Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr/Instagram Group Showcase – 20 October 2019

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This week it was my husband’s birthday (and excuse me but I have to interject within this sentence as ‘husband’ just sounds such a formal a title to give to a man who has and continues to sustain our romantic union on the basis of deep mutual trust and desire, so forever and into the future when I mention him, I will refer to him as the ‘brunette’; it amazes me, like his mother, despite the gravity of time, he has not one grey hair, so my brunette he is), and as with each recurring birthday year, at least for the past 24, it almost always coincides with Lee Child’s latest novel being released. Child is so systematic with his writing schedule, that each October he drops another. I haven’t purchased it this year, our eldest son has pre-ordered it for him and will continue the tradition as I’ve stepped up to offer other gifts. But, no matter what I give, I know, the brunette loves nothing more than settling down, very close to me, one hand on my thigh, the other holding Lee Child’s latest novel.  I think it’s Jack Reacher’s 6ft 5in, 250lb former US army military policeman that offers him all the fantasy he needs, or so it appears. Reacher is a loner, a wanderer, after leaving the army, he’s never settled into a normal life. There are similarities I can see, there’s no one that would ever accuse us of living a ‘normal’ life, it’s just not. But, saying that, I have to say the brunette normally carries more than a toothbrush when he lives the house. It has been said that there are many women that love Child’s books too, including leading academics. It’s interesting to me, to ponder what they crave, apparently, for some, it is his formal passages. Simple words but strung with a real mastery of rhythm, nothing complicated. His landscape visions in dusty American nowhere-towns also get some women swooning. Of course, we can’t be forgetting that Reacher is the perfect archetypal hero, the handsome stranger in town that avenges the wrongs.  This years offering ‘Blue Moon’ apparently turns on male agression towards women and sexual exploitation, it’s seen as a female revenge drama. ( I’ve picked up that cue in the song title to this weeks mobile photography and art showcase, you’ll hear me, listen closely) . So, I’ll be reading it as soon as my guy hands it over. And despite Jack Reacher being a female sexual fantasy so…I’ve heard, I think I’ll stick with the real thing, the birthday boy does it for me…

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.

rain.is.poetry, Lydia Cassatt, Filiz Ak, Anca Balaj, Anastasia Potekhina – @nassavva, @ja_graham – Jennifer Graham, Peter Wilkin, @marshadraws, @kimmartinodiaz – Kim Martino, @ipiotrxs, Ile Mont, @john_nieto, @berlewenjolixor, @to_be – Tuba, Emilio Nadales, Laurie Amerson – @laamerson, @pause.and.breathe – Susan Latty, @patragraphy, @clau_clara, @theartofmayte – Mayte artist, @schwitter.li – Liliana Schwitter, @lorenka – Lorenka Campos, @sandralbmartins – Violet Martins, @effe5, @jenvoigt – Jenny, @marymodale, Jane Schultz – @before.1st.light, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Robin Robertis, @tatteredphotograph, @hipstanitaelle, @klimtt – M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, Deborah McMillion, Clint Cline, Catherine Caddigan, Rita Colantonio, Andy Alexandre, Judy Wahlberg, Damian De Souza, Susan Blase, Linda Hollier, Tomaso Belloni, jilllian2 – Jill Lian.

Music this week is ‘Read all about it’ by Emile Sande – another of my favourite British singer/songwriters

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Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr/Instagram Group Showcase – 28 July 2019

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Would you like a cappuccino?‘ the early morning shadow, prickly with dark stubble, leans over, breathes into my ear bushing my lips.  I am asked the same question in the same way, every single morning and still I tingle.  The answer is always the same, ‘yes, please, x 3‘ . And so the narrative begins, bringing together two lives, in an emotional and intense drama. We have been in love for many years and each day we develop new neural pathways to ensure we keep meandering along in the present, not only with passion and compassion but also with love and humanity. We are promiscuous observers of photography and art, there’s not a day that goes by without our minds deeply conjoined within imagery.  I think in pictures and when I play back yesterday, before rising, sometimes I am insouciant but the relief of being loved so intensely is ultimately fulfilling, what’s not to love about passionate love? Fortunately, love is abundant and grows and extends to others. When I view the stunning mobile photography and art that has been contributed to our Flickr and Instagram groups my heart grows. Take a look this weeks showcase, yours will too. Enjoy.

