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New Year Resolutions 2024

I wish to extend my gratitude to each of you for forwarding your New Year Resolutions to me, and I must also express my appreciation for your patience regarding the delay in their publication. The recent months have been marked by a mixture of notable events; from the celebratory occasion of my middle son, Jovian, graduating from one of the world’s foremost universities in Digital Media, to the challenging episodes of grappling with a second bout of Covid and, tragically, the loss of my dear brother.

The passing of my brother has undoubtedly been the most formidable trial to endure. I find solace only in silent tears, as I grapple with the harsh reality of his sudden departure due to an aggressive cancer. In what feels like the blink of an eye, we were stripped of his presence. His absence echoes in my thoughts as I catch myself wishing to share moments with him, only to be confronted repeatedly by the cruel truth of his absence.

Despite the shadows that have touched my personal sphere, I am heartened by the joyous moments many of you have experienced and the anticipation you hold for the year ahead. Your collective contributions have enriched this compilation, and I am confident you will find it a rewarding read. Thank you for your unwavering support and enthusiasm.

To discover more about each artist featured here, just click on their image or their name to be taken to their social media presence.

Deb Araniti, Carlos Austin, Heather McAlister, Melissa D Johnston, Michèle Polak, Rita Colantonio, Linda Sbath, Bob Weil, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Susan Detroy, Coy Townson, Michel Pretterklieber, Liza Cirenza, Oola Cristina, Deborah McMillian, Edward Santos, Meri Walker, Rosalie Heller, Alon Goldsmith, Lanie Heller, Jane Schultz, Karen Axelrad, Vanessa Vox, Jill Lian, Sarah Bichachi, Cathrine Halsør, Diana Nicolette Jeon, Susan Rennie, Ioannis Sidiropoulos, Christine Mignon, Shirley Drevich, Andrea Bigiarini, Petyr Campos, Linda Toki, Giulia Baita, Jaz Oldham, Riel Noir, Yoni Mayeri, Erik Viggh, Gianluca Ricoveri, Rad Drew, Gerry Coe, Greg McMillian, Ocean Morisset, Tania Konnerth, M. Cecilia São Thiago, Fleur Schim, Christine O Sobczak, Marco Prado.

©Deb Araniti  @seelooksky

Thank you dear Joanne for inviting me to participate. No one does what you do for our mobile photography community. No one!!  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity and support. You are a gem.

To be honest, I have never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions. But I do think I need to live with intentions in 2024. Maybe intentions are the same as resolutions? 2023 was a strange and challenging year. Firstly, I was ill for almost half of the year.  

In a lot ways, it was gift, as I now have much more empathy and appreciation towards what others are going through. Then my  mother was hospitalized twice in the last quarter of the year. As a result, I am kinder. And what a gift it is that I still have her.

Lastly, I intend to absorb all the opportunities that come my way instead of fear. I intend to put my year of isolation into the past; to reach towards opportunities and friends; schedule time for my art, learn new apps to elevate my photography and make more time to just go out and shoot.  Also, looking forward to experiencing an amazing Total Eclipse event on my milestone birthday, April 8, 2024 in the northeast United States. I think it’s a sign of goods things to come. Sure hope so.

So dear friends, blessings to all. Wishing you health, and moments of unbelievable joy in 2024. And please world, end the wars.


Carlos Austin

©Carlos Austin

It is always a profound honor to find myself among these talented creators from diverse corners of the globe, utilizing the power of mobile devices to not only capture but also elevate their artistic endeavors through the lens of technology.

Reflecting on resolutions, one cannot help but marvel at the relentless pace at which time flies, akin to the rapid journey of the Concorde. In navigating the upcoming year, a focus on holistic well-being is paramount – nurturing both physical and mental health forms the foundation for a fulfilling life.

Consider taking intermittent breaks from the constant influx of news, allowing moments of respite for your mind to rejuvenate. Embrace the simplicity of a stroll, extending its duration and distance, as an investment in your physical vitality. Cultivate mindful eating habits, savoring the journey towards a healthier lifestyle.

