Mobile Photography & Art – ‘Hope in Adversity Interview’ with Fleur Schim from from Leucadia, California, United States

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I am currently shielding for twelve weeks and in my home, we have all had to make adaptions to adjust to this pandemic, although, at least, currently, we are all well. I’ve been recalling many of the good words our dear friend and talented artist Carolyn Hall Young shared with us, not least ‘in any given situation we can always choose, hope over fear‘ – let’s all choose hope.

I am aware there are many others also in a similar situation at the moment and I felt it would be a good idea to create an interview, reflecting these times with stunning imagery. This is a new series of interview with mobile photographers and artists discovering what they’re creating and how in these difficult times. Our fifteenth interview is with talented mobile photographer, Fleur Schim from California, United States.  This is an interview that embraces the natural resources of nature itself. It’s an example of what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku which translates to ‘forest bathing’. There are a host of psychophysiological benefits to be gained from merely being, passively, in natural versus urban settings. Enjoy!

To read others in this series of interviews with Jill Lian, Vicki Cooper, Gerry Coe, Sarah Bichachi, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Phyllis Shenny, Alisa Smith Williams, Joy Barry, Ile Mont, Peter Wilkin, Fiona Christian and Susan Latty, please follow this link

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (1,235) via Instagram

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Here’s day one thousand, two hundred and thirty five 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.

Today, we congratulate @manuela_matos_monteiro – Manuela Matos Monteiro with this image entitled ‘Havana Cuba : Malecon’.

To follow her on Instagram, please go here.

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Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr/Instagram Group Showcase – 5 April 2020

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Influenced by Susan Sontag, Maggie Nelson and Elaine Scarry, ‘The Art of the Body’ by Alexander Allison has perhaps been my fastest read yet. Not that there’s any race with reading, but sometimes, it’s so impossible for me to put a book down, that even when making dinner, I’ll prop a book open and this is what happened to me during this further week of lock down 2020. ‘The Art of the Body’ is a book about a woman, Janet, who cares a lot. She cares about what people think of her, she cares about the opportunities she’s wasted, she cares about the hurt she’s caused. But Janet is also paid to care – she’s responsible for the welfare of Sean, a young artist, living and working with Cerebral Palsy. The story explores dignity and art through an intimate examination of bodies at their most vulnerable. It’s a tale of all that really matters, the relationship between art and the body, becoming intimate with a body in a non sexual way, at times it’s an uncomfortable read but it’s so finely written and so resonant now. Sometimes, as artists, when our brief is so specifically limited, the art that we create becomes immensely affecting, so deft and the ultimate release. Whether you’re disabled or able bodied, art is a life-changer. Stay well, stay safe, stay at home.

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.

mitrydate, @iamerikabrown, @robertamitchel9675, @klimtt – M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, @remintrusions – Damian De Souza, @dinalf – Dina Alfasi, @nat.viola, @rodolfo.alcaraz, @claretaylor_ct, Filiz At, Jane Schultz, Susan Latty, Eliza Badoiu, Jennifer Graham, Ece Mizrakci, Janis Brandenburg, Jennifer Bracewell, be23mo, @artistunvield, Rita Colantonio, Kathy Clay, @anandamoy chatterji, Jun Yamaguchi, Lorenka Campos, Marguerite Khoury, Clint Cline, Lindy Ginn, Deborah McMillion, Vadim Demjianov, Karen Axelrad, Erik Viggh, Laila, Meri Walker, Gianluca Ricoveri, Judy Wahlberg, Chris Feichtner, Susan Rennie, Oola Cristina, Catherine Caddigan.

Music this week is ‘Don’t leave home’ by Dido

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Mobile Photography & Art – Saturday Poetry ‘Kindness’ by Naomi Shihab Nye with Jeroen Hendriks

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This weeks Saturday Poetry, matched with mobile photography/art is entitled ‘Kindness’ by Naomi Shihab Nye and I felt this was the perfect poem today, post birthday. I received a huge amount of birthday wishes, artwork and personal messages from all around the world yesterday and I have still not read them all, I savour them. My overwhelming feeling was of the kindness of everyone who took the time and trouble to communicate with me, about something so relatively trivial as my birthday, in relation to the devastation of the world in which we are currently living. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I think you’ll all really enjoy this poem and the corresponding matched artwork.

