Women in Mobile Photography & Art – International Women’s Day

Women in Mobile Photography & Art – International Women’s Day

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We are so proud to collaborate with some of the world’s finest female mobile photographers and artists. Every single day they are fabulous but we wanted to ensure they all receive special recognition today.  We’ve listed just a tiny few of the thousands that we represent and those that choose to support us too (I am so sorry that I can’t list everyone!). To every single woman who is part of TheAppWhisperer (TAW) Community – know that TAW is also an abbreviation for The Amazing Women! Thank you for all that you do.

Cara Gallardo Weil, Gina Costa, Bobbi McMurry, Jaime Glasser, Ile Mont, Meri Walker, Lee Atwell, Ilana Buch-Akoundi, Maria Cecilia de São Thiago, Christine O Sobczak, Barbara Nebel, Jill Lian, Jane Schultz, Susan Rennie, Lorenka Campos, Armineh Hovanesian and Helen Breznik.

(If you’re reading this and want to be more involved and perhaps edit a section/column of our website, please get in touch, we’re always looking for experienced and committed mobile photographers and artists to join the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website – send me a message – joanne@theappwhisperer.com)

Cara Gallardo-Weil – Hong Kong, China

Co-editor of our StreetsAhead Column – a collective dedicated to women only mobile street photographers. Carais a Graphic Designer and amateur photographer with a passion for mobile photography. Born in Hong Kong to Filipino parents who moved there in the early 60s to work in publishing, her early life was spent in Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines. She studied graphic design in London and spent more than 20 years here before returning to Hong Kong, where she currently resides. Cara brings to her street photography a wonderful international and cultural perspective.

StreetsAhead Column

Gina Costa – Chicago – USA

Co-editor with Cara above to our StreetsAhead Column (as well as our Mobile Photo Essays Column with Meri Walker – see below), Gina is a museum curator and lecturer on 20th century art and photography. She has worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; The Art Institute of Chicago and has taught art history at a variety of universities. Gina is currently working on a publication and exhibition that explores the current discourse on the use of mobile technology and how it has changed the way one defines what a photograph can be.

StreetsAhead Column

Bobbi McMurry – Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Editor to our APPart Mobile Art column, Bobbi received her BFA from Arizona State University where she focused on painting, drawing, and printmaking. After graduating, she spent many years as an Art Director for custom and newsstand magazines. She has recently rekindled her passion for creating personal images and has gravitated to the world of mobile art. Her work has been accepted into numerous juried exhibitions, and has been recognised in mobile art competitions including The Third Wave and the Mobile Photo Awards. Additionally, her work is part of the current iPhonic Art Exhibit at Markham Vineyards in California. She has been featured on mobile photography blogs, and recently became a columnist for The App Whisperer. Bobbi lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona.

AppArt Column

Armineh Hovanesian – Glendale, California, USA

Our newest Editor and to our brand new and hugely popular column ‘Beet around the Bush’ a mobile photography and art food section. Hovanesian, has been a long term supporter of all that we do here at TheAppWhisperer and we have represented her in person around the world, including Seoul, South Korea, at the Photography Show and so much more. Hovaneisan is a huge asset to us, we are so pleased she has joined us.

Jaime Glasser – Mesa, Arizona, USA

Editor of our Artistic Anarchy: Mobile Art Collusion column; Jaime has recently returned to the art world after a career as a Veterinarian and a Research Scientist. She attended the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, Texas. She was a watercolour artist before devoting her career to animals and writing on Animal Hospice. Glasser has joined TheAppWhisperer to host a collaboratory mobile photography group and associated Column called Artistic Anarchy: Mobile Collusions.

Artistic Anarchy Column

Ile Mont – Mexico City, Mexico

Editor of our Portrait of an Artist Column –Ileana is a professional in graphic communications and advertising. She studied in San Diego, CA. in the United States and later on she returned to Mexico City where she worked as a copywriter, graphic designer and creative director for several advertising agencies, until she realised she had a more artistic calling and a very strong feeling for painting and photography. She learned about painting techniques with Mexican artist Irma Griza and engaged in developing and combining her photography and computer graphics skills through her visual expression. She is now an independent visual artist and photographer and has been featured in some important blogs about mobile art and photography. Ileana enjoys looking for the beauty out of ordinary things and the special things of our everyday lives.

