We are delighted to announce today a brand new column to TheAppWhisperer entitled ‘A Picture of Health’. Many of us have untold health issues and photography and art go a long way to enable us to feel included in parts of the world to which some of us feel excluded. I was inspired to create this section by iconic photographer, who has since died, Jo Spence. She was a British working class photographer who got into photography following a relative conventional route. She was employed as a secretary at a photographer’s gallery and later decided to pick up a camera herself. She later opened her own studio and began taking portraits, passport photos, ‘empty images that paid the rent‘ she said. In 1982 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and began to explore the politics of disease through her work. One portrait shows her topless, staring at the camera with a bandage under her left breast and the words ‘Property of Jo Spence?’ scribbled in black pen above the nipple. She took the photograph with her into hospital as ‘a pre-operative talisman to remind myself that I had some rights over my own body.’
In the first post of this new column I have attached a photograph of myself, injecting essential medicinal drugs through my abdominal wall, a regular occurrence. It’s a pun on pop art, with the background of the rest of my body fading in the background. Ravaged with scars of previous major liver surgery and other major surgeries clearly visible upon my abdomen, it’s not a ‘pretty picture but it’s real‘. There’s a sense of intimate autobiographical photography here and it is part of a series of work. I would love to view a series of mobile photographers work within this column too. Ideally with around 5 to 7 images, of autobiographical imagery within the pun of ‘A Picture of Health’. Please have a think about how you will present this work, will you include captions? Where will they be placed in relation to the presentation?
I have also included an interview with Jo Spence for you to understand what an inspiration she was.
We have a Facebook group dedicated to ‘A Picture of Health’ and like our other Facebook groups, this will provide a platform for discussion on the techniques, aesthetics and goals that all mobile photographers bring to this art form. Please join this group.
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