We are delighted to publish our New Year Resolutions for 2019 from a selection of highly talented mobile photographers and artists throughout the world. As in previous years we have asked mobile photographers and artists for their New Year Resolutions with an accompanying image or video . Thank you to everyone who has contributed, they all make great reading, viewing and are inspiring, we are forever grateful to you all.
One of my New Year Resolutions this year is to accept an invitation to at least one Private View Exhibition each month. Naturally, I do not want to attend these on my own, so I am inviting our readers to contribute to each opportunity by supplying questions for the artist I am viewing. The first private view I will be attending this year, is in early February, with Tracey Emin, at her major solo exhibition entitled ‘A Fortnight of Tears’. I’ll be chatting with Emin there, so please forward any questions you would like me to ask her, on your behalf. Another of my New Year Resolutions is to try to give each individual artist more of my time. That’s no easy task but I believe so strongly in all of your work, I want to encourage and help as much as I can. So, to each and every one of you, I wish you a very Happy New Year, with much good health, wealth and success!
(Editors note: If you have not contributed to this post and you would like to, or if you have sent me your brief and I have not included it here, please let me know and I will open up this post and add it and of course you have my apologises in advance).
Many thank to the following artists for their contributions:
M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, Juta Jazz, Sabine Gromek, Jaime Glasser, Petyr Campos, Jean Hutter, Carol Wiebe, Robin Cohen, Stefania Pecchioli, Diane Neubauer, Clint Cline, Giulia Baita, David Hayes, Kerry Mitchell, Andrew B White, Rad Drew, Shirley Drevich, Armineh Hovanesian, Manuela Matos Monteiro, Fleur Schim, Barbara Braman, Oola Cristina, Carlos Austin, Susan Detroy, Bonobo Stone, Allyson Marie, Luis Rodriguez, Cecily Batey Caceu, Gizem Karayavus, Elodie Hunting, Anca Balaj, Christine Sobczak, Rino Rossi, Sonya Sanchez Arias, Gerry Coe, Jenny Pieters, Tricia Dewey, Margaret Waage, Paul Toussiant, Debara Splendorio, Rita Colantonio, Karen Klinedinst, Eliza Badoiu, Susan Rennie, Andrea Bigiarini, David Scott Leibowitz, Manuela Basaldella, Patricia Januszkiewciz, Gianluca Ricoveri, Deborah McMillion, Glenn Homann, Lanie Heller, Ioannis Sidiropoulos, Isabella Matthews, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Lisa Mitchell, Maurizio Zanetti, Meri Walker, Judy Wahlberg, Karen Axelrad, Jill Lian, Joyce Harkin, Jane Schultz, Catherine Caddigan, Peter Wilkin, Tuba Korhan, Diana Nicholette Jeon, Christina Chin, Elaine Taylor, Eduardo Llerandi, Cathrine Halsor, Rob Pearson-Wright, Clarisse Debout, Fiona Christian, Patricia Leeds, Michel Pretterklieber, Robi Gallardo.
M. Cecilia Sao Thiago
In 2016, 2017 and 2018 I participated in several photography study groups and a Post-Graduation, which was very good, but on the other hand the fact that my work was being seen, criticised and commented, had an interference in my originality.
In 2019 I want to work on my own creativity, develop several themes that I have in mind, without any intrusion or guess from someone outside. Even if the opinion or criticism of others is constructive, I feel a stupid sense of “needing to please” that leads me nowhere.
Thank you for inviting me to participate in New Year’s resolutions 2019. I love being a member of the inclusive and amazingly talented mobile photography community. I have learned so much from my various mentors. I look forward to continued collaborations with both virtual and cherished friends. I anticipate ongoing experimentation of selfie‘s, as I learn to take myself less seriously. I envisage more street photography, as I evolve into a less self-conscious photographer. And, I envision teaching others how to be an image maker. Happy New Year!
‘Sister Moon’ ©Fleur Schim
Everyone has the time to speak…and the time to listen…yes… looks like I’m having the time to listen at the moment ……for new year coming I hope to have something to say more crystallised that was enriched me from those around me. And I hope it will be possible to see it through my mobile artworks I’m doing.
Want to thank you all for your support, for your inspiration given to me through your wonderful works and for beautiful relationship all over the world.
And of course huge thanks to you Joanne, our biggest supporter and heart of our community.
Best wishes for coming New Year to you all!
2018 has not been a great year for me. I became seriously sick very suddenly and the recovery took me two months. My travel plans to India had to be cancelled and it took all my energy to get well again. I lost my creative spirit somehow during that phase. But I feel it slowly coming back. So my resolution for this year is to be thankful for what I have. Everything can change so quickly. I have shortened my working hours, so that I have more time for me and for the things I like to do. And a big part of that is mobile photography and the creation of something beautiful.
I am wishing you all a very happy 2019 and thank you so much Joanne for your love and dedication to mobile art.
It’s that time of year again! It only seems like yesterday that I was pondering my new year resolutions and typically, many of my good intentions have gone unrealised. 2018 has been a difficult year for many. I found it extremely busy at work, which left little time for anything creative. With so much uncertainty in the world at the moment, it’s easy to neglect our hobbies and interests, especially art and photography where a degree of inspiration is required. I have always intended to do a 365 project so I’ll be aiming to make that a reality in the new year. One resolution that I did keep was to maintain and expand the wonderful friendships that I’ve made in the mobile art community. I was lucky enough to go to Vienna last Spring and met friends old and new and I’m hoping to continue in that vein in the coming months. Just recently I’ve managed to rekindle the artistic flames and have started working on something a little unusual, for me at least! Inspired by a desire to paint but lacking the time (and the ability!) I have been creating a series of abstracted landscapes. Having always been short sighted, I’ve often wanted to convey what I can see without glasses, in a blurry world where patches of colour form a simplified landscape. By taking seemingly random photographs, I’ve been moving the colours around and turning them into abstracted scenes from my imagination. Subjects such as an old door or a pot of paint can become fantasy landscapes with a bit of app magic! I’m really looking forward to the coming year and discovering where my blurry imaginings will take me.
