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Mobile Photography and Art – A Picture’s Worth with Catherine Caddigan

A Picture’s Worth‘… is where we ask mobile photographers that have created powerful mobile photography/art to explain the processes they took. This includes their initial thoughts as to what they wanted to create, why they wanted to create it, how they created it, including all apps used and what they wanted to convey. We also ask these incredible artists to explain their emotions and how the image projects those feelings. We have published a few A Picture’s Worth articles recently, if you have missed those – please go here.

In this A Picture’s Worth today we asked Catherine Caddigan to tell us more about her image featured here. Caddigan has detailed her thoughts below, we think you’ll find this invaluable… 

“I shot this portrait with my iPhone 6. I try to capture people in their truest sense, and it’s nice when they can relax with me and really be themselves. When I chose this image to work with I wanted to create a powerful portrait, one that could speak about how women project themselves, but I was not sure where the process would take me.

I then took the portrait to my iPad, fine tuned the image in Snapseed and used Image Blender to drop in a texture in the background, then into Procreate where I did most of the alterations. The collage element of the measuring tape was added in two sizes in two layers. I then painted directly into the portrait layer. This is spontaneous like finger painting, and I worked quickly, the trick is to know when to stop. I find this a rewarding process. A nice feature of Procreate is the “undo.” feature.  I also smeared the image some until I got the affect I wanted. I had reserved a duplicate of that layer before painting and played with the scale, removing what I didn’t need with the eraser and painting and smearing to blend the two images.

I love the painterly effects and layering that can be achieved in Procreate. It’s close to working on a conventional collage for me because of the “hands on” feel of the tools.

Thank you Joanne for asking me to take part in this wonderful series”.

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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]