Forge stronger connections with those who genuinely care, fostering a reciprocal bond that contributes to your well-being. Simultaneously, let 2024 be a chapter dedicated to pushing the boundaries of technology in its myriad forms, exploring the uncharted realms that innovation unfolds.

Amidst the hustle, embark on a journey of self-discovery, unraveling layers of your capabilities and understanding how you can contribute to the betterment of your community. This dual pursuit of personal growth and community impact serves as a powerful catalyst for positive change.

In essence, let the year ahead be a canvas where you paint the strokes of progress, both personal and technological. As you navigate through 2024, may the glow of light and the warmth of friendship illuminate your path. Remember, life is not a rehearsal – seize the opportunity to do what you love.

With heartfelt gratitude,

©Heather McAllister

In thinking about New Year’s resolutions, I know there are so many things that I could be doing to further my art practice. Work commitments, motherhood responsibilities and perhaps some of my own malaise keep me from realizing all of my potential.

But then I look back on what was accomplished in 2023: photos up in multiple exhibitions around the world, awards received, photo classes taken, involvement in the local camera club, and I realize that maybe things are evolving at an acceptable pace. The art could always be more focused and more ambitious but I am choosing, for now, to appreciate how it brings us together in community, sharing and learning even more about this complex world. A 2024 goal is to focus on decluttering my home spaces with the intention of freeing up more mental space for creative endeavors.

Thank you to Joanne for continuing this work of promoting and bringing together the Mobile Photography community. Wishing you all a peaceful and inspired New Year!

©Melissa D Johnston

About six months ago I found myself down a very deep productivity rabbit hole on YouTube. I was fascinated. I wanted to fit more of my goals into my life without going crazy and without a mandatory 5 a.m. wake up.

I discovered that it was indeed possible to stay sane and accomplish multiple things (in multiple areas) even if someone is very busy. But I also discovered that this was ultimately not a good fit for me. The more I approached my life through the lens of productivity, the less I started to accomplish. And the more stressed and frustrated I felt.

But I found that the more I relaxed into the moment (the present moment, but also the present situation in my life) and worked intuitively, the more I actually was “productive” in the things that mattered the most to me.

In a way, I had begun to approach my life as I approach making art. Working in the present with what arises, accepting limitations, and trusting my intuition. I would like this approach to be the one I live as much as I can in 2024.

Happy New Year, everyone!

©Michèle Polak

Dear friends HOW TIME FLIES

Lets make a wonderful peaceful year 2024 HAPPY NEW YEAR

Michèle & Peter Polak

©Rita Colantonio

Hello Joanne, thank you for inviting me to participate this year. In 2023 my focus had been digital mixed media and collage.

I had been in a gallery for six months, sold several of my pieces and won several awards. It was generally a good year for me artistically.

I also taught a major workshop, curated a large iPhoneography competition and was juried into the first Museum Exhibition of Digital Art in our local area. In 2024 I hope to continue working in digital mixed media, photography, original artwork and digital painting.

My goal is to connect more deeply with my emotions when I create my art.

©Linda Sbath

I’m so pleased with your group. Wishing you all the simple things and moments that you you smile.

'Slipstream' ©Bob Weil

Happy New Year! Thank you for the invitation to contribute.

Remember That I Have Been Blessed At the end of last year, I pledged to quite literally "count my blessings," and at the same time simplify my life so that I have more time for prayer and my family. 

2023 was a major travel year for my wife and I - we visited 10 countries over about a month, including stays with friends in Belgium and Austria following a tour through Croatia and Italy. It was also the prelude to a changed way of life - at least for a time. On the last day of the last trip of the year (to Canada), I became seriously ill, and it was only through the tremendous skills of a surgeon and an infectious disease specialist in the emergency room that I remained on the planet to live another year. Recovery will take up most of 2024. I have also resolved to simplify my work - to strip away the unnecessary and try to speak as directly about the beauty around us as I can. For me, that means a return to "realism" in photography, as I recognse how fragile and important every life and every experience is. I will be doing less collage and more direct representation of the world that unfolds before me each day. 

Wishing everyone peace, an abundance of creative and life blessings, and ongoing health for 2024! 