My New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 is to make the time to return to my digital art. I have health challenges and life obstacles; but I want to reengage with the beauty around me, teach others to play with their own images and encourage connections with the natural world and each other.
I want to invite the Mobile photography community to return to making art together and make the time to facilitate this.
My NYR for 2019 is to complete a project i’m working on related to aging and my anxieties around it.
as i’ve watched my parent age, i’ve seen their physical and mental health deteriorate to the point where they appear to be shells of their former self. They are tired from a long life and want to pass away. I share their genetic makeup and cant help but think i will suffer their same fate, which is to live a long life with no memory and unable to care for myself.
for my project i take portraits of myself and overlay them onto images of elderly men to create a future aged me. the project provides me with a creative outlet to deal and work through my anxieties on aging.
Thank you so much Joanne, for including me.
I want to thank you for your dedication and inspiration in the world of mobile photography.
I am not in the habit of making New years resolutions, but there are definitely things that needs attention in the coming New Year. Some of these goals are to organize my thousands and thousands of images and organize them in a way that makes sense.
I also hope to meet some of you in person in 2019. Wishing you all a very creative New year!!!
I cannot believe another year has passed – where does the time go. I am hoping for 2019 that I make better use of my time, more working and less procrastination. I always struggle with my direction so I want to work on that for the coming year. This will involved redefining my why, as in “why do I make my art”. I want to create a more cohesive look and to produce a body of work that I can be proud of. I would also like to spend more time actually taking photos and really learning the apps I have purchased. Lastly I want to spend more time on post processing of my images – not just be in a hurry to move on to the next. Sounds like a great plan for the coming year, I may not accomplish everything but I do plan on having fun trying.
Sometimes a year is hard. You lose people you love, you lose the purpose for why and what you are doing. At such times, the art practice you have been following for decades can save you. Your habits do not abandon you even though the muse seems absent. So you keep making art, despite the fact that it seems like work instead of a joy. You let the art speak to you, listening as if your soul depended on it. It does.
My New Year’s resolution is to try to contribute to making the world better…
There are women… …and than there are women “Women”…and for them you don’t have to try to understand, because it’s a lost battle. You just have to take her… You need to take and kiss her…without giving the time for thinking…
I want to have my artwork moving more like a symphony. More thoughtful coordination of my time among tutorial work, apps and groups to post the art. So this will require a clean out of apps not often used to streamline and dig more deeply into my core apps.
Years ago I was much happier in my art creations because I had a clear focus, my own style, and only a few groups that shared that vision to post work into. Now I am too scattered, don’t get the proper energetic feel for the individual groups, belong to too many, and end up sending the same image to them. I don’t really enjoy that. So this will require a harder look at the groups I need to focus on.
I also have gotten very lazy. Expecting good results with less effort. Doesn’t work, as we all know. So now I need to get into the tutorials that pile up but I never find the time. That’s the only way I can get better in my execution of techniques. This should translate into less art production, but the ones I do produce will be at a higher level. In addition, I need to start eliminating the thousands of images and elements cluttering up my hard drive and on the cloud. I need a fresher start in 2019 with a cleaner slate.
The pieces of my symphony will have to be a better balance of learning from other artists, doing more tutorials, using less apps but being more productive with those I use, and forging a new style and focus for myself. That will help me choose the right groups for posting. Only then will the music I want to create with my art be more like a well executed symphony.
‘Music of the Night’ ©Diane Neubauer
PUSH. If I were to reduce my resolutions on the chronological cusp of this year to a single word, that would be it. I resolve to push…beyond self-imposed artistic constraints; push into new media and techniques; I resolve to push hard on those habits that encourage exploration, and to push past long-guarded vulnerabilities. Brené Brown said, “Vulnerability is the birthplace of creativity, innovation, and change. It’s also the birthplace of joy, faith, and connection. To create is to make something that has never existed before. There’s nothing more vulnerable than that.”
So, I push on into this new year, anticipating change, anxious for opportunity, and open to new challenges that will come.
This year I have many creative projects. As for me, I would like to better organize my site on WordPress, organize and reorganize my material by putting together images, articles, events. It will not be an easy task because I have a lot of material between images, mobile movies, articles written by me about mobile art, events in which I participated; but this work is important and necessary. I would then like to create a series of postcards with graphic images (my work is always obtained with my iPad). This would be a way to promote my art and moreover the postcards are a beautiful object to manipulate. In addition, I plan to work with my friend, an informal artist, Rosaria Straffalaci. We both want to collaborate with each other: I edit the photos I took on her murals and she paints on my photos. The field is open. Perhaps we will do an exhibit together. In the meantime, I wish a wonderful creative year to all the artists and a special thanks to Joanne who brings together this huge year-end work of the mobile community.
As many of you know I am no friends with resolutions. Well, anyway.. I just spilled a glass all over my coffee table. This sounds pathetic. I wonder what may be damaged under the surface of crap. Okay, let’s get to the point. Last year was even worse than the one before. Yes, I wasn’t photographically active for the most of the last year due to physical illness and madness. I have made plans for a second picture book release by myself. Also a couple of separate series of my photos. Which maybe someone nice will show them or publish them to make others able to see them. So, you see what resolutions mean to me: realizing plans. Thank you for your time. Pretterklieber.
I have to say 2018 was an interesting year for me (MAJE, Equinox Experience, H2) for Peace), and a reminder of what a great community of talented artists this is! I am blessed to constantly see such amazing work every day. I look forward to more in 2019! My resolution? Try to spend more quality time on my own pieces than I have been able to of late. All the best of 2019 to all!
