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Mobile Photography and Art Interview – Hope In Adversity Interview with Gerry Coe from Northern Ireland

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I am currently self-isolating/shielding for twelve weeks as my Dr has said I am in the high risk category. In my home, we have all had to make adaptions to adjust to this pandemic, although, at least, currently, we are all well. I’ve been recalling many of the good words our dear friend and talented artist Carolyn Hall Young shared with us, not least ‘in any given situation we can always choose, hope over fear‘ – let’s all choose hope. 

I am aware there are many others also in a similar situation at the moment and I felt it would be a good idea to create an interview, reflecting these times with stunning imagery. This is a new series of interview with mobile photographers and artists discovering what they’re creating and how in these difficult times. Our fourth interview is with talented award winning mobile photographer, Gerry Coe.

Coe has been rewarded for his skills to mobile photography and has twice received the Peter Grugeon Fellowship of the Year Award at the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) awards. This is one of the most highly recognised of its kind.

We’re huge fans of Coe’s work here at TheAppWhisperer and it’s clear to see because whilst carrying out some research before publishing this interview,  I discovered that he graces thirteen pages of our site, to date…Enjoy!

To read others in this series, please go here.

 

If you are social distancing or social isolating at this time, are you using any additional time you may have to create mobile digital art or photography?

I have a few ideas that I will be working on. Photos and watercolour. But here is one from last weeks’ trip (Thursday) to Groomsport village a couple of miles down the coast from where I live. 

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If so, have you noticed the style of art that you’re creating changing from what you would normally create?

Not really, I still keep experimenting and just push lots of buttons. Sometimes I get lucky. 

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If yes, to the above, can you explain how your art has changed?

Although I have not changed a lot of what I do I am trying to keep things a little simpler. Not relying on apps to dominate an image. Having said that here is an image that proved the lie. 

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Have you found additional inspiration to create at this time?

No, but I now intend to print a lot more of my images, maybe looking towards an exhibition in the near future. 

Is creating mobile digital art/photography, helping you at this time specially, how and why?

I can’t say that making pictures on my iPhone at this time is making any difference to me. I am just continuing what I always do. 

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Do you feel that sharing mobile art/photography at this time is spreading a unity of peace?

“Spreading a unity of peace”. I personally do not think any of my images would do that but if a picture gives pleasure to someone then I suppose there is a certain amount of peace or calmness invoked. 

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Is there anything else you would like to add?

I think we who use our mobile devices to capture and interpret the world around us are winning the battle and proving that BIG cameras are not always the best. We need both for different reasons but more and more people are being won over and we as Mobile Photographers are getting more recognition every day.

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By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— 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 - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com 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: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

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