©Sukru Mehmet Omur

Rekindling Passion in Mobile Artistry: A Look Forward to 2024 The year 2023 marked a challenging period for the mobile artistry world. A noticeable decline in motivation among mobile artists led to a reduction in the sharing of artworks compared to previous years. This downturn was particularly evident in the cancellation of our “Your Dream is You” mobile art contest, which, for the first time, saw insufficient participation to proceed. This trend of decreased activity was also observed across various mobile artistry groups. 

As we step into 2024, I am committed to reinvigorating the mobile art community, especially within Turkey’s TuMobArt group. I aim to encourage artists to create and share more vigorously. To this end, the Facebook TuMobArt group will embrace “Wine and Vine” as its year-long theme. The culmination of this initiative will be the selection of the finest images for an exhibition in a prestigious Istanbul gallery. Additionally, realising an exhibition featuring renowned mobile artists from around the world in Paris remains a cherished dream of mine. 

On a personal front, I plan to venture into the realm of street photography, with a project to publish a photography Zine within the year. I will also continue to write articles on photography and art, and I look forward to attending the “Les Rencontres d’Arles” and “Paris Photo” festivals. 

My focus will not only be on mobile photography but also on revisiting studio photography for portraits and product photography. This year symbolises a renewed effort to reawaken the creative spirit within the mobile artistry community. Together, we can overcome the challenges of the past and usher in a vibrant and dynamic era for mobile art. In addition to these endeavours, 2024 will also feature an exciting workshop in Toscana, Italy, in collaboration with Lisa Statkus. This workshop, part of Lisa’s Gryphon Art and Travel, promises an enriching experience in the picturesque Italian countryside. Participants will have the opportunity to delve into the world of photography and beyond, under the guidance of expert artists. Set against the backdrop of Toscana’s stunning landscapes, this workshop is poised to be a highlight of the year. For more information on Lisa Statkus and the workshops, please visit Lisa Statkus’ website. 

As we embrace the opportunities and challenges of 2024, I extend my warmest New Year greetings to all our mobile artist friends. May this year bring renewed creativity, inspiration, and success in all your artistic endeavours. Let’s celebrate the beauty of art and the resilience of our community. Together, we shall make 2024 a memorable and flourishing year for mobile artistry. Best wishes for a year filled with stunning captures and artistic milestones!

'Planetary Sisters - Cosmic Floral' ©Susan Detroy

Into 2024 I resolve to cherish the beloved constant in my life, my art-making. I resolve to hold on to the intriguing art skills I am learning and to my excitement in creating. I resolve to explore and treasure my art life for the jewel it is and to solidify international art relationships. I resolve to be grateful for long-time close friends, my house, garden, community and my ageing, active body. I resolve to always be attentive to the earth and her gifts. I resolve to bring myself back to the wise, calm place inside me. And always, always this calm is exemplified by art, my art, and the art of others, inspiring and sustaining us.  

Thanks to Joanne and you all for being part of a hopeful and calm future. 

©Coy Townson

Wow...many great things have happened in the past few years with mobile photography. Portrait Mode has evolved and AI technology has made editing so much easier and less time-consuming. 

Even still, many of us who have been using cell phones for creative purposes since the first cameras were fitted can’t get away from manually working our images in post-production. 

I’ve currently been playing with different ways to mimic other early analogue styles. Wet Plate Cameras have become my obsession. I study images from many who have mastered it in the real world and attempt to give my iPhone photos the same feel. With apps allowing us to create our own presets, and make fine adjustments to those edits, we can tune them to any look or style. Because of all the improvements, my phone has also become a backup to my DSLR cameras at events and concerts. It’s nice to have a little security when shooting in bad conditions i.e. extreme weather, low light etc. At the speed of technology evolution, I can’t wait to see what we’ll be using a few years from now. 

Have a great beginning to 2024! “Shoot often…shoot a lot!” Favourite Apps: The iPhone Camera, Snapseed, Procreate, Lightroom

©Michel Pretterklieber 

I want to prepare my second picture book to be released in 2025 and therefore I need a shit ton of photos and subjects. Also, I want to organise or take part in exhibitions again after a long period of not doing that anymore. Then, I did a complete record artwork for an awesome Freejazz band and one cover photo for another Jazz band. 

