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Mobile Photography & Art Flickr/Instagram Showcase – 14 June 2020

In these last decades ‘concerned’ photography has done at least as much to deaden conscience as to arouse it”, Sontag, S. On Photography (1979). Sontag argued that beleaguering the public with sensationalist photographs of war and poverty was a definitive way to numb the public’s response. Sontag believed that the more distressing images people viewed, the more immune they became to their impact; viewers became reduced to inaction, either through guilt or a dismissive lethargy towards making a difference.

Sontag reversed this view in Regarding the Pain of Others (2004), but ‘compassion fatigue’ is still used as an argument against war imagery today. I have been thinking about this a lot this week in relation to the vast array of citizen journalism images that have been flooding the news stations with injustices. Do those images call us to action? Will they help to provoke change? Can photography change situations? Interestingly, there’s also been a shift to show an opposing side of photography, but based on the same situation. It’s quieter, it’s more of a visceral approach, showing aesthetically interesting images of scenes of devastation, more like an aftermath. There’s a complexity to this style of photography, in particular Joel Meyerowitz is a notable example here, he was the official photographer selected to photograph the scenes after 9/11. But some say, that the latter’s approach almost reduces the desire to a call of action. It’s a compelling that both techniques could manufacture similar feelings in viewers. But if we are able to photograph information including the sheer horror with the aesthetic pull of the image, then surely ‘9/11 Falling Man’ sums up this complete epoch…

I would like to personally thank each artist and photographer this week for submitting your images to our Flickr and Instagram # including:

If you would like your work to be considered for entry in to our weekly Mobile Photography and Art Flickr Group, please submit it to our dedicated group, here. You can also submit images to our Instagram tag for this section #theappwhisperer.

Many thanks and congratulations to all the featured artists in this weeks showcase including:

@rosiekimages, @elsienah, Jenny Pieters, Lara Khatchikian, Gummy Mitthai, Roberta Mitchell, Fiona Christian, @remintrustions – Damian Da Souza, Jennifer Graham, Eliza Badoiu, Susan Latty, Rebecca Tun, Cathrine Halsor, @marshadraws, @ronaldoalmeida100, @klimtt – M. Cecilia São Thiago, Rosalie Heller, – Paul Suciu, Anca Balaj, @gunillamunro_fx – Gunilla Munro Gyllenspetz, Clint Cline, @iphonefineartphotography, @wemarriage_goddess – Bridget Robertson, Linda Hollier, @mitrydate, @jules4921 – Rita Colantonio, @bortolinimassimo – Massimo Bortolini, @patragraphy, @luison_street – Luis Rodriguez, Dina Alfasi, Peter Wilkin, withflowersinherphone – Nicole Bradbery, @ilemusi – Ile Mont, @agdlo.luis – Luis  Agudelo, @ange_ombre – Ro Lannes, @draman, Lukas Reichert, Candice Railton, Mark Swanson, Sherrianne100, Jun Yamaguchi, borisbschulz2009, Lorenka Campos, Laila, Fleur Schim, Louise Whiting, Frederic Hutter, Catherine Caddigan, Gianlcua Ricoveri, Judy Wahlberg, p.a.hamel, wawa, Susan Rennie, Susan Maxwell Schmidt, Susan Murtaugh.

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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]