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Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr Group Showcase – 9 January 2022

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I like to create targets for myself, that way, it helps me to keep on schedule and achieve what I intend to do. For so long, I’ve been reading one book a week and by doing so, it allows me to travel, throughout the world, there’s a sense of freedom I experience with each page turned. This week I’ve been reading a novel about economic migrancy, called The Road Home. A subject we’re all aware of but so often ignore. The author Rose Tremain tackles the issues brilliantly. The main character, Lev is 42 and has left his Russian home following the recent death of his beloved wife from leukemia at 36, and the closure of the sawmill where he worked. He travels to London, seeking work but leaves his daughter at home with his mother, overseen by his irrepressible best friend. He is shocked by what he finds in London, he never envisaged the English could be overweight or inhospitable. With limited English language skills and work delivering a kebab shops flyers for £2 a day he is soon forced to sleep rough. But, luck reaches him with the kindness of a travelling companion from the journey over and she helps him to find work washing dishes in a gourmet restaurant albeit working round the clock. The novel progresses through his emotions, exploitation, random kindness, continued grief for his young lost wife. Tremain, has no intention of making a hero out of Lev, her agility as an author is that she keeps the story real, Lev doesn’t end up as a chef at Claridges, instead fantasies are replaced with alternate realities all the time showering her character with compassion. It is not a new book, it was published in 2008 but seems as relevant now as it did back then, no wonder it won the Orange Prize. Next on my list, the second printing of Pictures from Home by Larry Sultan.

If you would like your work to be considered for entry into our weekly Mobile Photography and Art Flickr showcase, please submit it to our dedicated group, here. Alternatively if you’re an Instagram user just tag your images with #theappwhisperer and we’ll pick you up.

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

@rejanerubino, @elsienah, @leafandflowerimages, @kwaneee, @nika.novich.art, @mariette_schrijver, @after.1st.illumination, @f_flyte, @adrianmcgarry, @oedeorte, @deborahmorbetoart, @klimtt, @sandarroch, @ja_graham, @kein_grund, @msnash, @pause.and.breathe, @clau_clara, @marian.rubin_photography, @camorgan.art, Milly M, Chris Jones, Meri Walker, Alexander V, Jean-Fabien JFL, Fleur Schim, Rita Colantonio, Jun Y amaguchi, Jill Lian, Clint Cline, Lorenka Campos, Gianluca Ricoveri, Judy Wahlberg, Oola Cristina, Vladimir Dimitroff, anandamoy chatterji, Victor Reynolds, soul_engine,  Susan Detroy, clau_clara, pause.and.breathe – Susan Latty, msnash, kein_grund, ja_graham, sandarroch, klimtt – M Cecilia Sao Thiago, Deborah Morbeto, oedeorte, Adrian McGarry, f_flyte, after.1st.illumination – Jane Schultz, Mariette Schrijver, nika.novich.art, kwaneee, leafandflowerimages, elsienah, rejanerubino, Marian Said Rubin, Camorgan.art.

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