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Weekend of Mobile Photography/Art with Alexis Rotella

Last weekend you may recall that we posted our second in a new series of articles entitled ‘Weekend of Mobile Photography/Art‘. That one was with Fiona Christian, our first was with Jerry Jobe and this weekend Alexis Rotella tells all! Take a look…

All images ©Alexis Rotella

“My schedule is not 9-5, five days a week, with the weekend off.  I’m a licensed acupuncturist who often sees patients on Saturdays, so there’s no set time where I do mobile art. Especially during the winter months, I am not tooling around town in Annapolis, Maryland. But when I go grocery shopping, I’m always on the lookout for flowers to work with”.

“I have a big house to take care of as well as a large yard. I recently started the Paleo diet which requires careful planning of meals. Much of my time, for the past 50+years has been dedicated to writing and editing Japanese poetry forms in English. I take my writing seriously. But I also love mobile art and it brings me such pleasure to turn over the reins to the Muse”.

“On Saturday nights and Sundays especially, I read novels, poetry, nonfiction. I watch Netflix as well as old movies. I am curious about so many things. I have more questions than answers. I believe who I am as a person comes out in my art and though I don’t always like what appears on the screen, each piece of mobile art teaches me something. I spend hours every week looking at the work of other artists, mobile artists as well as modern painters and the old masters. I think when I die what I will miss most is my iPhone!”

“Every night my husband and I turn on the news and while I listen to what’s going on in this crazy world, I have my iPad Pro on my lap and get lost in the editing process.  Perhaps the tulips I photographed earlier in the day want to speak in a new unspeakable language, or maybe a photo from the Web wants to be recycled into something unrecognisable. Maybe I’ll play with the Diana App and see what images want to marry each other. Or I might download a new app just for kicks and be disappointed or delighted. It’s all about going with the flow, not getting too attached to any image, but falling in love with the one that hasn’t happened yet, whether it be the weekend or a Monday morning while lingering in bed”.

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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]