As I look back on the year 2018 it was pretty much of a bust for me creatively. I seemed to struggle with everything project I approached…nothing seemed to thrill me. Not even still life photography that had proven to be a successful path for me in 2017. As my frustration kept growing I decided to best thing for me to do is just to stop trying. Oh I dabbled in digital imagery and even went back to such things as painting and mixed media works. Momentary things. Nothing lasting. And so it was as the year ended…
2019 presents itself with the same issues for me. Nothing seems to interest me at the moment. My list of possible projects is out there and as soon as I shake off the post holiday blues I hope to get my hands dirty again and “Do Something”. Doesn’t help that I know why my creative blocks exist…it’s breaking through these that is going to be the tough part. I know that I have to stop “trying” and taking myself so “seriously”. Find the joy and all that. More chocolate? Perhaps. Or how about running away from life to a Polynesian island? Hmmm…
I do know this. There is a lot of built up creativity in me and when my muse returns, who can be a bitch when she wants to be, look out world. Who knows…2019 might prove to be my year
Thank you, Joanne, for asking me to participate in the Mobile Photography & Art New Year Resolution.
I will start my resolution by looking back at this year of 2018. Unfortunately, I was sick a good deal of the year. So what I wanted to do I could not. But this turned out to be a silver lining of sorts.
It forced me to focus on what I really want to do in mobile photography rather than be scattered all over the place.
I’m going to take this and move forward with what I discovered and put it to work in 2019. I found that my number one priority in mobile art is macro photography. Mostly of flowers. This has proved a challenge, but I finally found a good lens for my iPhone XS Max. I also found that in editing I don’t want to use too many apps, I’ve discovered the ones that seem to work for me. But as an app addict, I may find that I’m using more than I think.
I also do abstract digital painting on the iPad and on my computer. I know I want to take my photography, especially the macro photography up a level and start moving into abstract photography.
Mostly, I want to grow as a mobile photographer. I want to share what I learn with others and continue to participate in the mobile photography community.
Andrew B White
Happy new year!
After nine years of exclusively shooting photos with an iPhone, in 2018 I stepped into another world of digital photography with the purchase of a 24MP full-frame Sony camera.
I had been using the iPhone X since its release in late 2017 and was getting great pictures from it, however I found myself becoming more interested in what I could achieve with a dedicated camera. One that offered higher resolution and some more options for the type of photography I was keen to explore than the iPhone currently does.
After a lot of research I settled on the just-released Sony A7III. It was everything that I was looking for. The things that the iPhone lacked – low light photography, advanced depth-of-field techniques, high resolution – really opened-up some creative avenues for me. I also found myself collecting vintage manual lenses to use with the camera as modern full-frame cameras can use old lenses with a simple adapter. For the first time I seriously started to learn about things like manual focusing, f/stops and ISO, all of which I didn’t have much need for with the iPhone, due to its simple point-and-shoot approach.
What I discovered while using a ‘real’ camera was that it was not a straight replacement for my iPhone photography. I was definitely getting technically ‘better’ shots but they were different to my iPhone photos in terms of a certain look and feel. The Sony has a ‘send to smartphone’ function so I could shoot on it and send the photos to my phone for editing. I tried this a few times but it just wasn’t working for me and I reverted back to desktop editing for better results. In many ways it was like trying to edit iPhone photos with a desktop app – It’s just not the same thing as editing them with an app on iOS. The two cameras required their own approach to photo editing.
I had never intended that a dedicated camera would replace my iPhone photography and that has proven to be the case. I always have my iPhone with me for a start, so there’s that, but I have also developed many specific iPhone photography techniques which are a signature part of my photography style. Now I’ve learnt to work with both systems also how I can apply the techniques from both together. On first look at my images, you may not be able to tell which camera I am using – that’s more of a technical evaluation. It’s the end result that should speak for itself and never feel awkward about displaying works from the different cameras alongside each other.
Not one to sit still with mobile technology, I recently upgraded to the iPhone XS Max (I make a point of upgrading each cycle to take advantage of the best camera tech) and have found it to have a very good camera indeed. I look forward to shooting more iPhone photography alongside my Sony, and to see how both formats keep advancing in the future. Maybe they’ll even merge together at some point!
In 2019 I hope to finally put together a small book of iPhone works which draws from an extensive collection of architectural and cloud material. And of course I’ll be out there shooting, with whatever camera I happen to have with me. I wish everyone an artistically-productive 2019!
Thank you, Joanne, for again inviting me to participate in the 2019 New Year’s Resolutions and for the work you do to maintain our creative mobile art community!
I am grateful beyond words for 2018! It was a year filled with travel as I led workshops to exotic places, met creative photographers from around the world, and learned so much about photography that my head is spinning!
2018 marked the 8-year anniversary of Rad Drew Photography, LLC, and my 4th year as a full-time photographer. I finally hit my stride with my business this past year.
My goals for 2019 are:
- Continue to learn in order to be a better teacher and resource.
- Continue to listen to my unique creative voice and have the courage to put my work out there in the world.
- While not losing site of the creative process, work to master some of the emerging technology that can be used to create imagery.
- Stay tuned-in to how mobile and traditional photography are merging and explore how that merger can support our creative process.
- Do my best to give back to the community by modeling my mentors (who have been exceedingly generous in sharing their “secrets” with me) to nurture creativity in new talent.
- And, as always, HAVE FUN!
To everyone, have a joyful, stimulating, prosperous, and fun 2019. I hope to see you on the journey!
May we be safe, happy, healthy and live with ease through 2019 and beyond.
Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a “sane” 2019!
Another year, another set of resolutions… I hope to be even more active in the photography/art world and hope to reach new milestones. My goal is to aim high and have my work reach even a wider audience. My other goal is to master my “new” manual camera and also hope to have the opportunity to print my own photos.
As for life, I’m still not debt-free! Perhaps a benefactor will come along? Hey, I can dream!