My goal is to get more possibilities for music artwork. So feel free to send me a link to your band and I'll send you some ideas. Besides that, I and Beat Keller recorded an album of Noise music. So, maybe there will be some shows. We'll film them and put them on YouTube. Our band's name is "Siamese Gun". It's loud and strange. 

Thanks for the support and visit my Instagram account @booksandshit for pictures which won't be included in the book. Happy New Year!

©Liza Cirenza

Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t believe in January resolutions, I’m more of a daily/weekly intentions kinda gal—mostly because I learned the hard way that January resolutions often just make me feel guilty by the time February rolls in, and nothing has been resolved!

I do, however, believe in setting a yearly word that will help me guide my daily intentions. This year’s word is “why”. If you’re with me, you’re probably asking “why” would “why” be a word of the year? And also doubting my thinking process…

If I set an intention without fully understanding and embracing my “why”, I’m destined to stray off course. 

Why do I do art is the fundamental question guiding everything else. Why do I choose this medium? Why is today a good day to not do art, or to finish the project I’m 6 weeks behind on? Why am I 6 weeks behind?

After I understand “why” I do what I do, “why” it is important, and the real guts of “why” I am 6 weeks behind, the what, how, who, when and where are more effectively satisfied—and I stand a modicum of chance that I’m going to finish that project and it will be a most meaningful journey towards achieving that intention. Because my foundational “why” of why I do art, is to add positive value to the world around me.

Wishing you all a creatively inspired year, firmly grounded in the “why” of your artistic journeys!!

©Oola Cristina

My wishes for the coming year are to live in a way that’s more aligned with the process by which I create: pay attention; be open to surprises and an expanded point of view; trust the process; be willing to change; let the pieces come together to reveal what is true. 

The last few years have been difficult for many.  My wish for all of us is for ease… through our efforts and through grace. To look more deeply and to see more clearly… ourselves and each other.

Thank you so much for putting this together, Joanne, for TheAppWhisperer, and all the opportunities to share what we love with each other.

Wishing everyone good health, good outcomes, abundant creativity and much love in 2024.

'Chester and the Continuum' ©Deborah McMillian

Pretty simple: In order to stay positive, my resolution would be 1 thing a day done for the planet and 1 thing a day for myself.

That means Chester and  The Continuum will get finished.

'Sun Goes down in Miami' ©Edward Santos

My New Year’s resolution is to try and get back into helping more veterans explore the arts as a form of self therapy in their journey toward healing from the traumas of military service. I’ve taken time off to start a homestead and small farm but I’ve missed being a part of the art community. Time to get back to it. Make Art not War.

©Meri Walker

I closed out 2023 last week by driving up to Portland to see an old friend and meet his new partner. Little Josh and I travelled well together and he was a hit in their home. 

One afternoon, Nate and I took a walk in their neighbourhood to visit some galleries and a couple of wonderful used bookstores. When we stopped to take a break, we ducked into a well-worn neighbourhood bar to have a beer before walking home. We hadn’t been there 10 minutes when the couple in this picture came in. We were the only four people in the bar. 

I was so curious about how it was that this elderly couple set up to play pool together.  When Nate went to the restroom, I got up and went over to the woman to say, I was curious because they didn’t look like any kind of pool sharks.

Her kind smile lit up her face and warmed my heart. She told me her husband used to be a pool shark - before he got dementia - and that she had brought him in to see if his muscle memory might be triggered by playing a game. 

It was all I could do not to burst out crying at the beauty of their friendship. 

When I retreated to the table with Nate, I told him what she had said, and we both watched quietly while the man flailed the cue around in the air for a while. In a bit, the woman showed him he could use the cue on the table to get a ball into one of the pockets. He used the stick to scoop the coloured balls directly into the pockets for a while. 

After about five more minutes, he became enamoured with the black ball and started rolling it around the table and then used his cue to shoot the black ball into other coloured balls for a while. Coloured balls were flying into the pockets along with the black ball. It took maybe another 10 minutes before he noticed the white ball. 

