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Mobile Photography & Art Flickr and Instagram Showcase – 23 January 2021

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In Ways of Seeing, John Berger discusses Rembrandt’s self portrait painting when he was aged 58 and contrasts this with an earlier self portrait painting when he was 28 – thirty years apart, explaining that the latter portrait only reveals ‘an advertisement for the sitter’s good fortune, prestige and wealth’. It was painted in 1634, in the year of Rembrandt’s first marriage. He is flamboyantly showing off his bride, not knowing that withing six years she will be dead. The painting is cited to sum up the happy period of his life. It was also during this period of history that oil painting was betoken to be ‘a celebration of material property and the status that accompanied it’. Berger believed Rembrandt’s brilliance was his struggle ‘with the very language of his own art’ (Berger 1977: 103-6). Painters have always been free to construct portraits, layer upon layer upon layer, whereas photographers, just have a single moment. Whilst studying Ways of Seeing, I felt that perhaps it could be interpreted that self portraits have always been designed to portray ‘good fortune, prestige and wealth’. And I ponder this is what we are also seeing in mainstream social media photo channels today. We/others put on an act that we/they feel is appropriate in any one setting and viewers are left wondering perhaps, are these sincere images or are they fictional images? Of course, this is perpetuated with income from brands and the associated perks that the ‘successful’ Instagrammer may recieve.   I would like to turn this topic into a challenge on TheAppWhisperer.com by asking readers to submit selfies to Instagram with this tag #tawselfie – just send one, but please inform me within the post, how many selfies you took before deciding to submit the one you did. I’ll announce this again later in the week and for now, sit back and enjoy this weeks breathtaking showcase of mobile photography and art through the world.

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.

p.a.hamel, Jane Schultz, Allyson Marie, Jill Lian, Sherrianne100, Suite116, Susan Detroy, Mariel Milan, Jun Yamaguchi, Fille.de.lumière, Peter Wilkin, Clint Cline, Deborah McMillion, Gabriele Rodriquez, Juta Jazz, Susan Maxwell Schmidt, borisbschulz2009, Gianluca Ricoveri, Catherine Caddigan, kein_grund, Carol Wiebe, Robin Cohen, vincelurie, Ile Mont, mitrydate, Anca Balaj, kristie_michele_art, Laurie Amerson, linasview, princekenjis, @lusion_street, M. Cecilia São Thiago, sengulbekmez, Jennifer Bracewell, Elaine Taylor, Eliza Badoiu, shannon_kathleenphotography, Setauna, Paul Yan, Susan Latty, wmson2000_art, Michael Brunsfeld, Damian De Souza, Clarrise Debout, clau_clara, Edibe Taylan, ja_graham, joe_legrand61, Marco Prado.

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By Joanne Carter

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

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