May the new year bring ALL fantastic opportunities. Above all, great health!
My best wishes and love to you and your family, Joanne. Thank you for ALL that you do.
‘Sometimes we enter Art to hide within’ ©Armineh Hovanesian
Manuela Matos Monteiro
My main resolutions for 2019 is to keep lucid, critic and engaged with the values I believe: respect for human beings, respect for nature. I feel
that unexpectedly the world regressed in many ways and I understand that we have to keep vigilant to prevent worse situations.
With my art I want to be linked with these issues and at the same time I want my work has in itself an aesthetic value. In parallel,
my work in the 3 galleries I direct – MIRA Galleries – follows the same direction.
I hope that the new year will be better than 2018!
Thank you, Joanne, for your incredible work and for the opportunity to put our ideas together.
My resolution for the next year is to continue to nurture my local Digital Art community. I feel blessed that my efforts to kindle a group of artists right here on Cape Cod have resulted in a good sized fire, a hearth to warm our hands and hearts. We have twenty or so artists, some who have been doing it for a while, and like me, were happy to find a home where we could share our apps and techniques. Some of our group our new to the media. And all of us want to continue to grow.
In our first year we have enjoyed meeting together and sharing, showing our work at local and online exhibitions and taking workshops from other members and bringing in established artists, Meri Walker and Catherine Caddigan, to inspire us all.
I am hoping that next year brings more of that, as we continue to reach out to our own communities and to join with others to spread the creative joy that is at the heart of making mobile digital art.
I would like to be more expansive and unfettered in my perceptions and in my thinking in the coming year, so that there is more within me with which to create. I hope to gain better knowledge and skill to express more fully the images, ideas and feelings that come to me, and to improve how I execute my work. I’d like to get my composites and collages print ready, so I can have them printed and framed. Most importantly, my hope is to have the good health and well-being so that all this is possible.
Thank you, Joanne, for this remarkable venue. Thank you to my fellow artists for the daily beauty you bring and affectionate support. Wishing everyone a New Year filled with openness, inspiration and love.
I am pleased and grateful to contribute my thoughts about my mobile art hopes and dreams for 2019.
In the past couple years and particularly in 2018, mobile photography expanded a wondrous world for me. After years working as an artist in paper, markers, paint, and analogue photography, the iPhone and iPad art-world enlarged the idea of who I am as artist.
My goal for my mobile photography is – No Limits – a phrase I used in the past and I am reviving. With No Limits I conceive my mobile photography art without boundaries. I give myself permission to see my art outside preconceived ideas. This permission can feel exciting and scary.
Through mobile photography I have discovered a unique vision that grows. In 2019 I wish to continue to learn, work with others and offer what I make to a larger loving audience.
In 2019, I see my contribution and offer my mobile photo art, being open to interesting and fulfilling ways to create. With my “Portrait of a Woman” series I plan to continue producing and I conceptualise more collaboration as I visualize teaching mobile self-portraiture. I am happy to be part of all things mobile.
Thank you Joanne for being part of the dream.
“Portrait of a Woman: My Blue Period” ©Susan Detroy
2019 already! Where the time goes is beyond my comprehension. And the quicker it slips away, the more I yearn to accomplish. That said, my new year’s resolution for 2019, the year of the pig, is to expand my creative repertoire and begin composing digital landscapes that reflect my love affair with the surreal and otherworldly.
My goals and wishes for my mobile photography for 2019 are very simple….. I will make more time for myself and my art, rekindle my passion and pursue more art shows so I can get my art out to the public enabling them to enjoy my love of mobile photography as much as I. I would also like to teach others interested In learning the art of mobile photography. Happy new year everyone xo
The new year that has just started can be a very inspiring one to me. I«m truly looking forward to it. It’s been already eight years since I started on mobile photography and I« know I still have a very long path to walk. I’m very motivated.
I have become Huawei Brand Ambassador, which allows me to have in my hand what I consider to be the best mobile devices nowadays regarding mobile photography.
I have also become a member of “La Calle Es NueStra” (“The Street Is Ours”) a group composed of eight photographers passionate about “street photography”. I’m the only photographer who exclusively uses a mobile device to take photographs, and I love being the only one and defending mobile devices as an equally suitable device or camera to be used on the streets. We have become a group of reference in Spain, and we are planning to do a lot of things regarding STREET photography.
My efforts will focus on growing as mobile photographer. Nothing less, nothing more.
Cecily Batey Caceu
I promise to let my art be my guide this year. I plan to continue exploring different types of art mediums and I will try to learn about forgotten and overlooked female artists. I also want to keep working at my photography skills.
I wish everyone a healthy and a happily creative year!
I prepared this collage image with so many photographies of different places belong last days’ 2018 and mostly new days’ 2019. What years had left to my eyes with so many emotions, hiding in my mind as precious pieces and will be… At least it’s not seen one by one clearly but i still remember and I am sharing as whole big picture created by mementories’ of pieces-of my heart. Each memory is stored as slight changes to thousands or millions ,good ones or hard ones.. BUT! İ hope what you see ,what you love ,what you mind!- of what, where and when ! With this new year may be so precious and meaningful in every way with new year in your minds! With love! ”
“H•earth ” ©Gizem Karayavuz
The year 2018 was a year ful of big changes and it seemed impossible to move on. But life did and I followed. This is the essence ; The pull from the future is stronger than the push of the past. This quote from Iliya Prigogine says it all.
First of all I would like to thank Joanne for inviting me to participate in this post. It’s always an honor for me, last year at this time I marvelled with the works exhibited at TheAppWhisperer and thought: “I want to learn how to do this”.
2018 has been such a gift-filled year that I feel I shouldn’t ask for anything else for next year. I just want to keep passionate, improve the technique and find new languages that allow me to show my world.
I would be very happy to promote mobile art in my environment, because it is not very well known here. I would like to share my passion for this infinite world.