Naomi Shihab Nye was born on March 12, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri, to a Palestinian father and an American mother. During her high school years, she lived in Ramallah in Palestine, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas, where she later received her BA in English and world religions from Trinity University.

Nye is the author of numerous books of poems, most recently Cast Away: Poems for Our Time (Greenwillow Books, 2020.) Her other books of poetry include The Tiny Journalist (BOA Editions, 2019); Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners (Greenwillow Books, 2018); Transfer (BOA Editions, 2011); You and Yours (BOA Editions, 2005), which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award; and 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East (Greenwillow Books, 2002), a collection of new and selected poems about the Middle East.

She is also the author of several books of poetry and fiction for children, including Habibi (Simon Pulse, 1997), for which she received the Jane Addams Children’s Book award in 1998.

Naomi Shihab Nye gives voice to her experience as an Arab-American through poems about heritage and peace that overflow with a humanitarian spirit. About her work, the poet William Stafford has said, “her poems combine transcendent liveliness and sparkle along with warmth and human insight. She is a champion of the literature of encouragement and heart. Reading her work enhances life.”

I have selected this image by @hendrinua – Jeroen Hendriks as it represents the kindness of nature, heavy with blossom. You can follow him on Instagram, here.

If you would like to be featured in our Saturday Poetry section, please ensure you include the hashtag #theappwhisperer to any images posted to Instagram. This will mean we will be able to consider it.

To view the others we have published in this section, go here.

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (1,234) via Instagram

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Here’s day one thousand, two hundred and thirty four 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.

Today, we congratulate @ja_graham – Jennifer Graham with this image entitled “What use cities have for us? Their greatest use is to make us to realise the beauties of the rural life!”~ Mehmet Murat ildan’.

To follow her on Instagram, please go here.

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Mobile Photography – App of the Day – GIVEAWAY – Affinity Designer for iPad worth $19.99

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Stuck at home because of Coronavirus, look no further than TheAppWhisperer.com to keep you inspired, we’ve got you. We’re working with the very best app developers to ensure we have a constant supply of apps to share with you during this unprecedented period and to keep your spirits up. Would you like a code for Affinity Designer? It’s built with input from some of the world’s leading designers and based on Apple Design award-winning technology, Affinity Designer for iPad takes all the power and precision of our outstanding professional graphic design desktop app and converts it into a stunning immersive experience. It has everything you need to create stunning illustrations, branding, icons, UI/UX designs, print projects, typography, concept art and much more – all completely free from the confines of your desk.

Would you like a code to try it out for yourself? Please like us on Facebook here and Instagram here then post a comment to this post (so we can obtain your email address). All winners are selected at random.

Requires iOS 11.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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Affinity Photo – ‘100 Days. 100 Commissions.’ Serif announces details of COVID-19 support project

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We mentioned news of this fabulous opportunity last week and said we’d update you when we heard more, now we can.  Serif, developer of Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher, has announced more information about how it will buy work from 100 contributors as part of efforts to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the creative industry.

It’s one of three measures aimed at helping photographers, designers, artists and other creatives affected by the global pandemic.

Serif is putting the equivalent of a year’s commissioning spend into ‘100 Days. 100 Commissions’ in the next three months. And the focus will be on using existing projects from creatives, rather than calling for them to create new work on spec.

Serif Managing Director Ashley Hewson says: “The big principle is that we’re not asking people to put effort into creating new work to pitch according to a tight brief.

“We’re always looking for real-world projects that have been created in Affinity apps and we know many people would have been working on briefs that have just been cancelled. Alternatively they may have unused projects or even something just done for fun.

“That’s the sort of work we’re looking to license, so contributors don’t waste time and effort preparing new work to pitch (unless they really want to) and might even get paid for something that’s been cancelled by a client.”

Examples Serif is keen to see include, but are not limited to:

·         Print documents made in Affinity Publisher such as flyers, brochures, magazines, reports and book layouts

·         Illustrations, graphic and UI design projects made in Affinity Designer, including website or app layouts, icons, logos and packaging

·         Projects created in Affinity Photo such as portrait retouching, compositions, focus stacking, astrophotography, panoramas, HDR, fashion and product photography.

