Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr/Instagram Group Showcase – 8 December 2019

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The life of an artist encompasses many avenues, one perhaps that I am frequently reminded of is the need for solitude, to create. French philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre said ‘hell is other people‘. Sometimes I agree, sometimes I disagree with this sentiment, like many, it depends on the company. Orson Welles said ‘we’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone’,  I disagree, I was fully present when my three children were born, I’ve never lived alone and nor would wish to and I’d be surprised if I die alone. I have experienced a death of a loved one, who died alone but many of the deaths I have experienced, have had company. There’s a difference between the feeling of solitude and the feeling of loneliness. The former is a luxury, one where we enjoy our own company, where we can create with all abandon. Loneliness can be an exhaustion. Professor John Cacioppo has been studying the effects and causes of loneliness for 21 years. He is the director of the University of Chicago’s Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience. His book Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection examines the pathology and public health implications of the subject. In this very interesting book in answer to the following question he raised, “How many confidants do you have?”, he discovered “25% of Americans said they had no one at all”. This is a sad figure, but is one confidant enough to change brain chemistry if it is a quality connection? Professor Cacioppo explains Enough is always a hard term, but certainly one is hugely better than zero. Two is probably better than one. The true answer to this question is that it depends on context. If, to take an extreme example, you are in a state of war, then one probably isn’t enough – you need a small army of people around you”. In the UK, in 2018, the first Minister of Loneliness, Tracey Crouch was appointed, we have an epidemic due not less to the breakdown of communities and connections.  Cacioppo also disclosed that loneliness is contagious and leads to early death. It’s so important to de-stigmatise loneliness and we would love to see a mobile photography project devoted to it. At this time of year, with the holidays upon us, many people feel lonelier than ever. If you would like to create a project of loneliness, we will feature them, join us to help prevent social isolation. Please send a series of 12-15 images to this email address – joannetheappwhisperer@protonmail.com and please include narration.

I hope you all love this weeks mobile photography and art showcases much as I do. 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 #theappwhisperer.

Deborah McMillion, Juta Jazz, Tomaso Belloni, Hanni K, Clint Cline, jim yoksimovich, Gianluca Ricoveri, Oola Cristina, Jerry Clack, Susan Rennie, p.a. hamel, Rita Colantonio, Cintia Malhotra, Scott Simpson, Lorenka Campos, Karen Axelrad, qingxian guo, Jun Yamaguchi, Catherine Caddigan, TheiPhoneArtGirl – Meri Walker,  G R Fotos, jilllian2 – Jill Lian, Peter Wilkin, Sailisa Li, Mark Swanson, Cathrine Halsor, Laila, borisbschulz2009, Mikhail Grebenshchikov, marc gommans, Sebastian Burczyk, Manfred Major, TSOriginaux, Fleur Schim, Kathy Clay, Phil Harris, Judy Wahlberg, Lydia Cassatt, Jane Schultz, Heather McAlister, VeraJane Vickers, soul_engine, Mehmet  Duyulmus, Susan Latty, mitrydate, Jean Hutter, @tankaqueen – Alexis Rotella, Diane Neubauer, @tatteredphotographs – Kim Clayton, Eliza Badoiu, Rejane Rubino, @stillcindyjane, nielsb, Joy Sussmann, ja_graham, Chehalis Hegner, @clau_clara, @klimtt – M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, @alban_rita, em.visualartist – Eduardo Marques, @alice1280, Filiz Ak, Marian Rubin, Fernando Prats, bartonsup, Derrick O Boateng.

Music this week is CLANN with ‘I Hold You’

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (1,161) via Instagram

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Here’s day one thousand, one hundred and sixty one 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 @hipstanitaelle – Anita Elle, from Paris, France with this beautiful image.

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Mobile Photogrpraphy & Art – Saturday Poetry ‘A Walk Round the Park’ by Sandra Lim with Milena Mastandrea @mirea17

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This weeks Saturday Poetry, matched with mobile photography/art is entitled ‘A Walk Round the Park’ by Sandra Lim. She is the author of The Wilderness (W. W. Norton, 2014), selected by Louise Glück for the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and a previous collection of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press, 2006). She is an associate professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“This is one of a series of love poems that are a part of a larger manuscript about desire and reckoning. There’s something about a love affair that makes you decide you’re going to see things through for the sake of language, even if you think you’re doing it for love. I like the part in the aftermath where you can set aside the tears and start figuring out the problem; it’s an intellectual pleasure,” explains Lim.

