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Personal Mobile Photo Story with ‎Marguerite Khoury

“Contentment with who we are allows us to be free of the pressure to stay everlasting young.  Believing that time and ageing can be stopped, is a fairy tale. One of the many benefits of ageing is wisdom and the wise, are very beautiful”. (foreword by Joanne Carter).


Photographs and text by
Marguerite Khoury


She was innocent. Looking at her reflection, smoothing out her hair.  Lost in trance. Suddenly the sound of her mothers words echoed in her ears, stop looking at yourself. It’s not nice to be vain. What would you do if you where any more pretty?”

Years passed and she never put much thought into her self image. Sometimes she forgets what she looks like until she’s reminded with a quick glance in the mirror every morning when she brushed her teeth. 
It wasn’t hard to notice her frizzy hair, crooked nose and blemishes. Her whole life she felt like a small flame. Enough shine to sustain life and serve its purpose. A constant flicker of limbo. But deep down she knew she burns. Burns for passion. She had a desire to ignite that fire and share her love. So her journey began….
She stopped ignoring herself. She will no longer be the rose caged by its thorns. Her hands were aged and rough but long and slender. Her nose suddenly suited her face and her hair flowed like a beautiful whisper. The flaws she slowly waltzed with as a young girl were now her dancing beauties. 
She danced with grace and elegance. Spinning away the words and reminders of her shame. “Look at me” she thought to herself. “I’m beautiful!”
At some point in our lives we are criticized or struggle with the way we look. As a teenager trying to find our place…after giving birth…or when you hit a mid life crisis and realize age is unkind.
We need to remember that we are innocent to time. It can be cruel as any stage. We need to embrace who we are and not surrender to it cruelty. Get up and dance in defiance. Show the world your timeless beauty.


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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: [email protected]