Applications must be submitted by 20 April and are restricted to one project per entrant. For further details go to https://affin.co/WeWantToHelp.

Serif is also allowing anyone to use its creative app suite on Mac or Windows PC for 90 days free of charge, with no obligation. There’s also a 50% discount for users who would rather buy and keep the apps, including iPad versions, for a one-off price with no subscription.

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Mobile Photography & Art – ‘Hope in Adversity Interview’ with Fiona Christian, from East Sussex, England, UK

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I am currently shielding for twelve weeks and in my home, we have all had to make adaptions to adjust to this pandemic, although, at least, currently, we are all well. I’ve been recalling many of the good words our dear friend and talented artist Carolyn Hall Young shared with us, not least ‘in any given situation we can always choose, hope over fear‘ – let’s all choose hope.

I am aware there are many others also in a similar situation at the moment and I felt it would be a good idea to create an interview, reflecting these times with stunning imagery. This is a new series of interview with mobile photographers and artists discovering what they’re creating and how in these difficult times. Our fourteenth interview is with talented mobile photographer, Fiona Christian from East Sussex, England, UK.  She reminds us that if we cling to hope whilst living in the unknown we can in some ways defy the destruction and suffering that is going on around us. It helped me to recall a quote by Patrisse Cullors, one of the founders of Black Lives Matter, spoken in an entirely different time and context “provide hope and inspiration for collective action to build collective power to achieve collective transformation, rooted in grief and rage but pointed towards vision and dreams”. I feel it’s also as relevant to what we’re all dealing with now and how we at TheAppWhisperer continue to acknowledge hope and grief and continue to strive to support each and everyone one of you. Enjoy!

To read others in this series of interviews with Jill Lian, Vicki Cooper, Gerry Coe, Sarah Bichachi, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Phyllis Shenny, Alisa Smith Williams, Joy Barry, Ile Mont, Peter Wilkin and Susan Latty, please follow this link

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Mobile Photography and Art Interview – Hope In Adversity Interview with Sukru Memet Omur from Paris, France

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I am currently shielding for twelve weeks and in my home, we have all had to make adaptions to adjust to this pandemic, although, at least, currently, we are all well. I’ve been recalling many of the good words our dear friend and talented artist Carolyn Hall Young shared with us, not least ‘in any given situation we can always choose, hope over fear‘ – let’s all choose hope.

I am aware there are many others also in a similar situation at the moment and I felt it would be a good idea to create an interview, reflecting these times with stunning imagery. This is a new series of interview with mobile photographers and artists discovering what they’re creating and how in these difficult times. Our thirteenth interview is with talented mobile photographer, Sukru Mehmet Omur originally from Turkey and now based in Paris, France. Omur trained and worked as a Doctor previously and offers his advice to all during this pandemic. Enjoy!

To read others in this series of interviews with Jill Lian, Vicki Cooper, Gerry Coe, Sarah Bichachi, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Phyllis Shenny, Alisa Smith Williams, Joy Barry, Ile Mont, Peter Wilkin and Susan Latty, please follow this link

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Mobile Photography – App of the Day – Affinity Photo for iPad worth $19.99 – Repeated!!!

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Stuck at home because of Coronavirus? Look no further than TheAppWhisperer.com to keep you inspired, we’ve got you. We’re working with the very best app developers to ensure we have a constant supply of apps to share with you during this unprecedented period and to keep your spirits up. Would you like a code for Affinity Photo? We recently ran this giveaway but if you were unlucky enough not to receive a code, then please enter today, as we’ve got more to giveaway!

Affinity Photo for iPad offers an incredibly fast, powerful and immersive experience whether you are at home, in the studio, or on the move. With meticulous attention to detail, each tool, panel and control has been completely reimagined for touch, and all rendering, adjustments, brushes and filters have been fully hardware-accelerated using Metal. The result is a genuine desktop-grade, professional photo editing app that provides an all-new way to interact with your images, without any compromise.

We recently featured Affinity Photo within our Top 10 Mobile Photography Apps 2020, if you missed that, go here.

Would you like a code to try it out for yourself? Please like us on Facebook here and Instagram here then post a comment to this post (so we can obtain your email address). All winners are selected at random.

Requires iOS 11.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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