Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr/Instagram Group Showcase – 24 March 2019

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As a journalist of many decades, I’ve always been attuned to what is communicated to me and mostly I commit it to memory. I store up conversations and it is a treat for me to unwrap them at will. I may be in the bath, and recall a glorious conversation that made me laugh many moons ago and will laugh out loud, much to the amusement of my family. I may wake in the night and remember somber stories I have been told or witnessed and thus shed tears. But now there’s a new phenomenon too, to gather stories. Since the implementation of the mobile phone, people appear to have loud one-sided conversations wherever they may be. It’s good timing for me, because I have severe hearing loss and have only had digital aids for a few years. Since having these aids fitted, a whole world has opened up, or so it seems. It took me a while to progress to wearing digital hearing aids all day, when you have has spent most of your life without aids, suddenly hearing everything, can be really challenging, as with any radical lifestyle change. I remember sitting in a Drs waiting room one day and I could hear the other patients talking to each other. When my GP called me in to her room, I asked her if it was ‘normal’ to be able to hear other patients talking in the waiting room and she said, ‘yes, that’s normal’. And so, when on the bus the other day, I should not have been surprised to overhear a conversation that a woman was having with a friend. It appeared (to me) that she really didn’t care who overheard when she confided that her boyfriend had left her, for another friend (since renamed to ‘that slag’) and she was trying to sell a necklace on eBay that he had given her. The problem was, eBayer’s didn’t appear to believe the necklace was genuine and she was determined ‘not to give it away’. She said ‘I don’t wanna wear it anymore, I don’t want to think of him around my neck, touching my body’. One person who was interested on eBay wanted to see a copy of the receipt for evidence it was a valuable item. She didn’t have it because the necklace had been a gift from her boyfriend and she wasn’t going to ask him for it ‘now that he’s with that slag’ and so it went on. I have no idea whether she ever did manage to sell the necklace, for what she wanted but I was almost quite ready to vouch its genuineness after I got off at my stop. Of course, one of the advantages of wearing hearing aids, is you can take them out at will and remain in complete silence and go back to peace and beautiful memories.

Next week, I’m going to be in the gorgeous city of Paris for most of the week at a press event. I’ll report back,  wishing you all a beautiful week too.

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 #mobilephotographyandimagery.

Tricia Dewey, TheiPhoneArtGirl – Meri Walker, Sheriannnne, deanwgd608, Kat McClelland, jilllian2 – Jill Lian, Jun Yamaguchi, Susan Maxwell Schmidt, Bobby Chin, Rita Colantonio, Klaudia Cechini, Isabel Afonso, Candice Railton, Peter Wilkin, Lorenka Campos, Hanni K, Gina Costa, Sara Augenbraun, borisbschulz2009, Deborah McMillion, Clint Cline, Gianluca Ricoveri, p.a. hamel, Kate Zari Roberts, Susan Rennie, Manfred Majer, Barbara Braman, Catherine Caddigan, Fleur Schim.

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Mobile Photography & Art – Tickle Your Fancy #62

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Welcome back to our sixty second post in our Tickle Your Fancy section. ‘Tickle Your Fancy’ includes a round-up of between seven to eight links to articles from around TheAppWhisperer over the past few week, that you may by chance have missed. Please note, I’ve been a little unwell this week, so have not published as much as I wanted to.

Just to explain the title for this section Tickle Your Fancy is an English idiom and essentially means that something appeals to you and perhaps stimulates your imagination in an enthusiastic way, we felt it would make a great title for this new section of the site.

Artists cited include Amy Ecenbarger, Rita Colantonio, Valeria Cammareri, Deborah McMillion, Jenny Pieters, Feliz Ak, Kerry Mitchell, Fleur Schim, Diane Neubauer, Peter Wilkin, Lorenka Campos, Paul Yan, Paul Toussaint, Isabel Afonso, Catherine Caddigan, Ile Mont, p.a hamel, David DeNagel, Barbara Nebel, Karen Axelrad, Vadim Demjianov, Rob Pearson-Wright, Deborah McMillion, Linda Hollier, Rita C, Allyson, Tomaso Belloni, Yasuo Furue, 1968selin, Jun Yamaguchi, Clint Cline, Kat McClelland, Candice Railton, Gina Costa, Fleur Schim, before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, Gianluca Ricoveri, Kate Zari Roberts, Hanni K, Kate Zari Roberts, Barbara Braman.