Over the next 15 minutes, the man remembered what the white ball was for and shot every one of the coloured balls into the pockets. When nothing but the white ball was left on the table, he had the biggest smile on his face. It was getting dark inside the bar but I thought he might just light up the whole city.

My New Year’s Resolution for 2024 is to do whatever shows up in front of me each day that allows me to use my enthusiasm (my human experience of God within me) to spread the kind of loving kindness I saw the man’s wife use to nourish her husband’s enthusiasm. 

Happy New Year, my friends. My students are beginning iPhoneographers, seniors who are teaching and learning together at the OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Oregon University. Can’t wait.

©Rosalie Heller

Thank you Joanne for the invitation. For the coming year I will continue to follow my passion for mobile photography, as I continue to be inspired by the beauty and creativity of my fellow artists and practice gratitude for having a safe and warm place to rest my head. I will try my best to turn a simple photograph into an extraordinary image. I resolve to start meditating again...a practice I have neglected and I will listen more intently when I am in nature. Nature is my therapy and there is wisdom in silence. I wish everyone a year of creativity and kindness.

©Alon Goldsmith

In 2021 I did a 365 project. While I totally loved the experience and benefited so much from doing it, the challenge was quite overwhelming and I gave it a break these last two years. But, I'm ready to do it again, and my New Year resolution is to make and post a photo everyday this year. Coolest thing is that it's a 366 project this time around. Let's go!

©Lanie Heller

Thank you Joanne!!  Happy 2024 everyone! 

I think that 2023 has been my most trying yet. I was faced with so many obstacles & hurdles I had to continue dodging. I feel this was the case with many around me. I’ve limited my presence on social media platforms to avoid a lot of negativity, but when I do look I’m still in awe of the work others continue to create. This year I saw something that resonated with me in the deepest sense: 

“I’m training my boundaries to be stronger than my empathy. 

I’m tired.”

This is my wish for you all!

Light & Love in 2024

©Jane Schultz

2023 was another year of unexpected turns for me. We moved over 1000 miles away, selling our house for almost 30 years. 

I met 2 wonderful members of our mobile art community, who are both dear to my heart. While I had less time than I would have liked for creative ventures, the year was filled with many positive changes. 

This next year, I hope to achieve a better balance. I’ll continue to live in the here and now, as life keeps showing me that that’s what there is. 

For this year, and hopefully many more after, I want to embrace life and keep my heart open. I want to further grow through new experiences, wonderful people in my life, and creative expressions. 

Thank you, Joanne and Happy New Year and Best Wishes to you all. x

'Arnold Dreyblatt Opening at KangContemporary' ©Karen Axelrad

This year my greatest wish is for Peace and the recognition of Democracy worldwide. My wish is for health, travel, and creativity. 

My photographic goals are to sort, organise, and also delete thousands of photos. Delve more into AI and experiment with mixing AI with my work in my style and not “in the style of”. Get a little more creative with video. Publish that book which was almost finished years ago. 

Thanks to Joanne for your lengthy and tireless promotion of the art of mobile photography.

©Vanessa Vox

A warm cup of espresso on a table in the sun

A moment of peace and reflection

A reminder of the journey I have begun

A reward for the challenges I have overcome 

2023 was a year of learning

To trust my inner voice and feeling

To face the challenges and the unknown

To make the impossible my own

2024 starts in a new place with a new horizon

A chance to explore and to grow

An opportunity to learn and to discover

An adventure to embrace and to enjoy

Photography helps me to see life and structures more deeply and vividly

To appreciate the beauty and the complexity

To capture the essence and the meaning

To express the vision and the feeling

With photos and videos, I observe and create

A warm cup of espresso on a table in the sun

A moment of gratitude and satisfaction

A reflection of the journey I have done

An anticipation of the adventure to come

©Jill Lian

My plan for 2024 is to keep searching for treasures. Finding peace and calm in my daily routine. Getting outdoors as much as possible. 

My wish is that 2024 is kind to us all. Happy New Year to everyone in this wonderful community! 

