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Mobile Photography & Art Instagram Showcase – 23 August 2020

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Not all self-portraiture includes the photographer, sometimes it is possible to use other people to stand in. I mentioned Sophie Calle‘s work last week and her series ‘Take Care of Yourself 2007-2009), is an example of this. Some photographers use people in a metaphoric sense, I’m thinking of Maria Kapajevea, in ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman, 2012-ongoing’) or some choose not to include anyone in the picture at all (Nigel Shafran, Washing-up 2000). All of these approaches are classified as self-absented portraiture, similar to self-portraiture but none include the photographer in a literal sense. In many ways, physically, I have started to feel that maybe I might be disappearing, fading at least from view. Yesterday afternoon, I left our house, with the brunette for a walk to what we call ‘the secret garden’. It is so small and exclusive, it is by the river and they serve the most delicious selection of homemade cakes and an assortment of beverages. As we were enroute, we met a neighbour and as we passed we acknowledged her but then she stopped us to say, ‘oh Joanne, I haven’t seen you for so long, you’re so thin, you’re skin and bone, are you ok?‘. The brunette nodded with her. I explained that I had been shielding for the best part of four months, so not ventured out much. I said we were just going to eat delicious cake and she replied ‘good, you need to eat ten of them, I’m worried about you‘. As we continued to walk, many thoughts came to mind, terrifying me with the fragility of these moments. When we reached the ‘secret garden’ and selected our cakes, we sat by the river and I started to think more on self-absented portraiture, as I felt myself vanishing from the view of my neighbours, family, world. There are aspects of our lives, things we do, feel and think – that we daren’t confess, even to ourselves, even in the absolute privacy of our private record. What can I know? Nothing for sure. What ought I do? What may I hope for? For the best and thus I decided self-absented portraiture will be the focus of my next photographic series.

Thank you to all the talented artists for submitting your works to our showcase this week. 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.

Gianluca Ricoveri, Lorenka Campos, VeraJane Vickers, lila_lile, Deborah McMillion, Karen Axelrad, Meri Walker – TheiPhoneArtGirl, Joseph Cyr, Catherine Caddigan, Deborah Field, Jun Yamaguchi, @rain.is.poetry, @elsienah, Roberta Mitchell, @camorgan.art, Vicki Cooper, Clarrise Debout, @accidental_artist3, pause.and.breathe – Susan Latty, @setanua, @ja_graham – Jennifer Graham, @draman – Roger Guetta, Christine Mignon, @psychephoto – Robin Cohen, Fiona Christian, Eliza Badoiu, @patragraphy, @salwa_afef_photography, Emilio Nadales, @berleyart, @marshadraws – Marsha Estes, @michellebishoff, Cedric Blanchon, M. Cecilia São Thiago, @mitrydate, @after.1st.illumination – Jane Schultz, @jules4921 – Rita Colantonio, @projetomobgrafia, @bakkerlaila, Linda Hollier, Janis Brandenburg Lee.

 

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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.
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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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