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (1,010) via Instagram

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Here’s day one thousand and ten of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we select one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram, with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

Today, we congratulate @clarisse_debout with this image, entitled ‘#Spring’.

To view more of her work, please go here

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (1,009) via Instagram

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Here’s day one thousand and nine of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we select one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram, with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

Today, we congratulate @luison_street with this image, entitled ‘Carousel’.

To view more of his work, please go here

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New AirPods Are Powered by the New H1 Chip and Feature 50 Percent More Talk Time, Hands-Free “Hey Siri” and the Option of a Wireless Charging Case

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Apple today announced new AirPods, the second generation of the world’s most popular wireless headphones. AirPods revolutionised the wireless audio experience with a breakthrough design and the new AirPods build on the magical experience customers love. The new Apple-designed H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones, delivers performance efficiencies, faster connect times, more talk time and the convenience of hands-free “Hey Siri.” AirPods come with either a standard charging case or a new Wireless Charging Case for convenient charging at home and on the go. The new AirPods and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case are available to order on apple.com and the Apple Store app starting today, and in Apple Stores beginning next week.

“AirPods delivered a magical wireless experience and have become one of the most beloved products we’ve ever made. They connect easily with all of your devices, and provide crystal clear sound and intuitive, innovative control of your music and audio,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The world’s best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods. They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the convenience of a new wireless battery case.”

The new Apple-designed H1 chip features custom audio architecture to create a revolutionary audio experience and improved synchronisation. H1 allows AirPods to deliver up to 50 percent more talk time compared to first generation AirPods. Switching between devices while listening to music on iPhone, Apple Watch or iPad is more seamless than ever with two times faster connect times. For the first time, AirPods now feature the convenience of “Hey Siri” making it easier to change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions simply by saying, “Hey Siri.”

The new AirPods come with either the standard charging case or the new Wireless Charging Case. Each case holds additional charges for more than 24 hours of total listening time, ensuring AirPods are charged and ready to go whenever you are. The Wireless Charging Case is designed to offer the freedom of wireless charging with Qi-compatible charging solutions. An LED light indicator located on the front of the case conveniently shows the charge status with just a glance. Existing AirPods customers can purchase the standalone Wireless Charging Case.

Pricing and Availability

  • AirPods with standard charging case will be available for £159/$159 and are available to order on apple.com and the Apple Store app starting today, and in Apple Stores starting next week.
  • AirPods with Wireless Charging Case will be available for £199/$199 and are available to order on apple.com and the Apple Store app starting today, and in Apple Stores starting next week.
  • Customers can order the standalone Wireless Charging Case for £79/$79 on apple.com and the Apple Store app starting today, and in Apple Stores starting next week.
  • New for AirPods, customers can add a personal engraving to the AirPods with standard charging case and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for free during checkout on apple.com and the Apple Store app.

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (1,008) via Instagram

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Here’s day one thousand and eight of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we select one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram, with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

Today, we congratulate @wphotonick with this image, entitled ‘Laura, I am your mother’.

To view more of her work, please go here

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Third New Assignment Announced ‘Melancholy’ for our Forthcoming Book ‘Away with Words’

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In January we announced a brand new Assignment section to TheAppWhisperer offering an opportunity for mobile photographers and artists to enter into a monthly assignment on a subject matter that we have individually crafted. This new section is another ground breaking topic within our community. Like so many of the sections within TheAppWhisperer, this has not been done before, in this way.

Photographic images have reflected and shaped culture since the inception of the medium and this is non more so apparent than shown within mobile photography and art. The power of mobile art today is inevitably entangled with the diverse tolerances that cultures have in relation to photographs and the vast divergence within different cultures too. Over the past ten years of mobile photography and art we have all experienced great controversies in the world and still, they ensue. Mobile photography is inextricably linked to personal accountability and each member of our mobile community represents a force to relation to our continually changing cultural values, whether by challenging them or reflecting them; photography is co-creating them.

At the end of each month, we will gather the images that have been contributed and select one for an immersive critique. I will personally write this with over 1000 words. Each critique will identify the elements, contextual meaning of these elements, interpretation and conclusion. Each critique will then be published not only on TheAppWhisperer, the world’s most popular mobile photography & art website but also throughout our vast social media channels. At the end of the year, we will publish a book featuring all of these critiques. As you can appreciate each critique will take some time to create well, so we ask, if you would like to take part to donate £10 per image that you submit (there is no limit to the number of images you submit), we feel this is fair. To do this, just select the appropriate allowance at the bottom of our donation section at the end of this post.