Thank you Joanne for all you do for the mobile photography family!

©Sarah Bichachi

First of all, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and thank Joanne Carter for this opportunity to share my New Year’s resolution. 

I would like to focus on world peace and connectivity among the human species in my art this new year. We have grown more divided in the past years with politics, global conflicts, and chaos which recently resulted in war in the Middle East. 

I sincerely pray that art can appease the dark side of humanity, invoke love and peace with beauty and touch the heart through creativity and colours. Life is too short for apathy.

©Cathrine Halsør

I’m touched by the invitation to share my thoughts and honoured to be part of this mobile community.

The last years has been about reconnecting with the elements, I want to pay attention and to feel grateful for my creative life. 

Choosing a word to act as a guiding light for a new year is a lovely way to bring some gentle intention to a new year. A word can be embraced as a reminder and a promise, and that seems to work better for me than a list of resolutions.

I want my heart and soul to be a part of the things I create this year. I find myself asking what the next chapter will look like. But all I need is to pay attention and trust the process. And to spread light to every corner of this world.

‘Keep a green bough in your heart

And the singing bird will come! 

Peace and love and joy to each of you, and thank you so much for this opportunity Joanne, xx

©Diana Nicholette Jeon

Happy New Year to all. Thank you, Joanne, for asking for my resolution for 2024. 

As an artist, I am an explorer by nature. I don’t like to be tied to doing things in certain ways because “that is the way they always have been done.” 

So I will continue with exploring and experimenting, as I have always done, with and without specific projects in mind. Because I am someone who is always pushing the boundaries, I never know where that might lead me; in that regard, I will be doing things I have not done before. In the past year and a half, those explorations have led me to learn image making with AI, as well as “souping” Polaroid photos to express the concept of the series. 

In both cases, my mobile photo work is often the starting point of those explorations. In 2024, I plan to embrace as many new to me techniques as I find that interest me and to teach myself to exploit the possibilities and properties of Instax films that the Leica Sofort 2 hybrid camera I got for a Christmas offer. 

I am excited by the possibility offered of working with my mobile images and printing them using that camera, then altering the film itself after the development. The more tools I have in my toolbox, the better armed I am to effectively express my ideas via my work. I will also be doing my best to help us save American democracy, which Trump and his supporters will make very difficult.

©Susan Rennie

My New Year’s resolution is to re-activate my iPhoneography and to re-connect with and participate in the brilliant community nurtured by Joanne Carter.

'A Million Little Pieces' ©Ioannis Sidiropoulos

This year more than anything I'll try hard to be a better person with his ears open and eyes to see and hear the problems of people in need. Happy new year to all the artists, I wish to you all the best.

'Start' ©Christine Mignon

As I kind of lost my love and passion for photography a bit, evolving and revitalising my relationship with it is my resolution for 2024. 

So the plan is to do more of what makes me happy - take more pictures, be creative, live and love the moment! 

Happy New Year to all!

Christine Mignon Photography 

Apps: mostly Hipstamatic 

Based in Vienna, Austria 

©Shirley Drevich

In 2024, my resolution is to delve deeper into nature photography, immersing myself in its beauty. Through close-up shots, I aim to capture the intricate dance of contrast, light, and color. Each frame becomes a canvas, reflecting the raw elegance of the natural world in vivid detail.

©Andrea Bigiarini

Ah, the art of capturing life's moments through a lens—a pursuit that often feels like trying to focus on a squirrel with a perpetual caffeine buzz. This year, my resolution in the world of photography is to master the skill of keeping my camera strap untangled more often than not.

And speaking of New Year's resolutions, they're like those tricky manual settings on a camera—everyone talks about using them, but few truly understand their full potential. They're both the roadmap to improvement and the procrastinator's favourite excuse.

So, amidst the lens changes and the philosophical ponderings, I'll commit to embracing the chaos within every frame, acknowledging that while resolutions might be as fleeting as a perfect golden hour, they still serve as a reminder that life's best shots are often found in the unplanned moments.