Portrait of an Artist Column

Meri Walker – Oregon, USA

Co-editor (with Gina Costa above) of our Mobile Photo Essays Column; Meri (iPhoneArtGirl)has taught art photography and photojournalism for over four decades. She has received over 50 awards and grants in the US and Europe and her work is included in numerous private and public collections. For the last five years, Walker has worked solely with mobile technologies and with programs which allows to adapt traditional photography to the new tools of mobile devices. Walker has two websites and she is a member of New Era Museum She also served as a juror for theFlorence International Photography Awards.in 2015, and she was the sole juror of the Cell Phone IV Show for the Texas Photographic Society; most recently she was a member of the MIRA Mobile Prize 2016 Jury.

Mobile Photo Essays Column

Lee Atwell – Seattle – USA

Co-editor withIlana Buch-Akoundi of our StreetWise mobile street photography column – Lee has been passionate about the art, science and magic of photography since the time she was a child – at which time her father had converted a small bathroom into a darkroom. For the past few years, she been captivated by the versatility, convenience, and creative potential of mobile photography. In street photography, she enjoys the challenge of capturing the unexpected and also the necessity of being present moment to moment with the surrounding environment – whether it is the continual shifting of light and shadows or the instantaneous and fleeting expressions and postures of people on the street. She has received several international photography awards and has had photographs featured in publication, mobile photography websites and web-magazines. She has also had photos exhibited in several cities – in the USA, Canada, Italy, France, Hungary, Belgium and Portugal. Atwell also teaches yoga and owns a yoga studio in Seattle with her husband.

StreetWise Column

Ilana Buch-Akoundi – New York City, USA

Co-editorwith Lee Atwell (see above) of our StreetWise mobile street photography column – Ilana is an Interior Designer with a background in fine arts, and a passion for mobile photography. Influenced by classical art and literature, she views mobile photography as not simply capturing moments as they happen, but as a marriage of dreams and visions from inner life and reality. Street photography, as a composite emerging from the speed of life, and what’s resonating within. Born in New York City where she still resides with her husband and two children, Buch-Akoundi recently founded hipstaNYC dedicated to Hipstamatic images of New York City, where people from all over the world can showcase their photographs of NYC. She has had photographs featured in mobile photography websites and web-magazines as well as international shows.Â

StreetWise Column

Maria Cecilia de São Thiago

Award Winning artist Maria Cecilia de São Thiago, is a photographer whom resides in Brazil, South America.

São Thiago’s photographs are exquisite and allegorical in nature. Their vitality is instrumental in pulling the viewer into a very intimate world chronicling the self and beyond.  Mysticism and spirituality have long informed São Thiago’s practice and she is refreshingly transparent about her work.  She once told me, “my photos carry in each of them everything that I have learned, what I have lived, and what I have suffered”. 

We have all brushed up against the sublime feeling of wonder, with sudden realisation that we do not know. Viewing Sao Thiago’s images enable us to recreate that emotion, allowing ourselves a bit of wonder, with the potential to forget what we think we know and to revel in the immediacy of the magic of her work, holding us close, as we unravel.

Influenced by two great Viennese modernists, Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, it’s fascinating to view the concision and extremely intelligent images that São Thiago creates. Each as luxurious, immediate and above all, tender to the next. 

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‘klimtt102’ ©Maria Cecilia de São Thiago, 2019

Christine O Sobczak

Award Winning American artist Christine O Sobczak, is a photographer that resides between Wisconsin, Chicago and Vero Beach, Florida. Sobczak received her BFA in photography in 1994 and thus began her career as a Fine Art Photographer.

Several elements distinguish Sobczak’s photographs, the use of natural light and the use of purity of forms, all close to pictoric. Sobczak’s work primarily focuses on the portrait, an artistic genre that she depicts by emphasising ‘the art of divination’ a nod to her inspiration the author Raymond A Moody.  Standing in front of her images, the viewer is encouraged not only to view but to think, deeply. Immutability ensues, loosing the notion of time and inviting constant reflection. Lured into the flow imbuing a sensorial experience, offering a glimpse of peace and spirituality, her images make us relive our own memories while, simultaneously wanting to be part of her own.

Our collection presents three photographs, considered together, they install a mediative sense of harmony and upon closer inspection, nuances in lighting, composition and overall tone reveal themselves – fixing the viewing experience to one of verve, vitality and soul.

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‘Celestial Spheres’ ©Christine O Sobczak, 2018

Barbara Nebel

Award wining Mobile Photography, Barbara Nebel from the United States exchanged her DSLR for an iPhone several years ago and her images have chronicled the life and times of her art since then. Nebel captures the most enthralling botanical images mostly in rich explosions of colours, existing somewhere as a dance of colour and interplay of light and shadow. Her floral art subjects often appear to exist in a world of their own, shot from above, their aloneness accentuated by the absence of the usual tropes of flower photography, backdrops, table settings, busy scenes. Artistically and technically brilliant, deploying superb use and understanding of her mobile equipment, post processes, colour and exposure, Nebel’s art is a blessing to any location it is portrayed.

