AppArt – The Difference Between AppArt and Apped Photos – Explained


Very recently our uber AppArt Editor, Bobbi McMurry, posted an explanation (with illustrations) between AppArt and Apped Photos to our dedicated Facebook Column. We have taken the liberty of reposting it here to, ensuring that it reaches as many of you as possible. We would love you to join us! Enjoy this. (foreword by Joanne Carter).


Not AppArt

One of the most unique aspects of AppArt is that the composition exists in the imagination of the artist. It can come to be through (1) digital painting (using apps), (2) Collage approach compiling more than one photo to create a unique image.

This is an image I shot with a macro lens on my iPhone. While it is EXTREMELY manipulated and edited, it is NOT AppArt, it is a manipulated photo. (The composition shot was not changed through the manipulation).

Image ©Bobbi McMurry



This is an image created using several photographs all compiled on my iPad using apps to layer, merge, modify, manipulate, etc. THIS IS APPART.

Image ©Bobbi McMurry



This is an image I used as the basis for a piece of AppArt…

Image ©Bobbi McMurry



This is APPART created with the above photo.

Image ©Bobbi McMurry


Not AppArt

This is a manipulated photo. Many people would post this because it couldn’t exist without apps, BUT the composition originated in the camera. In the image with the blue agave hair, I added more images to the girl creating a narrative very different from what exists in this MANIPULATED PHOTO.

Image ©Bobbi McMurry



This example by Lorenka Campos IS APPART, the narrative is created OUTSIDE the camera.

Image ©Lorenka Campos

This is another example of AppArt created by one of our members, Rita Colantonio.

Image ©Rita Colantonio


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