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.

jagraham, Laurence Bouchard, Eliza Badoiu, Marshadraws- Marsha Estes, Oola Cristina, ilemusi – Ile Mont, Fleur Schim, Fichristian – Fiona Christian, wmson2000_art – J Williamson, @badgrowshop, @lorenka – Lorenka Campos, @jormain – Jormain Cady, @vadqcooper – Vicki Cooper, @hipstanitaelle – Anita Ellis, @rejanerubino – Rejane Rubino, @ricardas.jarmalavicius – Ricardas Jarmalavicius, @elizabadoiu – Eliza Badoiu, Jane Schultz – before.1st.light, Susan Rennie, Paul Toussaint, Susan Maxwell Schmidt, Tomaso Belloni, Jill Lian – jilllian2, Karen Axelrad, Jon Arne Foss, Laila, Catherine Caddigan, Clint Cline, Robi Gallardo, Qingxian Guo, Rita Colantonio, Sergiy Beliayev, Mark Walton1, Rita Colantonio, Kathy Clay, Erik Viggh, Larry Lefever, David DeNagel, Deborah McMillion, Anandamoy Chatterji, la Takalandze, Joseph Cyr, Jun Yamaguchi, p.a. hamel, Gianluca Ricoveri, Giancarlo Beltrame.

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Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr/Instagram Group Showcase – 21 July 2019

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Music has charms to sooth a savage breast” wrote the poet William Congreve in 1697 and apparently non more so than Marconi Union’s ‘Weightless’, which I have attached to our showcase this morning. Many of us are aware of the soothing qualities of music upon our souls but now it seems science can back up those claims. Recently, a clinical trial in the US compared the levels of anxiety felt by patients who were prescribed the drug Midazolam and others who were told to listen to this track, ‘Weightless’ by Marconi Union. Those involved in the study were having a spinal nerve block. I’ve had several of these, not recently but following liver surgery, once my liver had regenerated, I found I was still suffering some pain. I am sure the patients in this study were having this nerve block for multiple reasons and to conquer pain with music, seems perfectly plausible to me. Twelve days ago I had day surgery, of which the pain was near on unbearable and I wonder now, if I would have been more comfortable with my headphones playing this music throughout. I’m not sure, I may have just ripped them off as I gripped the surgical bed tightly, but as this English band’s song has been declared the ‘world’s most relaxing song’ maybe it would have helped, next time… If nothing else, I feel a benefit post-operatively and anxiety in this dimension is terribly common and affects the body’s ability to heal. As I’m still experiencing pain, I intend to listen to this music more often and when mixed with this weeks Mobile Photography and Art from artists throughout the world, I am indeed finding it has the unique ability to stop me reaching for painkillers and lull me into a sense of delicious serenity. Enjoy!

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.

Jenny Pieters @sodium Light, Robin Robertis, Susan Rennie, David DeNagel, Paul Yan, Russ Merz, Tomaso Belloni, Jose Matos, Clint Cline, Lorenka Campos, Carol Wiebe, Meri Walker @iphoneartgirl, Rosa Perry, Gianluca Ricoveri, Vadim Demjianov, Fleur Schim, @filizart, Juta Jazz, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Jill Lian, Laila, Deborah McMillion, Giancarlo Beltrame, Deborah Field, Judy Wahlberg, Peter Wilkin, Jane Schultz @before.1st.light, Catherine Caddigan, M. Cecilia Sao Thiago @klimtt, Damian De Souza @remintrustions, Hanni K, Yariv Weinberg, Jun Yamaguchi, Kathy Clay, Dina Alfasi, Barbara Braman.

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Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr/Instagram Group Showcase – 21 April 2019

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Earlier this year, I attended the press view of ‘A Fortnight Of Tears’ by and with Tracey Emin, at The White Cube Gallery, London. What has interested me, particularly, since the exhibition are the wide ranging and diverse reviews and critiques of this show. Having spent time speaking with Emin, as well as sharing the exhibition and space with her, I felt closer to this artwork and to her psyche than I ever have before. Many of the reviews were critical, she is an artist who has always attracted harsh critics. Her most infamous work “My Bed” (1988), is in many ways, metaphorically, part of this exhibition. It’s re-inacted as fifty huge iPhone selfie images displayed on the gallery walls, taken as she awakes in bed, displaying plastic surgery scars, moods and various nightgown changes. In an interview, she describes to Griselda Murray Brown, Financial Times, how this exhibition relates, “the Bed for me, is the closest thing that I have to [these] works because I stained that bed, I cried in that bed, I shit in that bed, I fucked in that bed, probably vomited in that bed. Everything that that bed is, is in [these] paintings”. Her theme of art has been the same for sometime, over 30 years, and consists mainly of abuse, abortion, love, loss, death, so not for the fainthearted but to define this recurring theme in one word, I would choose ‘life’. She has relentlessly been criticised for yelling about rape, this was before the #MeToo era and her response to that was Of course I’m screaming about rape. Why shouldn’t I be?” frankly, I couldn’t agree more, don’t you? I kept trying to say [this] to people years ago”, Emin continued. “Suddenly I’m allowed to express myself and to have the language and the voice that I’ve had for years and years. Now we’re in a time where we can put things right, and this is what my work is about”. Critics continue to urge her to ‘move on’ but much of the true grit of life, is incessant.

