Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr/Instagram Group Showcase 3 October 2021

Sadly, I have never attended a Edward Hopper exhibition, there was one in London in 2004, but I couldn’t make it, few shows have reached higher visitor numbers at Tate Modern. Hooper’s draw for me was his unique ability to exquisitely paint urban experiences of loneliness, separation and distance with such clarity and intelligence. One that touches me, perhaps more than others in his work, is entitled Automat. This word in American refers to self-service restaurants, where diners would collect their meals from vending machines, the establishments did not employ waiters or waitresses. Once a customer collected their meal, they would sit with it, generally alone. It makes the absolute perfect location for a Hooper painting.

Automat consists of a painting of a young lady in New York, within one of these cafe’s. She appears to be about to take a sip of coffee. She is wearing outdoor clothing, her coat with fur around the collar signifies the time of year, and she has positioned herself close to a radiator for further warmth. She keeps one gloved hand, whilst the other is bare, she wraps it around her coffee cup. Behind her, there’s a shelf and upon it is a bowl overflowing with fruit. Why would Hopper place this in the frame? This is where his genius ability goes further, in 1920’s New York, out of season fruit was not available. By placing it there ‘Hooper is inviting us to think symbolically. He is asking us to consider how the luscious, rounded forms in the bowl correspond with what Freud called ‘the larger hemispheres of the female body’.

Walter Wells, an American academic wrote the remarkable book entitled Silent Theater – The Art of Edward Hopper. It is a must have if you are a Hooper fan and even perhaps, if you are not. Wells delves further into Automat in his book and explains ‘the young woman’s coat is green (the colour of innocence), unbuttoned and open, and we can see that she is wearing a red garment (the colour of passion) underneath. Her neckline is low and her skirt has risen to reveal a pair of shapely legs. These erotic elements alert us to what she might be thinking. Above her head, the reflected ceiling lights of the Automat recede into darkness; they resemble the ‘thought bubbles’ of a cartoon strip. There are two lines of these bubbles, which means she must be in two minds. Will she? Won’t she? The chair that she faces is conspicuously empty. She struggles to resolve a dilemma without companionship or support. Her aloneness is amplified by the infinite nothingness outside, which is mitigated only in part by the double row of reflected lights. Angular bannisters, just visible, suggest a descending staircase. It appears to be the only means by which she can leave. Like all of us, she has limited options…’ Thank you to everyone who has asked after me for the past few weeks, I hope this weeks showcase goes on to explain a little.

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Many congratulations to the following artists for being featured this week:

@pao_jhanitsa, @vitormazzeophoto, @bonobostonecreations, @judehank2, @stinevanderloe, @ja_graham, @remnants_captured, @christinemignon, @hakerud73_ed,  @fineartbycat, @knut_roeling, @eliza.badoiu, @klimtt, @mitrydate,, @fchristian, @pause.and.breathe, @clau_clara,  @deborahmorbetoart, @lyne.nagele, @mduyulmus_stbenoitsb @dinalf, @christineobrienart, @hipstanitaelle, @maurizio.pichi, @lorelie2010, @kwaneee, @christineosobczak, @robertamitchell9675, @marian_rubin_photo, p.a. hamel, Juta Jazz, Rita Colantonio, Fleur Schim, Clint Cline, Judy Wahlberg, Jane Schultz, Oola Cristina, Jun Yamaguchi, Star Greathouse, Susan Detroy, G Billon, Kerry Mitchell, Kathy Clay, Jill Lian, Gianluca Ricoveri, Catherine Caddigan, Michael Beresin, Deborah McMillion, Tomaso Belloni, Marian Rubin, goodcomma.

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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]