Earlier today we published our our second chapter for this book, an essay with Valeria Cammareri’s image focused on the word ‘Identity’, if you missed that, please go here.

In January we published our first essay with an image from Rita Colantino If you missed that, please go here.

Today we are announcing our third Assignment with the topic entitled ‘Melancholy’. Creating art, photography or otherwise, is an outlet to express our emotions. This third assignment can be interpreted in your art literally or metaphorically, or any other interpretations you may draw, all entries are welcome. This assignment window will close on 20 April 2019, when we will announce the new one. To take part please send your image(s) to my email address – joanne@theappwhisperer.com and/or to Instagram with this hashtag #tawmelancholyassignment. Please send £10 per image to enter this assignment via the donation table below.

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Assignment – ‘Identity’ – Result and Second Essay with Valeria Cammareri @_soulkitchen_ for our forthcoming book – Away with Words

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With one chapter behind us, our second chapter begins to take shape for our forthcoming book ‘Away with Words’, this will be published early next year.

Our assignment’ for this chapter was ‘Identity’ and we selected Valeria Cammareri’s photograph as we feel it epitomises this subject, for our second of twelve 1000 word essays, personally written by myself.

This non fiction work merges discursive scholarship with what may be construed as personal flights of fancy. That is not to say it will disappoint, moreover I have given myself a far and wide range to delve into photography, literature, art, theory, design and music as I tease out my own offbeat associations and at the same time astutely tune into each mobile photographers key tropes and artfully deconstruct their imagery. I thus begin:

 

What are we looking at? We are looking at a colour photograph taken, we might assume on a hot summer night or evening. The image has been shot from the street with a Moment telephoto lens attached to an Apple iPhone X. A young white, slim woman is in a state of undress, in a grand building against one large window. This second or third floor window is widely open and there are full length, ceiling height, white curtains, tied back to the inner walls, on one side. There is a light on within the room. The woman is clearly visible with the glow of the lighting revealing her standing in a black silk bra with matching black knickers. She is looking at her reflection in what we may presume, as we cannot say for sure, a full length mirror. She is adjusting her long brunette hair. It is pulled back into a pony tail and she appears to be adding a ribbon to the bobble, close to the back of her head. There are clothes hanging on a rail in the background inside of the room and there is also a door inside that is wide open, leading with light.

There is an air of confidence emitting from the woman, she is not self-conscious of being viewed from the room in a state of undress. This is an image that raises questions of voyeurism and surveillance. We selected it for our Identity chapter because it also raises questions reflecting boundaries about technology too. There are moral questions to be answered here, who’s looking, how are they looking and why are they looking. Do you look, or do you look away?

 

How can this image be interpreted? Photography’, Diane Arbus once said, “was a licence to go wherever I wanted and to do what I wanted to do. I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do… when I first did it I felt very perverse.”  

We are living in a digitally driven culture, most people, at least in the West have a mobile phone, thus a camera and view themselves as photographers, of sorts. Technology, has freed us to bear witness but it has also made voyeurs of us all. It could also be said that it offers fresh ways of satisfying our desire for a ‘secret glimpse’. The internet is overloaded with images far more explicit than this, we are all just a click away from an image that may shock, repel or intensely and intimately please us. Susan Sontag, in her book ‘On Photography’, in 1977, said of  the volume of imagery and ease of access to it, ‘once one has seen such images, one has started down the road of seeing more – and more. Images transfix. Images anaesthetise’. Of course, this is true, not least in relation to sexually explicit imagery, it is a vexed issue.

When viewing sexually explicit images does it make us complicit in their production? In the United Kingdom we considered photographer Bob Carlos Clarke our answer to the German/Australian photographer, Helmut Newton. I met the former many years and ago and the passion emitting from his being stayed with me, one of the most awoke men I have met, a thrilling ally.  I loved his personal style as well as his style of photography. Clarke’s images of women were erotic, long before they were popularised on the internet or elsewhere. Clarke would have loved this image of Cammareri’s except, he would not be in the street below. He would have been in the room with this woman. He would have  dressed at least half of her body in rubber and positioned her in a seductive position, thus directing the entire photograph, to his vision. This photograph and the initiation of capture are different, Cammareri has possibly chanced upon this image and seized this shot, unawares.