Another recurring critical aspect of Emin’s art and again it’s one that is repeated throughout the art world, is ‘is it art?’. I wonder why we are still asking this question.

In 1988, Richard Woodward wrote a feature article in the New York Times discussing recent photographic work, entitled “It’s Art, But Is It Photography?’. He went on to say “It isn’t clear anymore how photography should be valued or looked at, where within our museums it should be exhibited-even what is or is not a photograph”. In the late 1800’s debates literally raged about the status of photography, ‘is it art or not?’ critics hollered. Amusingly, (or not, depending on your sense of humour), in the 1920’s even Edward Weston accused pictorial photographers of making ‘pseudo paintings, instead of photographs’. Of course the debate has shifted full circle. Since the 1960’s , the question of whether photography is art became irrelevant with the acceptance of photography into museum collections. But the question once again shifted in the late 1980s to ‘Is it photography?’. It could be said that the prestigious Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York was not accepting of the depiction, not of art but of photography and in turm, what could be concluded, as photography. Prior to the 1990s MOMA had not given an exhibition to David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman among others. It seems the theory being the work of these artists might have been art, but not photography.

This is an extract of a larger piece of writing that I am working on and it is relevant today in our era of mobile photography and art. We have made huge strides to encompass what we know is the most formidable and time changling art today but we still have further to travel. This weeks mobile photography and showcase, highlights once again the pioneering artists pushing the boundaries, challenging the status quo. Colour and wild creativity flourish, each visionary coherently embracing dreaming, while awake. Enjoy!

Music this week – ‘Ghost’ ©Jacob Lee

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.

Gianluca Ricoveri, Rita Colantonio, Tuba, Kathy Clay, Fleur Schim, Kate Zari Roberts, Jun Yamaguchi, Candice Railton, Erik Beck, Nick Kenrick, Joseph Cyr, Poetic Medium, Erik Viggh, Susan Blase, jon jon, AleDi Gangi, borisbschulz2009, Catherine Caddigan, Mark Swanson, Johann Veers, Deborah McMillion, Ivan_sl, Francesco Sambati, Cristina Rossi, Clint Cline, Sherrianne100, TheiPhoneArtGirl – Meri Walker, Rob Pearson-Wright, Susan Rennie, Amo Passicos, klimtt – M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, 123ems, Lorenka Campos, Karen Axelrad, Ian Clarke, Tricia Dewey, Ioannis Sidiropoulos, Heather McAlister, Jane Schultz – before.1st.light, p.a.hamel.

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Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr Group Showcase – 18 November 2018

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I believe there’s now a universal dilemma we suffer, that feels like a personal problem. We all have so many friends, just look on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, they’re all there but yet so many of us wander ‘lonely as a cloud’ and feel disconnected from our species. I believe it’s important not to collect friends, like trophies but truly value the ones that enhance our lives, bring smiles to our faces and warmth to our hearts. We know that none of our relationships are fixed in perpetuity, letting people go, is as important as keeping them close. But when they leave us, as their lives end, it’s hard to keep the door ajar, so those we once cherished can walk back in. One dear friend, who has passed, used to phone me several times a week, the phone is not my first means of communication. I can’t hear well so it’s not without it’s issues but it was the best way for her to communicate, so I perserved and found using my bluetooth headphones and digital aids, connected to my phone, a great solution. Now she’s gone and I really want to talk to her and I can’t, I really want and need to talk to someone…, not too close… and this is a very modern day problem. So many of my friends communicate with their art, their self-expression is clearly evident in this weeks mobile photography and art showcase and I love them all for it. The answer to this universal dilemma lies in not blaming others, or the advent of technology but in taking action. The joy of the cadence of a friend’s speech and the excitement of a conversation about something unanticipated is something to be relished albeit deeply desired.

