Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr/Instagram Group Showcase – 19 May 2019

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“Few travelled in these days, for, thanks to the advance of science, the earth was exactly alike all over. Rapid intercourse, from which the previous civilization had hoped so much, had ended by defeating itself. What was the good of going to Peking when it was just like Shrewsbury? Why return to Shrewsbury when it would all be like Peking? Men seldom moved their bodies; all unrest was concentrated in the soul.” ―E.M. Forster, The Machine Stops and the first book that I immediately reread thrice, when I was thirteen. It was the first book that interrupted my thought processes enough to relieve me of outside pressures. It was transient, like a mediation. Today, several new books have been released along an albeit more modern but similar vein. I am thinking of Frankisstein by Jeanette Winterson, author of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. As well as Ian McEwan’s ‘Machines Like Me’ new release, set in 1982. This counterfactual novel sees Argentinian end the war abruptly with the Falklands becoming Las Malvinas. McEwan introduces an £86k male robot designed by Alan Turing, who in this book, has not been hounded to death for his homosexuality but instead, lauded for his technological breakthroughs. Of course it’s speculative fiction but the complexity is as disturbing as it is intelligent.

During an interview with Lisa Allardice for The Guardian, in a smart London restaurant last week, Winterson concedes, (in response to the Allardice’s statement that creating this novel (Frankisstein) would have taken her down some unlikely digital paths).“I did worry about that. Watching guys have sex with bots, female sex dolls start at around $2,000 for a really crap one”, she said, and it was no surprise to learn that they are “entirely fantasy. They’ve got huge tits and small waists and long legs, but of course what they haven’t got, and never will have, is a clitoris. They don’t have to worry about that!”

It’s interesting to me how the current crop of writing that is very much in vogue is AI based, much like mobile photography and art. Both arts mirror the trends. While the Machine Stops, represented a sci fi fantasy and immense treasured escape from my living reality, now at 50, Winterson and McEwan, along with the AI of smartphone visualisation represent, our new reality, and are the forces driving the process. Today, this mutual cultural presence is the next revolution, it is not just present within photography, it is reaching all arts. In 2015 Taylor Davidson, for Time magazine, described the camera of the future as an app, “a software rather than a device that compiles data from multiple sensors. The smartphone’s microphone, gyroscope, accelerometer, thermometer and other sensors all contribute data as needed by whatever app calls on it and combines it with the visual data”. Stephen Mayes, went on to contribute “and still that’s not the limit on what is already bundled with our digital imagery. Our instruments are connected to satellites that contribute GPS data while connecting us to the Internet that links our data to all the publicly available information of Wikipedia, Google and countless other resources that know where we are, who was there before us and the associated economic, social and political activity”.

This is the life we now live, we need to ensure we flesh out, some of the moral dilemmas within the drama of everyday life and remember what makes us human. We need no one to write us an algorithm for how to treat others and how to live well, although some humans, may be all the better for it.

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.

Poetic Medium, Jun Yamaguchi, David DeNagel, Caren Drysdale, Deborah McMillion, Art Noonan, Lydia Cassatt, Laila, Karen Axelrad, Eduardo Llerandi, jilllian2 – Jill Lian, Chris Montcalmo, Vladislav Niko, Paul Toussaint, Nick Kenrick, Rita Colantonio, Vadim Demjianov, Allyson Marie, before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, borsbschulz2009, Kat McClelland, Susan Detroy, Amo Passicos, Kerry Mitchell, Will Reyes, Susan Rennie, Gianluca Ricoveri, Kate Zari Roberts, Debara Splendorio, Ralf Mauvog, Peter Wilkin, Rob Pearson-Wright, Clint Cline, TheiPhoneArtGirl – Meri Walker, Rita Colantonio, Catherine Caddigan, p.a.hamel, Jormain Cady.

Music this week is ‘As the Mist Clears’©Salt of the Sound

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Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr Group Showcase – 29 April 2018

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It has been said (‘Teenagers: A Natural History’: David Bainbridge, 2010) that teenage years are to develop the brain and as such they are the greatest achievement of evolution – the point where all that is special about our species comes into play. For parents of teenagers, it’s our job to look after them while they are incubating their extraordinary craniums. “Adolescence is the reason we live so long, long, long,” says Bainbridge. “Human longevity has evolved because we need to bring up our intensely supported, slowly developing offspring.” And that’s of course intensely important, being a parent at this stage is a constant negotiation between keeping them safe and letting them go. It’s about balance as in life as in art. We all need to trust, It’s fierce trust, it demands you put forth your work, without knowing an outcome because fierce trust knows that the outcome does not matter, it cannot matter. Keep sharing your work, each one of you reading this was born to create. Ask yourself, how fierce is your trust in that love? Keep creating, keep viewing, it’s our labour of love.

Thank you to all artists for submitting your works. 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.

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

vale83, jun yamaguchi, Jillian2 – Jill LIan, Catherine Caddigan, Valeria Cammareri, TheiPhoneArtGirl – Meri Walker, Candice Railton, carlein, Luison – Lrh, Kate Zari Roberts, Em Kachouro, Valeria Cammareri, Ralf Mauyog, Das Nicholls, Alan Kastner, Tam Spires, Juta Jazz, Ayllin Argun, Lorenka Campos, Joseph Cyr, Gianluca Ricoveri, borisbschulz2009, Clint Cline, Sheldon Serkin, Art Noonan, Gabriele Rodriquez, Milly M, Gina Costa, p.a. hamel, Marianne Rieter, Karen Axelrad, Jenneke Tesselaar, Barbara Nebel, Sergiy Beliayev, Lawrence Lazare, Tomaso Belloni, Michael Brunsfeld.

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Mobile Photography & Art Flickr Group Showcase – 20 November 2016

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“My favourite thing,” Diane Arbus once said, “is to go where I’ve never been.” Many of us knowing a thing or two about Arbus, realise she was not only talking about her photography but also her private life, no less her prolonged and incestuous relationship with her older brother. This weeks mobile Photography and Art Flickr Group Showcase, will ensure you travel to a place you have never been. This is a showcase of dramatic compositions and stark contrasts, interwoven with some of the mosts powerful mobile portraits ever made.

Enjoy!

If you would like your work to be considered for entry into our weekly Mobile Photography and Art flickr group, please submit it to our dedicated group, here. If you would like to view our previous Flickr Group Showcases (please go here).

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

Waldemar Błażej Nowak, Franceso Sambati, Karen Axelrad, Candice Railton, Donna Donato, Roger Guetta, Nicolas Xanthos, Sheldon Serkin, Ryan Vaarsi, Jill Lian, Nick Kenrick , Joe AI, Damian De Souza, Liliana Schwitter, Lou Liuzzi, Luison – Lrh, Carolyn Hall Young, Joshua Sarinana, Tracey, Rad Drew, Allyson Marie, Kathryn Johnson, Cecily Mariece Caceu, karma o – Christine O’Sobczak, Tuba, Lorenka Campos, Basak Aytek, Eliza Badoiu, Dominque Torrent, Gianluca Ricoveri, Francesco x, Rene Valencia, David Hayes, Clint Cline, Art Noonan, Julia Nathanson, Robin Robertis, Chad Rankin, before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, Susan Rennie, Sandra Becker, Ioannis Sidiropoulos.

Music this week is by Landon Austin – ‘The Best Part of Me’

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