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A Picture of Health

New Column ‘A Picture of Health’ Added to TheAppWhisperer.com Today

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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. For those affected, the website Rolling Paper has some useful articles on chronic health issues, symptoms and treatment options, and pain management too.

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?

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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.

TheAppWhisperer is growing at a phenomenal rate and trying to include as much unique content and variety from the mobile photography and art wold as our readers can possibly digest, you really don’t need to go anywhere else!

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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. 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