'Seablite No.1' ©Petyr Campos

1.  To get more involved with my local artist organisations. meet and learn from other artists. 
2. Try to successfully monetise my photography in some sustainable fashion.

©Linda Toki

I’ve been doing photography for my whole life and mobile art for many years as well. It was so magical watching it all unfold at the beginning of this movement. We were all younger with limited apps! Initially, The AppWhisperer was our main source of new and free apps. It was a fresh and exciting time! That’s what I’d like to recapture this year. The magic moments of life, excitement….. and being very selective with my time and energy. And if I don’t like something, I’ll delete it and not feel bad.  

In 2023 I lost my friend and distressed FX app creator, Cheryl Tarrant. It was a heartbreaking loss. I hope to embody her spirit and grow the poppies from the seeds she gave me. Art for me is a way of living, an experience, a meditation, a religion, not a money-making Endeavor. 

I want 2024 to be the year of living a life that’s carefully and skillfully curated; of savouring and living in the magic moments. 

©Giulia Baita

The beginning of the year pushes us to always plan something regarding work, loved ones, home, travel, etc. My resolutions for 2024 mainly concern work. I already have some exhibitions planned that I have to participate in and I am evaluating other proposals. I will continue to support the art of mobile artists through MAG and whenever possible. 

I wish you, Joanne, a happy and bright year and the same to all the friends of TheAppWhisperer!

So much happened over the last year to so many people the world over. In my small sphere, I took the huge step of enrolling for a full-time degree in creative writing. 

I have found myself photographing people much more than before and intend to carry on doing this. I would like to marry pictures with words. Human life is interesting, intricate and very fragile, so many strands of stories to tease out. I feel that it deserves more of my attention. 

In 2024, I plan to take more leaps of faith- just like my daughter in this image.

'Leap of Faith' ©Jaz Oldham

©Riel Noir

Last year has been such a positive year. I twice attended an artist residency in the Hilltops, Vagamon, India. There I found a safe place to experiment with my art, a peaceful place to find oneself, a sense of Being. 

Later this year I will be returning to this glorious place, but until then my resolution for 2024 is to work further with what I created during the 3 months I was there. 

The photo I have chosen is the view from my terrace, where I am eating fresh lychee bought from a roadside vendor as we ascend to our destination. Looking out over these hills, which are incidentally called Little Scotland (I’m Scottish), I felt immersed in an intense energy, a sense of living in the moment, a sense of Being.

©Yoni Mayeri

I plan to paint & draw more, and continue to share my knowledge & possessions with others. Kindness begins with each of us.

©Erik Viggh

Looking back at 2023 it was a great year for me. I managed to complete my doctorate thesis and we welcomed another grandchild to the world. These events were wonderful distractions from my photography and I was fortunate enough to be featured in some of the weekly showcases.

My resolution for 2024 is to strive for more iPhoneography. I have managed to get a few photos of family, friends and my surroundings. These need to be worked with together with many more photos in 2024.

I will strive towards more submissions but most of all enjoy to see inspiring work from all the talented artists out there.

©Gianluca Ricoveri

Happy New Year Joanne, and thank you for inviting me to this magnificent initiative which is repeated at the beginning of every year!

In the coming year, I resolve to capture the essence of nature's beauty more profoundly through my lens, striving to evoke emotions and inspire admiration for the delicate intricacies of flowers and the grandeur of landscapes.

I commit to mastering new photographic techniques, enhancing my skills, and refining my artistic vision to create even more captivating images.

Above all, I resolve to remain passionate, curious, and deeply connected to the natural world, allowing its endless wonders to guide and inspire my photographic journey.

©Rad Drew

My resolution for 2024 is to slow down; to move more deliberately, intentionally, thoughtfully, and with more awareness as I pursue my photography goals. There is no rush.

©Gerry Coe

Joanne, thanks for asking.  I don’t do resolutions as such but I keep looking for new ways forward. At the moment I am moving towards more abstract physical collages using my photographs rather than found objects.  

The image attached is a view of crashing waves shot on SlowShutter cam, it was then cut up into squares and reassembled. So that is my new direction. 

Happy New Year to all.

