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Mobile Art and Photography That Has Influenced Me – Interview with Fiona Christian from the United Kingdom

We are delighted to bring you the fourth in our brand new  ‘Mobile Art and Photography that has Influenced Me’ series of interviews at TheAppWhisperer. Within this series, we contact well established and highly regarded mobile photographers and artists and ask them a sequence of questions. Each one relates to mobile art and photography that has inveigled and continues to impact them, by other mobile artists throughout the world. Our fourth interview is with Fiona Christian from the UK, enjoy!

In this interview, Christian cites work by Mike Ryan, Jeff Burgess, Catherine Restivo, Gianluca Ricoveri, Karen Tetrault, Clint Cline, Arjan van der Horst, Annie Helmsworth, Christine Mignon, Sabine Gromek, Giogiopoliti.

To read others in this series please go here.

“Firstly, I must thank Joanne for asking me to do this. It’s been lovely, wandering down memory lane. It has reminded me of so many more images than I can show here. I could have picked any image from any of these artists and applied it to any of the categories!”


The image that is currently in the forefront of my mind.

I saw this beach scene recently and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. It’s beautifully observed and the Hipstamatic combo is fabulous. I tried recreating it on a couple of my pics, without any success whatsoever. Which makes me love this even more!

Image ©Mike Ryan


The image that changed my life.

When I first started using Hipstamatic in 2010, I joined a FB group called Hipstamatic World, run by Jeff Burgess. This is an early one of his images that remains one of my all time favourite shots.

The lovely people in that group really opened my eyes to iPhone photography and I’ve been lucky to meet many of them in the real world. This has led to many other FB groups, many new friends and has quite literally changed my life.

Thanks Jeff 😘

Image ©Jeff Burgess


The image I wish I had created.

This was my first thought when I saw Catherine’s beautiful study. It’s something I’ve thought many times since too but this image has always stayed with me.

Image ©Catherine Restivo


Artwork that has influenced my art.

Gianluca has an innate ability to create masterpieces. I could have chosen literally any of his pics. They are all simply wonderful. From his stunning landscapes to his painterly floral studies, I’m in awe.

Image ©Gianluca Ricoveri


The image that is most underrated.

I saw this image recently in a Hipstamatic group and fell in love with it immediately. If I could have liked it twice, I would!

Image ©Karen Tetrault


The image that changed my mind.

I have never really been much of a fan of abstract art. There, I’ve said it!

However, that was until I discovered a FB group called appstracts. It wasn’t until I actually tried to create it, that I realised just how difficult it is to produce good abstract art.

Clint’s work epitomises Good Abstract Art. Every one of his images is breathtaking in both its simplicity and its complexity.

Consider my mind, well and truly changed!

Image ©Clint Cline


The most recent image that made me sad.

Seeing any of Arjan’s pics will create a twinge of anxiety. I still can’t believe he is no longer with us.

He was a good friend and an incredible talent and he is dearly missed.

Image ©Arjan van der Horst


The most recent image that made me smile.

I just love Annie’s adventures with Mr Gnome, Sir Kiwi and the gang. Guaranteed to bring a smile every time as they travel the stunning Alaskan countryside.

Image ©Annie Helmsworth


My comfort images.

Christine has taken more than a few of my all time favourite images. Her incredible eye, capturing what few others would see and then using the perfect Hipstamatic combo to wring out every last drop of perfection.

Simply wonderful!

Image ©Christine Mignon
Image ©Christine Mignon


The image I would most like to give as a gift.

Sabine is another artist with incredible talent. There is something truly special about this. Another that once seen, will never be forgotten. Once again, the perfect shot paired with the perfect combo. Just sublime.

Image ©Sabine Gromek


My earliest artistic memory.

Another group that I discovered in the early days was IPA. was an incredible forum of mobile artists which combined all the best elements of Flickr, P1xels, Instagram & Facebook all wrapped up into one.

It was here that I first saw this image. Another that I have never forgotten, it opened my eyes to the creative possibilities of mobile art.

Image ©Giogiopoliti

Contact Details for Fiona Christian

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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]