I have matched this image by @mirea17 – Milena Mastandrea with this poem. You can follow her 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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Spotlight on Mobile Photographer – @jone.reed – Joné Reed

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Joné Reed is a London based photographer. Her instagram account is mainly focused on portraiture, primarily sequences of dark and grainy shots, playing out like a movie but also intertwined with colour imagery, laying bare a story of intimacy. Allowing the viewer to observe the relationships between her subjects, depicting family members with all the complexity that that brings. We view emotional discoveries, moments of calm and deepness, quiet and introspection. This is more than a personal visual diary, Reed realised she was giving shape to her own childhood memories and at the same time portraying generations evolving over time, on connected poetic and tender journey.

Jone Réed explains in her own words “I’ve started using photography as a medium to liberate myself of some personal daemons when I was younger –  there was a vacuum to be filled and photography became some sort of a life buoy and now its something that partly defines me as a human being.

Image making allows me to visually talk to people without words  showing the small glimpse of my universe through a very personal perspective and most importantly enables me to create lovely memories of and for my children…”

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Mobile Photography Intimate Interview with Amado Ergana from Ethiopia, Africa

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Our ninetieth interview in this series of intimate interviews is with talented photographer and artist Amado Ergana from Ethiopia, Africa. You may know Ergana’s imagery from his popular Instagram account @ergana.amado. Ergana’s photography epitomises the craft of light and shadow, of course the former defining the meaning of photography. The Ethiopian light itself plays a … Read more Mobile Photography Intimate Interview with Amado Ergana from Ethiopia, Africa

Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (1,160) via Instagram

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Here’s day one thousand, one hundred and sixty 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 @jenburnett – with this stunning image, entitled ‘Sheikh Zayed Mosque’.

To view more of her work, please go here.

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (1,159) via Instagram

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Here’s day one thousand, one hundred and fifty 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.

Today, we congratulate @Imgdonahue – Lou Ann Donahue with this stunning image, untitled.

To view more of her work, please go here.

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Mobile Photography Intimate Interview with Mary Lorincz from Walnut Creek, California, United States

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Our eighty ninth interview in this series of intimate interviews is with talented photographer and artist Mary Lorincz from Walnut Creek, California, United States. You may know Lorincz from her popular Instagram account @ms.divination. For Lorincz taking the photograph is only half the work. I imagine that she spends the same, if not more time on her post processing. Within her portraiture she loves deep and extensive areas of sepia and or black and in some cases the background is minimised or eliminated entirely to give greater emphasis to the sitter’s face. Some of the faces are also masked though as if concealment offers a new perspective to humanity, perhaps humanity is what we see. Enjoy!

To read the other published interviews in this series including artists, Adria Ellis, Rino Rossi, Mehmet Duyulmus, Alexis Rotella, Lou Ann Sanford Donahue, Irene Oleksiuk, Kerry MitchellFiliz Ak, Dale Botha, M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, Deborah McMillion, Rita Colantonio, Amy Ecenbarger, Jane Schultz, Anca Balaj, Joyce Harkin, Armineh Hovanesian, Kate Zari Roberts, Vicki CooperPeter Wilkin, Barbara Braman, Becky Menzies, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Sarah Bichachi, Michel Pretterklieber, Alon Goldsmith, Judy Lurie Wahlberg, Andrea Bigiarini, Sean Hayes, Oola Cristina, Kathleen Magner-Rios Linda Toki, Deb Field, Emilo Nadales, Lydia Cassatt, David Hayes, Jean Hutter, Frederic Deschênes, Mark SchnidmanFatma Korkut, Fleur Schim, Rob Pearson-Wright, Dieter Gaebel, James Ellis, Marco P Prado, Jeronimo Sanz, Manuela Matos Monteiro, Bleu Chemiko, Manuela Basaldella, Stefania Piccioni, Luis Rodríguez, Marilisa Andriani (@mitrydate) Mayte Balcells (@artofmayte), Nicole Christophe, Jennifer GrahamCathrine Halsør Paul Toussaint, Carol Wiebe, Julie Denning, Kim Clayton (@berleyart), Karen MessickSerap Utaş, MaryJane Rosenfeld, Paul Suciu, Susan Latty (@pause.and.breathe),John Nieto, Phyllis Shenny, Joy Barry, Max Lies Derdonk, Rita Tipunina, Violet Martins, Nizzar Ben Chekroune, Lynette Sheppard, Paul-Andre Hamel, Rejane Rubino, Susan Detroy, Rosalie Heller, Wayman Stairs, Cintia Malhotra, Anita Elle, Juta Jazz, Cheryl Tarrant, Hanni König   Kaoru Shintaku David Gilbert Jana Curcio and myselfgo here.

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How to Expand Your Photography Businesses  

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Many entrepreneurs in the photography industry focus their attention on starting up their business and receiving work within the first year of their business opening. However, it is just as important to prioritize growth once your photography business has started to become successful. You can do this by following a few key steps in order … Read more How to Expand Your Photography Businesses  

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