This photograph is not about sex but it is a question of identity at least in the broadest terms of identity.  Advertising brands in 2019 are presenting realistic depictions of women. Since ‘#metoo’ imagery in advertising has harboured a paramount role. Imagery works on an unconscious level, reinforcing our conceptions around identity. Seven years ago, Getty Images launched a collection of images in partnership with LeanIn.org, the women’s empowerment platform set up by Sheryl Sandberg. This collection devotes itself to the powerful depiction of women in contemporary work and life. It demands that modern women need to be portrayed realistically and these images need to be easily accessible and available to be used.  Perception is slowly changing.

I am not surmising that Cammareri is envisaging an advertising campaign here but what I am taking into account is that this image offers a nuanced view of women’s lives today. Pointedly, the woman in this photograph, is an actress, or perhaps an opera singer, maybe a professional dancer and she has returned to her dressing room to change for the next scene. This photograph is not erotic in the same sense of a Bob Carlos Clarke photograph, it is though, an image depicting a modern young woman today and as are all we are aware, imagery is the driving force that is shaping the world as we know it. It is crucially important to view evolving portrayals of life’s choices and to celebrate diversity, both from the model’s perspective, as well as the photographer taking the image.

Valeria Cammareri is a female photographer and her image has escalated the challenge of ‘Identity’ that we assigned. Judith Kegan Gardiner writes in ‘The University of Chicago Press Journals’, “The word ‘identity’ is paradoxical in itself, meaning both sameness and distinctiveness, and its contradictions proliferate when it is applied to women”. In the book ‘Reinventing Womanhood’, the author Carolyn Heilbrun illustrates the confusion, “successful women are ‘male-identified’ but that it is a ‘failure’ for a ‘woman to take her identity from her man” she says. Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar’s book, that happens to be one that I treasure and is always to hand, entitled ‘The Madwoman in the Attic’ find ‘the woman’s quest for self-definition’ the underlying plot of nineteenth century writing by women”.

We have a paradoxical fascination with identity, in terms of photography, we’re still confused as to whether we’re supposed to open or close our eyes to its prurient explorations of voyeurism, which in many ways, serve to distract rather than focus our attention. We have a strong desire to connect with strangers, to see them to record our vision, however thoughtfully we do this, the underlying subtext will always remain controversial. 

 

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (1,007) via Instagram

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Here’s day one thousand and seven of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via Instagram. Each day we select one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram, with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

Today, we congratulate @basakaytek – Basak Aytek with this image, entitled ‘Kafamda bir tuhaflık var!

To view more of her work, please go here

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All-New iPad Air and iPad mini Deliver Dramatic Power and Capability

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10.5-Inch iPad Air Offers High-End Features and Performance at a Breakthrough Price

7.9-Inch iPad mini Brings Apple Pencil Support, Advanced Retina Display and the A12 Bionic Chip to a Beloved Design

Apple today introduced the all-new iPad Air in an ultra-thin 10.5-inch design, offering the latest innovations including Apple Pencil1  support and high-end performance at a breakthrough price. With the A12 Bionic chip with Apple’s Neural Engine, the new iPad Air delivers a 70 percent boost in performance and twice the graphics capability, and the advanced Retina display with True Tone technology is nearly 20 percent larger with over half a million more pixels.2

Apple today also introduced the new 7.9-inch iPad mini, a major upgrade for iPad mini fans who love a compact, ultra-portable design packed with the latest technology. With the A12 Bionic chip, the new iPad mini is a powerful multi-tasking machine, delivering three times the performance and nine times faster graphics.3 The advanced Retina display with True Tone technology and wide colour support is 25 percent brighter3  and has the highest pixel density of any iPad, delivering an immersive visual experience in any setting. And with Apple Pencil1 support, the new iPad mini is the perfect take-anywhere notepad for sketching and jotting down thoughts on the go. The new iPads are available to order starting today and in stores next week.

“The iPad continues to provide magical new experiences for a growing range of uses where it is the absolute best device, from playing games in augmented reality to note-taking and drawing with Apple Pencil, from streaming HD movies and editing 4K films to learning to develop apps with Swift Playgrounds,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Today the iPad family takes two big leaps forward with an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Air that brings high-end size, features and performance at a breakthrough price, and a major upgrade to the 7.9-inch iPad mini, which also brings Apple Pencil, Retina display and the A12 Bionic chip to the many customers that love its compact size.”

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