Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr/Instagram Group Showcase – 2 February 2020

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Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties“, writes Erich Fromm, one of the most prescient thinkers of the 20th century. Love and creativity play a huge part of my life and it is physical. Love of art, the art of loving, irrational, intellectual, obsessive, insightful. Professor Semir Zeki, a neurobiologist at the University College London, proved in a series of pioneering brain-mapping experiments that viewing art triggers a surge of dopamine, the feel-good chemicial, into the orbito-frontal cortex of the brain, resulting in feelings of intense pleasure, the same part of the brain that is excited, when we fall for someone, romantically. For all of us associated with mobile photography and art, we already know this, mobile art is our fix just like illicit drug taking, we feel immediate stimulation and like a drug, our reward centres crave for more. I also believe it is not just the viewers but also the creators of mobile art, that reach for that high too. Love, like creatvity, requires courage, to let ourselves go, as Fromm described above. 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.

I hope you all love this weeks mobile photography and art showcase as 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.

Many congratulations to the following featured artists this week including:

Clint Cline, Jerry Clack, jilllian2 – Jill Lian, Susan Blase, Hanni K, Lorenka Campos, Fleur Schim, Oola Cristina, Jayita Mallik, @imagomimago – Mimi Svanberg, @do.brze, Susan Latty, @honor_life – Irene Oleksiuk, @marymodale – Dale Botha, Beate Goralczyk, Dina Alfasi, Thelma Penteado, @jules4921 – Rita Colantonio, Janis Brandenburg, @winter__lines, @rain.is.poetry – Paul Suciu, @miandreai – Marius Andrei, Rosalie Heller, @rodrigobw – Rodrigo Vieira, @luison – Lrh, @jawdoc2, Alexis Rotella, @cardinphotography, Filiz Ak, thefringeproject, Jun Yamaguchi, Jane Schultz, Laila, Gianluca Ricoveri.

Music this week is ‘Breathe’ by Fleurie

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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 – Flickr Group Showcase – 24 June 2018

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To many artists in this weeks Mobile Photography & Art Showcase, and beyond, mobile art is a coping mechanism. Creating art allows us to live alternative lives, whether for ourselves or for our subjects. This weeks showcase should be recognised as own emblem, forever moving forward whilst simultaneously sensing time’s passage, evidence that is cognizant in our art. Dorothea Lange said it best with “A camera is a tool, for learning how to see without a camera“. This week we share a brilliantly delineated context of imagination whilst recognising among the first avant garde artists of the mobile camera. 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:

Gabriele Rodriquez, Paul Toussaint, jillian2 – Jill Lian, Amy Ecenbarger, Lorenka Campos, Clint Cline, Catherine Caddigan, Joseph Cyr, Yasuo Furue, Kat McClelland,  jon jon, Corbicus Maximus, Amo Passicos, Paul Yan, Valeria Cammareri, Jerry Clack, Poetic Medium, Candice Railton, Jun Yamaguchi, Kathy Clay, Gianluca Ricoveri, Dina Alfasi, Sarah Kuhn, before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, Clare Pickett, Kate Zari Roberts, Damian De Souza, Jill Lian – jillian2,  Yasuo Furue, Grace Brignolle, Kristie Michele Art – Kristie Benoit, Candice Railton, Susan Rennie, Susan Maxwell Schmidt, I Rome, Giancarlo Beltrame, Shel Serkin,

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