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Mostly Mobile Photography & Mobile Art – Tickle Your Fancy #50

Welcome back to our fiftieth post in our Tickle Your Fancysection. 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…

On photography — in the smartphone era

In his new collections of essays, “Known and Strange Things” (the title is from a poem by Seamus Heaney), the writer and photographer Teju Cole covers lots of ground, metaphorically and otherwise. Roughly a third of the pieces are essays on literature written for The New Yorker and other magazines, while another third deal with international travel and politics. But the remainder — and the heart of the book — is a set of remarkably probing essays on photography, most written as a New York Times Magazine critic in his regular column, “On Photography”.

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6 Things Apple Iphone Users Should Buy For Amazing Pics

In 2015 there were a total of 230 million iPhones sold across the world. With iOS as its operating system, Apple iPhones are the second most widely used smartphones in the world. In 2016 a trend has been noticed, a trend where people have decided to keep their DSLRs home and have chosen to enjoy their hobby of photography with their Apple iPhones. Who can blame them? With iPhone like clarity, there is only so much you can complain about as a photographer. Recently, there was also news that professionals has started to use iPhones at big events such as for covering weddings.

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Starting again: How Instagram transformed artist Gill Button’s career

Gill Button creates oil paintings and inky portraits, posting images of her work to Instagram under the name @buttonfruit. She now has 66,000 followers and has been asked to create artwork for record sleeves, magazines, fashion houses and TV shows by people who have spotted her work on the platform. It’s an unexpected turn of events for Button, who started using the site to display personal work after becoming fed up with commercial illustration…

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Why do we struggle to respect women in the arts?

We all have heard about cases of sexual harassment or simply disrespectful attitudes towards females in workplaces, which sometimes get buried under the never ending mazes of bureaucracy, some other times they lead to job losses, penalties, warnings, sometimes plain ignorance. We’ve also seen several cases gain public attention whether through high profile trials in the court that are reported in the media or cases where social media brings them to our attention through hundreds of likes and shares.

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Confessions of a For-Profit Photography Teacher

Making a living as a commercial photographer these days can be tough. But trying to keep the lights on at “for-profit” schools that teach photography to budding professionals ain’t no picnic, either. Just ask anybody who used to work for Brooks Institute in California or Hallmark Institute of Photography  in Massachusetts.

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DJI’s new Osmo+ camera adds a zoom lens

DJI’s Osmo is already one of the better action camera / stabiliser (or gimbal) combos out there, but a new model is already on its way. Less than a year after the Osmo was released, DJI is introducing the Osmo+, a $649 camera and gimbal combo that improves on the original in one obvious but significant way: zoom.

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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: