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Mobile Photography and Art Interview – Hope In Adversity Interview with Sukru Memet Omur from Paris, France

I am currently shielding for twelve weeks and 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 thirteenth interview is with talented mobile photographer, Sukru Mehmet Omur originally from Turkey and now based in Paris, France. Omur trained and worked as a Doctor previously and offers his advice to all during this pandemic. Enjoy!

To read others in this series of interviews with Jill Lian, Vicki Cooper, Gerry Coe, Sarah Bichachi, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Phyllis Shenny, Alisa Smith Williams, Joy Barry, Ile Mont, Peter Wilkin and Susan Latty, please follow this link

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?

Thank you Joanne for this interview on my difficult confined days. Yes, I will be doing my quarantine in my apartment for almost 4 to 6 weeks in hopefully good conditions. I have my smartphones to take macro photography and experimental photography. As I do collage I will also take photos of my collages and do some collage with my photos. I can work on my iPad with Procreate to create some mobile art work. As I have to stay at home I can take the opportunity to work a bit more on mobile photography and artistry. Manuela Matos created a new group on facebook called Em dias de quarentena. This means “On quarantine days” where we can share mobile works during those difficult days. I share a work or two a day in this group. Here are some examples: 

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

Yes sure. As I have much more time and I go slowly, I think more and I work more precisely. I hope after this contagion, this pandemic, I will probably be more artistic than before. 


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

I will be more courageous for trying things that I never tried, such as drawing. I intend to look at more tutorials than before. So that will help me to improve. I have the courage of sharing without any shame :)) my first procreate drawing in a Facebook group called Procreate Community: Learn // Draw // Share 

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Have you found additional inspiration to create at this time?

As I listen to more music and read some poems that will help me to see in another way and give me some inspiration. We will see the results in two months if we are not sick or dead:)) 

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

Sure it helps me. If not, I would go crazy because It’s impossible for me to pass all the time in front of the TV looking at movies. 

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

We need that unity of peace for us, for the mobile community, for our nations and for the whole of the world. All we need is peace and love. 

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Anything else you would personally like to add…?

I want to advise everyone to keep to the safety instructions for the very deadly disease, especially stay at home. Senior in order not to be infected and the young people not to spread it. 

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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]