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:

Lydia Cassatt, Candice Railton, Enio Godoy, Clare Pickett, Maarten Oorwijn, Catherine Caddigan, aka Tman, Lorenka Campos, Sheldon Serkin, Jun Yamaguchi, Clint Cline, Poetic Medium, Deborah McMillion, Barbara Nebel, Julia Nathanson, Tomaso Belloni, Gianluca Ricoveri, Gina Costa, Kate Zari Roberts, jilllian2 – JIll Lian, p.a. hamel, Susan Rennie, Jane Schultz – before.1st.light, Catherine Caddigan, Fleur Schim, Fiona Christian, Jo Sullivan, Ile Mont, woltarise.

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Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr Group Showcase – 15 April 2018

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Urgently contemporary, this weeks mobile photography and art flickr group showcase is a huge thrill and I know all about thrills. This week I chatted with a friend, one I’ve not seen for such a long time. The most charming man, the most fragrant and also the most generous. Slipping back into rambling conversations about, art, photography and sex, we absorbed and absolved one another as we nudged the English language to its limits. Art as in life, is about desire and the mobile photographers and artists that we have featured in this weeks showcase, have satiated mine. There’s real humanity in this showcase, with insights into love and longing with the under current narrative, stimulating and deeply rewarding. Enjoy!

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:

Basak Aytek, Oksana Shendrik, Christine Padmore, Jean Hutter, Catherine Caddigan, Lorenka Campos, jillian2 – Jill Lian, Luison – Lrh Acquetico, borisbschulz2009, Tricia Dewey, Jun Yamaguchi, Serigy Beliayev, woltarise, David Hayes, Jeronimo Sanz, Damian De Souza, Nick Kenrick, Kat McClelland, Paul Yan, Deborah McMillion, Kathy Clay, Vanessa Vox, Gabriele Rodriquez, Amy Ecenbarger, Ralf Mauyog, Linda Hollier, eyenantajrean, Poetic Medium, CLAY3 accidentTal arTisT, Vadim Demjianov, Clint Cline, Gianluca Ricoveri, Paul Toussaint, soul_engine, Barbara Nebel, Jane Schultz – before.1st.light, Kerry Mitchell, Candice Railton, Tomaso Belloni, Allyson Marie, Sheldon Serkin, Frederic Hutter, Lydia Cassatt, Sally Allerton, Susan Rennie, Marianne Rieter, Hanni K, Aylin Argun.

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Mobile Photography – Instagram TAKEOVER with Lisa Mitchell from England

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Are you really ready for even more joie de vivre? Yes? We are always ready and today we can officially announce that Lisa Mitchell (@lisarmitchellphotography) is taking over our Instagram account for the next fourteen days!

Over the past few months we have had some stunning mobile photographers and artists takeover our Instagram page, these include: Robin Cohen (@psychephoto), Lee Atwell (@lee_atwell), Jane Schultz (@before.1st.light), Armineh Hovanesian (@armineh29), Lorenka Campos (@lorenka), Barbara Nebel (@barbaranebel), Kate Zari Roberts (@kate.z.roberts), Carol Weibe (@cawestruck), Meri Walker (@iPhoneArtGirl), David Leibowitz (@dleibo), Gillian Brodie (@gilliannb) and Gerry Coe (@coeiphoneart).

Please take a look at our @TheAppWhisperer Instagram account to follow all the goings on and please also tag your images with #TheAppWhisperer, so that they can be found and potentially featured.

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Mobile Photography & Art Flickr Group Showcase – 25 February 2018

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I didn’t know I was even supposed to HAVE issues until I came to America”, a quote from a book I am currently reading – Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A fearless contemporary construction about immigration, racism, American dreams and love. Adichie has the unique ability to meticulously and deeply humanise language, capturing a familiar plot but making it fresh. I read vast ranges of books, never fixating on a genre. I am the same when studying photography and art. I’m influenced by and interested in artists who break rules about genre. I’m interested in images with multiple levels that repay close inspection, ensuring I go to unexpected places. A coherent image makes me suspicious, I prefer faltering because it’s in those wobbles that I see the chafing and the uneasiness, the sketchiness of thought and vision. When viewing demiurgic imagery, I am intellectually and creatively and sometimes erotically wired. Constructing a book is similar to creating an image, it’s knowing what to include as well as omit. Allowing the viewer space to complete the construction, in their own imagination, constraining the compulsion of the artist to complete. Sculptors address the deletion of material in their own analogous way. Michelangelo: “The more the marble wastes, the more the statue grows”.