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‘Graceful Bow’ ©Barbara Nebel, 2018

Jill Lian

Award winning mobile macro photographer Jill Lian is based in New York, United States. It is clear that Lian is interested in both art and science, as her macro images project the perfect combination of these interests. Her images are aesthetically pleasing whilst unmistakably scientifically captivating. Her work brings light to a whole new world that is so often overlooked, she is fascinated with this micro world full of colours, textures and relief. Not only does Lian find good subjects to photograph, she composes the images so undeniably well that the viewer is eternally gripped.

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‘Soft Landing’ ©Jill Lian, 2018

Jane Schultz

Multi Award Winning Photographer Jane Schultz, from Pennsylvania, United States is an experienced mobile photographer and artist best known for her black and white self portraiture. Schultz is the star of her own images and her images are enigmatic. In many, Schultz appears to lay herself bare, physically and metaphorically, her images cryptic but candid. She creates mystery surrounding her ideas and all of her images have this ethereal wonder about them with ambiguity drawing the viewer in. 

Schultz’s images have been exhibited in museums, art centers, and galleries on an international basis, including in Florence, Rome, and Paris, and featured in numerous publications for photography and mobile artistry.

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‘Robotic (pinned)’ ©Jane Schultz, 2018

Susan Rennie

Mobile Street photographer, Susan Rennie first became interested in photography in the late 1960’s whilst a doctoral student at Columbia University. Spending many an afternoon roaming the galleries of MOMA, photographing viewers looking at the artwork (there were no restrictions on photographing artwork at that time). As she developed these images in her makeshift darkroom, she realised an epiphany. Her images told stories. As a natural story teller from childhood, she had now, by altering the medium, defined the frame to let the story unfold. 

Heavily influenced by a wide range of photographers including Lyon, Frank, Arbus, Kertesz and Friedlander. However, it was after taking an eight week master class with Lisette Model, that Rennie was utterly seduced. The Street Photography seed had been planted.

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‘Big Brother’ ©Susan Rennie, 2018

Lorenka Campos

Lorenka Campos has progressively established herself as a fine art mobile photographer, winning awards and taking part in a number of exhibitions throughout the world. Her work is immensely captivating, her images show their inner selves and of the paradox they portray – the paradox of the unstoppable exposure of frailty against raw and enduring strength.

Campos is known for her highly emotive portraiture work. Her style is born of imagination with a storyteller’s heart. While attending Florida School of the Arts, Campos fell in love with the magic of the darkroom and the unlimited possibilities of graphic design. It was this combination that eventually brought her to mobile photography and art. 

Today, she is an Award Winning recognized leader in the Mobile Art and Photography community. Her work has been recognized in international competitions, featured in numerous publications and exhibited worldwide. Campos lives and works in Texas, USA.

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‘One Size Fits All’ ©Lorenka Campos, 2019

Helen Breznik

Breznik’s photography leans towards the melancholy—but in Breznik’s hands, this emotion could be defined as ‘sorrow with a purpose.’ She utilizes her sensitivity to conjure up a romantic beauty in her images: images which are self-portraits but have a universal appeal within.

Breznik has always felt comfortable in front of the camera. When she is modeling for her portraits, she does so with music playing, garbed in fabulous vintage clothes. At their best, these sessions transport her to another world, one where her alter-egos can fully emerge. The characters are varied: a Queen will emerge, serene, royal, strong but with vulnerability. Or a figure drawn from the Pre-Raphaelites period, containing tragedy mixed with great passion and beauty.

Although the outward changes seem dramatic, she actually strives to keep make-up to a minimum. Her most dramatic way to change appearance is by sculpting natural light. With care, she is able to create deep shadows, strong lines, vivid contrasts, all of which create natural depth and definition.

Breznik first took up photography 10 years ago after picking up a bunch of old Polaroid cameras. She loved working with Time Zero film, which gave her ample opportunity to manipulate the images. When she heard about new smartphone apps which simulated Polaroid photography, she felt compelled to try them out. From 2010, Breznik began using the iPhone exclusively and her dedication to the boundless possibilities of mobile photography was settled.

Having used a variety of different tools over the course of her photographic career, Breznik concludes, “In the end it doesn’t matter what you shoot with…it’s the final image that matters.”

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‘Rene’ ©Helen Breznik, 2018

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