Parks, Kim Martino-Diaz, Cat Morris, Knox Bronson, Paul Toussaint, Lisa Mitchell, Clarisse Debout, Lrh Arquitecto, Osk Alden, Susan Rennie, Linda Sbath, Vanessa Vox, Jay Desind, Donna Donato, Andrea Bigiarni, Cara Gallardo Weil, Connie Gardner Rosenthal, Barbara Nebel, Jerry Jobe, Vicki Cooper, Kaaren Malcolm, Fiona Christian, Christine O Sobczak, Marian Seid Rubin, Karen Divine, Gianluca Ricoveri, Robi Gallardo, Kristie Benoit, Jill Lian, Elaine Taylor, Vicki Whicker, Sylvie Prevot.

I have also been asked to mention Carolyn’s GoFundMe fund that has been set up by some school friends of Carolyn to help with her medical expenses. Here’s a link to find out more about that.

‘Ride ’em Cowgirl!’ – ©Susan Rennie

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: [email protected]


  • Deborah McMillion

    How could anyone not blossom even to the tiniest bright atom of sunlight after seeing this outpouring of love. Joanne and all the participants, this is one shining example of all the Good in this World. And Carolyn, we are not done with having your beautiful soul around and the kindest person buoying us all up on that Positivism you personify. I am proud to be part of this group.
    Much love

  • Carolyn Hall Young

    I am so completely moved to tears, to see this. I thank you. I see you. I see you. I thank you.
    My friends, old and new, close and tangential, whose work and ways of being I respect and admire, whose images I have known, without being able to articulate how. All this connectedness, which would both fuels me, and breaks my heart, as your hearts are blossoming into full open ON, into the wild courage and unpredictable rodeo of caring enough about another to risk impossible pain and certain loss. What bravery here! What grace!
    I thank you for your courage to look me in the eye, and to not look away.
    To celebrate our common intent, to bring into view the love, the beauty, the art. The clarity. Thank you. That we can stand back, hold each other’s hands, and make love grow. To not forget. To find thanksgiving. To see the possible. Thank you for filling the world with more goodness. That we love without knowing why, but just knowing that it matters.
    And, that it does not matter if the focus of love is me or you – it is both, the all of us in it. We are the same. The fullness of it. Transparent, like water. It is the will to be joyful, because we are the same, in entirely different ways – the loved, the loving, the beloved, the BEING LOVED. I am basking in your loving. Thank you.
    Every single one of you, every self-doubting, broken-hearted, wishful-thinking, grateful/guilty/gratified, entitled, not-good-enough, in the plenitude of time, when you are happily surprised by the sweetness in your own heart – that is you, with your good intent, bringing love to my table, wishing me well, and I am wishing you well, too.
    Bon voyage, to you, whatever your destination. Olé to you and every single one of your beautiful dreams.
    I hope you catch my love arriving, too, on the edge of a shadow – in that pause before the light turns green, when you get to move forward. A glimmer of light off of a wet leaf. A sense of well being.
    Today, I am the bird on the wire. I have dared to love and be loved. I thank you.
    I am like you, just a girl who wants to have fun, and maybe do something wildly liberating in the process of bowing to kiss the sacred ground. I love this sacred ground. I love to kiss.

  • Sharon DiLeo

    Dear Joanne,

    This is an extraordinary presentation of all of you who have been inspired to give to Carolyn. I love the music along with the fading from color to black and white. The artists creations are truly amazing–embodying much love and beauty. Thank you for all that you have and continue to do.