And of course, I want to continue filling my eyes with such talent that I have found amongst you.
I wish that the new year will give you all the wishes expressed here.
2019 will be a transitional year for me as my personal life proceeds. This is about moving onward in a positive manner. As I have been creating these images for many years now, they need to come off of the screen. And, they need to find a venue. I do not need to take this seriously. However, I intend to entertain myself and have much fun doing this. May you all have some fun this year too !
I would like that at any moment of any day during 2019, someone suddenly realised that it is useless to build walls, barriers and cages to confine humanity. Peace, beauty, piety, tolerance, solidarity, love, art, photography and mobile photography cannot be closed in the attic in the name of imaginary national security or repressed by local financial interests.
Here, I would like all of us to try to show that what is happening in the world has little to do with nature and with man himself. I don’t think there has been much time left to reverse this trend. This is why I hope that the year just begun will bring in the womb a tiny seed of transparent indulgence.
Sonya Sanchez Arias
This year, more than ever, I want to practice the art of pure observation that is not impaired by my judgment, preconceived notions, fear, anxieties, expectations or labels. I want to reconnect and realign my creative mind with my eyes. I want to look at things, purely and simply, unencumbered by perceptions and conclusions, so there are no limits to the new and beautiful worlds and possibilities of my vision.
I don’t really do NYR of any sort, I just keep on taking a wee drink or two and I still eat much the same and as regards photography I again don’t make any promises to myself to change but what I do is what I’ve always done and that is evolve.
I am a great believer in not going looking for a new direction or a new style as I feel it will find you, I am off to Mexico soon for two weeks and I am possibly looking at a portfolio of portrait images. I have pulled back from over manipulated images although I still enjoy doing some painterly type ones. I will continue to give talks and lectures to many different organisations and try to show those with “BIG” cameras what can be achieved using a “telephone”. On the 14th February I start teaching at my second ten week Mobile Photography course in one of our local educational colleges.
I draw great inspiration from all the very talented photographers and artists who share their wisdom with all of us and to you Joanne for your passion and skills in bringing it all together.
A new year’s resolution is not a concept I have really ever entertained in my life, since I aim to live each day as it comes, and generally try to make the best of it. I adopted this strategy about 20 years ago, when I came to the realisation that my expectations are seldom met, and that I don’t handle disappointments well. This year will be one with lots of changes in store, since I will retire in May, and my husband and I are taking a long trip in America and Australia. This is our last long tour and I am sure, going to be a photographic wonderland to sample from for a long time. Mental as well as logistical preparation is therefore essential, both for the trip and thereafter, and then adjusting to a less frenetic daily life. I will have more time to focus on my art and photography, so it is both daunting and exciting at the same time. I hope to be like the leopard in my image, poised and pensive, looking towards the future.
I am excited for 2019! I was stagnant for most of 2018 with back pain and a subsequent spinal fusion surgery, which I am still recovering from. This year I have 2 goals: One is to learn new things in both digital and mixed media art. I have signed up for several classes and will devote some of my time to learning. The second is to work harder on my digital images. I want my images to move in a more abstract direction, possibly with a more painterly feel. I am making more time for my art in 2019, and I can’t wait to see what this year will bring!
I’d like to be able to create a collection of images created from mobile device and apps based on a theme for 2019. Using a mobile device camera allows for more spontaneity of the moment and being able to capture something that would otherwise be gone by the time I got my DSLR out in time. Image making is so much about seeing fleeting moments. Using mobile technologies allows me to freedom to capture things quickly and the range of image editing apps allows for more creativity all within convenient reach.
This year, as you can see in some of my work, I am doing abstracts. How that relates to my New Years resolution is that this year, is the year of forgiveness. But I will never forget the pain and heartache specific people have caused me.
But through my art I will forgive them and move on in my self well being and to become a better person.
The closing and lost of my art gallery which we had artist from all over the world, was my creation and the love of my life. To have a business partner f**k me over the way she did. I forgive her.
So much resolution for this year is forgiving the people that has done me wrong. I believe in karma and that one day it will come back to them.
My main goal for 2019 is to make time every day to work on my art. I’ve started Project 365 to get me started. Also, to push myself out of my comfort zone by experimenting with a new app and sign up for a class, which I have. Lastly, compliment my work as much as I criticise it.
Thank you once again Joanne for inviting me to share my thoughts for my art in the New Year. I am so excited for 2019 for many reasons. I have invested much of my time in the past year to develop my app skills so that I can create closer to my vision. My art is shifting away from photography in a very natural way, and moving toward my original creative renderings on the iPad. I have improved my digital painting skills and I’m excited to enhance my images with creative brushstrokes. My art is truly becoming “my own”. And this is so much closer to my beginnings as a painter. What a wonderful morphing for me, photography, painting, iPad, digital! I want to experiment with more original sketching, painting and collaging.
2019 is also promising to be a banner year for the Cape Cod Art Center, as we expand our teaching programs, exhibitions and online competitions in Digital Art. I am so honoured to be a part of this wave of art consciousness that is building around us. I have been teaching locally, exhibiting my work on Cape Cod and in the Boston area, been part of a local TV interview, and have several more awards to my credit. The momentum is in place, fuelled by my passion and love of this art form. It promises to be a great year in 2019!
‘The Keepsake’ ©Rita Colantonio
Thank you Joanne, for inviting me to share my goals for this year.
My artistic goal for 2019 is to continue working on a project that I started last year and to see where it takes me. My project, Tidal Dreams, explores the magical world of the Black Marsh Natural Area outside my hometown of Baltimore on property once owned by the Bethlehem Steel Company. Black Marsh is one of the finest examples of a tidal marsh on the upper Chesapeake Bay, despite being surrounded by an industrial, urban environment. It’s a reminder of what this landscape that’s home to many species of birds, fish, and native plants was like prior to development, and what could be lost.