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:

Jun Yamaguchi, TheiPhoneArtGirl – Meri Walker, Luison – Lrh, woltarise, Kathy Clay, 123ems, jillian2 – Jill Lian, nashira1901, Nick Kenrick, sculptorli, Luther Roseman Dease, II, p.a. hamel, Clare Pickett, Allyson Marie, Lorenka Campos, Kate Zari Roberts, Poetic Medium, Vanessa Vox, Deborah McMillion, Paul Yan, Gianluca Ricoveri, Susan Rennie, Julienne W, Gina Costa, Sergiy Beliayev, Marianne Rieter, Hanni K, Karen Axelrad, Kristie Benoit, Jane Schultz – before.1st.light, Barbara Nebel.

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Mobile Photography & Art Flickr Group Showcase – 28 January 2018

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Luminous throughout, this weeks Mobile Photography and Art Showcase is essential to your weekend viewing, smacking of indulgence but then as artists, viewing art, can never been seen as overindulgence, it’s the intensity of these pleasures that raise not only our emotional temperature but our physical temperature too. There’s plenty of heat in this showcase of desire, a hybrid of art, music and cinematic crowning climax. The presentation is elegant and dynamic enough as a form of expressive choreography, high voltage moments blended with reflective contemplation, suggesting there’s much at stake, enjoy!

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:

Linda Hollier, Kathy Clay, TheiPhoneArtGirl (Meri Walker), Damian De Souza, Catherine Caddigan, Em Kachouro, Lorenka Campos, Vanessa Vox, Y F, Dina Alfasi, Susan Maxwell Schmidt, Lydia Cassatt, Jean Hutter, Jun Yamaguchi, Ioannis Sidiropoulos, Karen Axelrad, Kate Zari Roberts, Valeria Cammareri, Vadim Demjianov, Louise Whiting, Gianluca Ricoveri, Juta Jazz, Liliana Schwitter, p.a. hamel, jillian2 (Jill Lian), Barbara Nebel, Gina Costa (gcosta9), Jane Schultz (before.1st.light), Ile Mont, Pier Luigi Dodi, Chad Rankin, Km Lee, Thomas Toft, ArrrRT eDUarD, Clint Cline, Clare Pickett, Marguerite Khoury, woltarise.

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Mobile Photography & Art Flickr Group Showcase – 9 July 2017

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The past only comes back‘, wrote Virginia Woolf in her unfinished memoir, “when the present runs so smoothly that it is like the sliding surface of a deep river. Then one sees through the surface to the depths“. I confess, I am a huge fan of Virginia Woolf, the English writer who is considered to be one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century and essentially (to me) a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. I ‘discovered’ Woolf’s work as a young girl, long before my eldest son attended boarding school, in Lewes, where she died, drowning herself in the River Ouse, not far from her home. Woolf above all was a pioneer for women, she is a reminder to us all that we must follow our creative urges, we must make up for the time lost (essentially in the West), where we are now freed. One of the many things I love about mobile photography and art, is that women are owning it. I am not against male work at all but I love, the freedom it gives to women, and men are adoring us, even more for it. The creative coalescing between all of our work makes for a richer, deeper picture. We speak to each other, through our imagery, We are all part of this powerful show and how it plays on, rejoice!

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 Showcase (please go here).

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

Tessfra, Myrna, Syed, YF, Jun Yamaguchi, Poetic Medium, Donna Donato, Stefanie L.P., Sheldon Serkin, Brett Chenoweth, Roger Guetta, Gabriele Rodriquez, Michael Trombley, Jane Schultz (before.1st.light), Kate Zari Roberts, Meri Walker (TheiPhoneArtGirl), Christine Mignon, Kathy Clay, Sarah Kuhn, Angie Lambert, Christine Sobczak, Gianluca Ricoveri, Brendan O Se, Deborah McMillion (Hotel Midnight), Jill Lian (jillian2), Susan Rennie, Barbara Nebel, Liliana Schwitter, Lorenka Campos, Ile Mont, Patricia Januszkiewicz, Dominique Torrent, Jason Roberts, hn., Xinjun Zhang, Linda Hollier.

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