©Greg McMillian

I’m terrible with resolutions because I don’t know what the year will bring and I never know if I can hold myself to it. However, when Joanne reached out to me to see if I would submit one, I thought it was a good idea because it forced me to set some sort of goal for the new year. 

As I sit and ponder this, I can think of more than one thing I’d like to accomplish in 2024. First and foremost, improve my health, but about iPhoneography, I will be publishing my book that has been in the works for three years. I’m working on a speaking presentation that I’ll be doing for a local photography club, and I’d like to do this for more clubs or events. In my work, I plan to be more adept with the use of light in my photography. A little less “good enough” and a little more waiting for the right moment. 

And finally, if the Lord is willing, I should be able to retire from my job after 40 years and spend a little more time doing the things I love. 

The image I’ve supplied for this post has nothing to do with good lighting, but I have to say it’s one of the best photos I’ve ever taken. It was October 31st and we were stricken with about 5cm of heavy, wet snow. It was gone the next day so I didn’t mind getting soaked while spending a couple of hours capturing some images around town.

©Ocean Morisset

Thanks Joanne! Happy New Year! This year I resolve to remain open to the infinite creative possibilities that will present themselves to me.

©Tania Konnerth 

Last year I really enjoyed playing around with the app icolorama. Because I do have to do a lot with horses and horse-people I mostly create art with photos of horses. While working on these pictures I always try to express a bit of the personality of the horse and their owners seem to love it. So for 2024 I would love to go more public with my "soulhorses" as I like to call these pictures – in order to bring joy to many horselovers. 

©M. Cecilia São Thiago

Before I start setting new goals, it's crucial for me to reflect on previous years. I analyze my achievements, challenges and learnings. I ask myself what worked well and what can be improved. Self-assessment provides valuable insights to direct future goals in a realistic and meaningful way.

Instead of creating a long list of goals, I focused on quality. Having fewer goals allows me to dedicate more time and effort to each one, increasing the chances of success. This also reduces feelings of overwhelm and increases the likelihood of maintaining commitment over time.

Therefore, I prioritise in 2024 a Focus on quality, not quantity.

I thank Joanne Carter for the dedication shown year after year and I wish her and everyone a 2024 of many achievements, small or large, but accompanied by great joy.

©Christine O Sobczak 

In 2024, I will continue with my cyanotypes. They are easy to process but they are quite tricky when it comes to using natural, sunlight to complete the process. I have given up more than once while printing them. The many pieces to create them have fallen into place so I will continue the struggle. This will be a challenging year for the USA, Gaza, the Ukraine, and Africa….The world needs some peace focused leaders. That would be my wish for 2024. 

©Fleur Schim

Thank you for inviting me to participate in New Year’s resolutions 2024. I love being a member of an inclusive, amazingly talented and generous mobile photography community. I am grateful for the feeling of fellowship, as a result of sharing and mentoring, from both personal and virtual teachers.
My art helps keep me present, mindful and enhances my life. 
I am looking towards more travel with my husband, Jack. We are a creative team. We both enjoy new experiences and different scenery. Happy New Year!

My idea of a New Year’s resolution is a poem that speaks the intention about myself. 
Wishing you a happy and healthy year. 
Thank you again for inviting me.

TheAppWhisperer has always had a dual mission: to promote the most talented mobile artists of the day and to support ambitious, inquisitive viewers the world over. As the years pass TheAppWhisperer has gained readers and viewers and found new venues for that exchange.

All this work thrives with the support of our community.

Please consider donating to TheAppWhisperer as this New Year commences because your support helps protect our independence and we can keep delivering the promotion of mobile artists that’s open for everyone around the world. Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable for our future.

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TheAppWhisperer has always had a dual mission: to promote the most talented mobile artists of the day and to support ambitious, inquisitive viewers the world over. As the years pass TheAppWhisperer has gained readers and viewers and found new venues for that exchange.

All this work thrives with the support of our community.

Please consider donating to TheAppWhisperer as this New Year commences because your support helps protect our independence and we can keep delivering the promotion of mobile artists that’s open for everyone around the world. Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable for our future.

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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]