Mobile photography has allowed me to make art as part of my daily practice. It’s integrated as part of my very being—I can capture images and edit them in the moment. Anywhere, anytime.
‘Winter Marsh’ ©Karen Klinedinst
While 2018 was kind and generous enough for my photographic experiences and has led me to different completions and exhibitions around the world , the picture of my inner mood wasn’t that rosier, indeed as I was struggle to fix some of the unsolved matters of my past.
That’s why for 2019 I have no dead lines , nor any external obligations , but I want to enjoy everything as it comes to me along the way . No plans , or big resolutions but to focus more upon myself and allow myself to be more joyful than in 2018! I feel I am here now and I can finally understand and grasp the so zenistic verb of ‘to embrace’ and this brings me tranquility , which all I need .
Thank you , Joanne for all of the efforts you put into pulling together this day by day ! You are an outstanding example of involvement and dedication ! Big applause 👏
Hugs and may all the best come for 2019 in our community and private lives.
Rather than force creativity into my images, I have resolved to relax into allowing my intuitive eye to drive my mobile photography — to indulge my love of the “street” as well as the awesome beauty of the natural world that is my “backyard.” To be content with artful photography rather than being fretful about making photographic art. My practical goal is to have an exhibition of my iPhoto series “Art History with Susan Rennie,” to which end I am in contact with galleries.
David Scott Leibowitz
2018 was a year for the books, a real Ying Yang, filled with dramatic changes, upheaval and reversal of fortunes. I learned the hard way how little I really know about people and character and resolve to rein in my impulsivity whenever possible.
I resolve to enjoy my retirement, creativity and freedom and be grateful for my blessings. I will, as my photo submission will attest, continue to use my iPhone to seek out the beauty in the world around me, even when the world presents itself as an inhospitable place.
I resolve to take up the challenge of 2019, open now to infinite possibilities and hope the world finds a way to heal from our current trials and tribulations.
I wish all the members of our Mobile Art community a happy and healthy 2019 filled with peace,
love and beautiful art.
©2018 “Hope” David Scott Leibowitz
We are constantly aware of our senses. In this new year, I want to contribute to get the sense of sight a bit in the focus. I can take pictures of what I see. What do I see? Do I see something? What do you see? Different and yet the same world. My photographs and illusions are a testimony to my creativity. They should continue to stimulate serve to activate the viewer’s positive, creative energy and make our wonderful world felt. Mobile Art gives unlimited possibilities.
My 2019 New Year’s Resolutions are pretty much the same as always: Simplify my life and my artwork since I tend to overdo everything. I want to have my mind where my body is and cherish each moment; not to dwell on the past or in the future. I’m getting better each year but still lots to work on. Thank you Joanne Carter for all that you do! Wishing all my friends in this Art Community all that is good today and always!
Thank you Joanne for inviting me to contribute to this article, About my New Year resolution I would like simply concentrate in few things:
Continue to take less pictures but more reasoned.
Resume shooting in analogue as I’m a bit neglecting this technique.
Expanding the range of my subjects, in particular I would like to shoot night photos or with very little light.
Try to print photos and intervene with crayons, pencils etc. to create monotypes
Happy new year and wishing everyone enjoyed life and healthy 2019
Happy new year dear Joanne.
Edward Gorey, in his 80’s, said at his age he was more disturbed about getting yet another really good idea than running out. My father-in-law, a Professor of Mathematics, was finishing essentially his “Proof”, when he was waylaid with another idea. This one was better than the other, but both take time, and at age 97 which do you choose to work on?I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by muses all yelling Me! Me! for most of my life. As I get older I begin to understand their plight with time. I hope it won’t blow out like a candle when I’m gone. But there’s no guarantee. I find even painting friends into your work seems less a compliment and more a constraint. This year Time, in all its permutations, will affect my work.
- How much time it takes
- How time travels
- Time, see what has become…
- Don’t waste time
- Seriously don’t kill time
- Time after time
‘The Time is Now’ ©Deborah McMillion
The new year is a wonderful time for my creativity, as I always have a few weeks away from work. It allows me time to visit all the locations that I may have missed in the hustle and bustle of daily life throughout the year. Funny thing is, it’s always the journey that produces the most exciting and interesting images. In the end I may not even get to my original destination.
This serves to remind me why I love photography, and the little bit of magic it can bring to our lives. My resolution is always to savour the little piece of technology that the little boy in me once dreamed of. The one we can now carry around in our pockets. Making our dreams come true.
So….2018 has been a roller coaster year for many people including myself. I’d say between the political climate, the strange weather, recovering from a brain injury & returning back to work full time didn’t allow me much time to create & that made me pretty sad. I’m so happy to still be a part of an artistic community who support each other through the ups & downs. For 2019 my goal will continue to be to create more, laugh often, not take things so seriously. Hopefully 2019 will be an amazing year of transformation year for us all! Lanie Heller aka Momma2maxh everywhere.
“First of all i’d love to thank Joanne for her invitation to contribute to her resolution of 2019 “project” .. its always a great honor to me ! My name is Ioannis Sidiropoulos , im a Greek born amateur photographer and artist,..My expectations for the new year are simple … creativity, inspiration, and the ability of taking advantage of new photography applications that make a photo a piece of art .. at least this is what ive been told from people all over the world that ive started after many years of non stop work to have their respect and attention. .Mobile photography is a mind revolution something that all people must have felt already , keeping their mobile phone more than 18 hours to their hands … lets take advantage of that . ive started from nothing as a knowledge and now im to a level that i can win the grand winning place to international photography competitions .. and all these with just a passion for what i do .. so be passionate creative and the result of your work will surprise you and will make you try more and more!!!
‘Turbulence’ ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos
Thanks Joanne – love to you as 2018 has ended and 2019 has started my new resolution for 2019 is more landscape photography for this year a lot more portraits and car photography also.
Sukru Mehmet Omur
Thank you Joanne for the opportunity to contribute to TheAppWhisperer new year resolutions page.
I want to wish first “All the best for the new year” for theappwhisperer community and for humanity Love, health and peace of mind to all.
2018 was a good year. I had two exhibitions and my book on iPhotography has been published.
What else can a mobile artist ask?
For the new year, I wish to have the energy to create more art works, share them, make some mix media pieces and finish my book on “Mobile Artistry” in Turkish. I will master iColorama, drawing and collage techniques. I will find a creative project to accomplish.
On April I will be a part of a huge exhibition with my GIFs on “Mobile Artistry” which will be held in Montluçons/France for one month and half. Then on summer my photography exhibition on “Cappadocia” will be held in the Gallery of UPP (Union of Professional Photographers).
I will work more on Hipstamatic and try to find new apps and develop my works further. I will help my mobile artist friends and the mobile communities.
Thank you Joanne for inviting me to participate again in the New Years Resolutions.
As I sit here writing this at this present time, I am experiencing a creative block, and my mojo has all but disappeared! I am hoping that the New Year will recharge me and that I will once again find my passion for Photography, as this too has left me.
Don’t get me wrong, 2018 has been a good year for me exhibition wise. I have been lucky enough to exhibit all over the world including Photo London. I have had a very successful Solo exhibition showcasing over 70 new works and I continue to have my work selected for Vogue Italia.
I have met some amazing people and joined some fabulous new groups.
Emotionally though, I have felt that I have lost myself and I have felt empty.
The past few years challenges and the reality of leaving a very stressful day job combined with ensuing menopause and children leaving home has left me questioning who I am and where it is I am going.
I am now at a crossroads with my life and my art.
I feel that I still have great work inside of me, but I cannot yet reach it. I also must decide if I can make a full time career from Photography or whether it must remain a secondary occupation.
My hopes for 2019 are to answer the questions above, to find peace with myself, and to reconnect more again with others ( I’ve been a bit of a hermit lately!)
Artistically I hope to continue exhibiting in one medium or another, and my dream would be to show a piece in the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. I have got through to the second round before, but never the final stage.
For the rest of you, I wish you all a Happy New Year, and I thank you for sticking with me!
At the end of last year my first purpose for this 2018 now at the end was to go back to using more Hipstamatic. I confess I did not keep it. Because shooting after shooting (and there are many that in a year I do with the always trusted Iphone 7) I returned to love the photos as they come, without tricks and post productions, except for the possibility (which I use more and more) of turn them into B & W. Because the world around me is always in color but the photo in B & W in this world gives a little mystery and a lot of soul. With some of these photos during 2018 I participated in competitions, a couple ended up in exhibitions and related catalogs. A bit ‘of celebrity that does not hurt, but it is certainly not for a “good!” more than taking pictures.
Proposals for 2019? Continue like this, shoot on the street or wherever it happens, from dance schools and related shows to macro flowers. And then share on FLICKR, FB, Instagram.
Best wishes for an extraordinary 2019 to everyone. Health, love, serenity.
Maurizio Zanetti @mauzzan
This new year marks a full decade since I picked up an iPhone and began taking it seriously as a camera, an image editing studio, and a self-publishing/exhibition tool. Doing so has unleashed massive passion, creativity and new intelligence into every aspect of my life. And there’s no end in sight. In 2019, it’s my intention to write more about my experience with mobile imaging and to share more widely what I’ve learned – and continue learning – about how to use my mobile devices to help me see more fully what’s really going on in my life.
‘The End of a Day of Rain’ ©Meri Walker
As I look back at the past year, I am flooded with gratitude. For me, 2018 was an amazing, phenomenal year. I sense that in this past year I have been embraced by a true and sustained experience of my essence – of my being – for the meaning for my existence. The purpose that has embraced me is my art. As a teacher and psychotherapist, I have always dedicated myself to helping others in all ways possible. As a consequence, my passion for art was relegated to deeper levels in my mind. However, in 2018 my art emerged as the driving force in my life! In 2018 I became consumed by a rich and wonderful and passionate single-mindedness for my art! I have experienced surges of my love of art at different times in my life, but nothing compares to 2018. It is almost as though I feel I have only one purpose. My art comes straight from my core. I have almost no sense of judgment. It just emerges! I pray and hope and wish that my single-mindedness to embrace and welcome my creative passion inspires those around me to continue to fight for themselves and encourages them to dare to become the best they can become.
I have learned that nothing of worth can emerge without a purpose, without passion, without compassion. All one needs is an aim to respond to the inner urges that ask to be expressed in art. I want to continue to inspire, to help others find their aims, to create more beauty in the world. I am a newbie to social media. I am learning how small offerings can create large changes. Thank you, Joanne, for this opportunity to comment on my art. I send many heart-felt blessings and prayers for all. I call this photo, #The Offering”.
Having almost finished my 365 day project using the shuffle function of hipstamatic with no post-processing, I want to be able to experiment more with no constraints and no pressure to post every day. I plan to do more black and white street photos, but also post-processed color photos and some collages. Play with new techniques and explore the apps I have. Set simple goals for 2019 and i might be able to achieve them.
My photo “Blue” represents what I’d like for the new year: simplicity with a slight twist, leading lines to new adventures (photo taken at the Mucem in Marseille), art, curiosity, travel.
And not to bring politics into this discussion, fairness and compassion for fellow humans, decency, polite and truthful discourse, awareness of the planet we all share.
Many thanks to Joanne Carter for her myriad contributions to the art of iPhoneography and the wonderful artists who make up this vibrant community.
For 2019, my resolution will be to continue the search for the underlying beauty in nature. I find so much peace in doing so. I plan on keeping my mobile photography as my escape and creative outlet.
I wish you all good health and happiness in the coming year. Thank you Joanne, for being our rock! xxx
2018 has been a pretty tough year for a lot of people. Natural, political and personal disasters have taken their toll and left us with a feeling of despondency and hopelessness. Art in all its forms helps the world to heal. Creating, viewing art, and listening to music all help restore our spirits and make the world a better place. This is very obvious is the world of mobile art which brings so many different skillsets together and allows us to respond to and interact with such a wide range of artists from all over the world. It’s a place where, age, sex, colour and creed don’t have any relevance and fills me with hope for the future.
In mobile art and in life generally, I seem to have spent a lot of 2018 learning new skills and consolidating and expanding the ones I already have. My intentions for 2019 are to be more open and play with new ideas, experiment, be bolder and less afraid. Less controlled, following my heart and allowing it to sing its own song – whatever that may be!
Thank you Joanne for pushing me to examine where I am and where I need to be for this next year. As I look back over 2018, life has gotten busier and filled with the demands. I have found myself having less and less time to chat with friends, to create, and less motivation to dig deeper when creating. I’m not sure where the time has gone..but that is my resolution..to organize and reclaim time..and to prioritise that time for my creative process. More so, I resolve to find (a la @gersheim or, better yet, a la myself) a new and significant creative push, and to truly edit from the soul. For those of you who are members of the original #igband, I resolve to bring life to music and music to life. Happy 2019 to you all, to new and better things!
I want to thank you Joanne for this opportunity to express my hopes for 2019 and for all that you do for the mobile art community. In 2018 I met wonderful artists working in mobile photography, and had opportunities to share my art and my process in virtual ways and in the physical world. I hope to find ways to continue in the coming year.
Some other goals are to develop a web page for myself, and to try to include myself in theappwhisperer directory of mobile artists. I am finally at a point where I feel I have developed as an artist enough to do this.
At times 2018 was overwhelming and I would like to simplify, and organize, both in art and in life. At times I have faced some ups and downs and road blocks. So, finally, I would like to try to take life a little less seriously. Cheers.
Looking back over 2018 it’s been extremely satisfying to see so many women at the forefront of mobile art producing incredible images &, indeed, driving this relatively new art form forward. There is a strong sense of giving that radiates from within their art: a collective release too long stifled by a masculine economy of power & control. Feminine art has no such agenda ~ only a need to rise up, like wave surge, to spread out & give without the need to inscribe or take something back in return. In the New Year to come, I want to try & create art from within this feminine economy, allowing images to emerge rather than consciously building them. In essence, I want to produce pieces of art without me in mind.
Last few years I had many distractions which prevent me to accomplish my goals. I learned to be more realistic and positive while setting my new year resolutions.
This year besides being more creative and productive I am planning to have a personal website. Many friends asking for workshops and I am planning to share my experience with others.
Looking forward to another year to be impressed by the brilliant work of our community members. By sharing your images and thoughts you gave me the inspiration to try new apps, styles and genres and helped me to find my own artistic language. So I like to thank Joanne Carter and each member of our artistic community for the encouragement and inspiration.
Happy New Year!
‘Free your mind’ ©Tuba Korhan
Diana Nicholette Jeon
First, I want to thank Joanne for again giving me this opportunity to reflect on where I have been and where I am going, and for everything she does for us all through the year, every year.
As 2018 draws to a close, I am happy it is over. Though professionally I had an amazing year with a solo museum show, two solo gallery shows, and winning the 11th JMC award, personally this has been a challenging year that I never wish to repeat. I haven’t made much art at all until the past couple of months.
Last year, I said this: “…my goals are to do the exact same thing this year – to focus strictly on work that is meaningful to me, to push myself to grow, to push my work further into the world.” I succeeded.
Given all this, my goals are to do the exact same thing this year – to focus strictly on work that is meaningful to me, to push myself to grow, to push my work further into the world. I also just want to find my happy again.
I wish everyone good tidings for their own most creative year ever, no matter where the path leads them. Happy New Year and only the best to everyone in 2018.
Once again I would like to thank Joanne for the opportunity to participate in all her wonderful past and present events.
2018 was a very busy, bright and interesting year for me. Briefly put, I wish to have more time for creating mobile art in 2019.
Friends, may you continue to excel in your fascinating mobile art.
A couple of years ago I realised I was losing my mobile photography mojo. I decided to try to find it again by finally starting my first 365 Project on 1 January 2017, which I continued to do throughout 2018. I created a separate Instagram account for the project and have thoroughly enjoyed the process of capturing and sharing a snapshot of my daily life ever since. I have used my first and favourite app exclusively to take and edit the photos – Hipstamatic. Doing the 365 project, and especially using Hipstamatic, reminded me why I fell in love with mobile photography in the first place. So, my first resolution is simply to carry on with it into my third year in 2019. One of the most rewarding things about doing the 365 Project has been hearing from people who I have inspired to do their own.
I had intended to get books printed at the end of each year, but it’s two years on and I’ve done nothing about that. It’s not a surprise as I rarely print any of my photos. So, in 2019, I will get books printed of my 2017 and 2018 projects (to give to my children) and I will start finding other ways to print my work.
Another thing I hope to do this year is to look at my workflow and the management/storage/sharing of my images. It’s all currently a bit haphazard and messy, and has been for years. Not sure how successful I’ll be, but it’s certainly on my ‘to do’ list (still!).
Thanks to TheAppWhisperer team and special to Joanne to allow me to be part of this stunning group and to share my 2019 resolution. Like every year I want to continue having fun with my iphoneography like I am doing today, learning and finding inspirations along the way from my fellow artists.
My word for 2019 is Reconnection; to myself, to creativity and my art. To the things that makes my heart beat faster and my eyes glow when I do it or talk about it!
I want to follow the ideas that makes me wake up in the morning without an alarm. The inspiration that causes me to scribble ideas on napkins and scrap papers and that makes me lose all sense of time.
I want that!
Wishing you a Creative and Joyous New Year!
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