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/Instagram Group Showcase – 12 May 2019

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My daughter’s school prom this week manifested into the creation of a taut, magnificently controlled week, with smidgen’s, in my case, of personal survival. The entire week was one of lucid reflection as the period of her school days came to an end with an almost surrealist picture of her leavers celebration. The limpid clarity as an observer and witness to the life changes as she transgresses can only be compared to Claude Cahun’s photomontages, it looks like life, but it’s not life, exactly. Only art can achieve this degree of realism.

I end this week, with a juddering heart, strangely close to tears, knowing that the true emotional nature of this week, gloriously ramps up next week, as her exams commence…

Take heart, view this weeks mobile photography and art lancing showcase, as more and more mobile photographers and artists find us, we are privileged to share their work.

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.

Louise Whiting, Pascale G, Debbie Sutherland, G Billion, Poetic Medium, Kat McClelland, Jun Yamaguchi, Deborah McMillion, Clint Cline, Paul Yan, Arko Rayhan, Prodromos, Vako Darispanashvili, Laila, Peter Wilkin, klimtt – cecilia Sao Thiago, woltarise, Rita Colantonio, Andreas Komodromos, Clare Pickett, Ian Horne, Vadim Demjianov, Tomaso Belloni, Kerry Mitchell, Montse Abad, Kristin, Nick Kenrick, Amo Passicos, Eduardo Llerandi, before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, Catherine Caddigan, Linda Hollier, Lorenka Campos, Barbara Braman, Sarah Kuhn, Judy Wahlberg, Lake MacIntosh, Anthony Madigan, p.a. hamel, TheiPhoneArtGirl – Meri Walker, Charlaleeo, Robin Robertis, Tuba Korhan, Karen Axelrad.

Music this week is ‘You’re own kind of Beautiful’ by Alih-Jey Depena

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

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“If you’re paying attention and making your own life as beautiful and rich and fun as it can be, you might just attract someone who’s doing the same thing, you can give up on tracking someone down with your butterfly net.” Words by Anne Lamott, who married this week at Deer Park Villa, in Fairfax, California. She met her husband through a dating site, called OurTime, a matchmaking site for the over 50’s. She had been single for a long period and felt absolutely no wanton feelings to change that. When asked, by the New York Times writer, Lois Smith Brady, 26th April 2019, why she stayed single so long, she replied that she was shy and introverted and hated leaving the house, particularly for parties.“If I go to a party, I become a Roz Chast character with my arms hanging at my sides and I feel like I’m developing a tic,”. Lamott has has published 18 memoirs and novels, many about being a recovering alcoholic, single mother, perpetual worrier and late-in-life churchgoer. I’ve read many of her books, you knew that was coming, right? I read incessantly, there’s only one thing that frustrates me about reading and that is that I can’t write and view images at the same time. I’m good at multi-tasking but not at that. Perhaps, it’s a learning difficulty, yesterday morning I spent many hours supporting one of my children as they undertook an updated private disability assessment with an acclaimed consultant, to enable them to successfully progress onto the next stage of their life. Feeling emotionally, mentally and physically drained post test, we both later collapsed at home, for a while. Disability diagnoses, if necessary, are crucially important when navigating this world. So many obstacles appear very quickly insurmountable without the correct support and often are but with it, you can fly.

What I love about Lamott, is she is a fighter, as I am, as my family are, we are a strong and very healthy, positive, loving unit, that’s not to say, life is easy because it is not but we try to focus on the things that really matter, whilst simultaneously fighting to keep the wolves from the door. Smith Brady, closed her article in the New York Times describing Lamott  as ,’A natural cheerleader, especially for underdogs’. Lamott later posted on her Facebook page, “never give up, no matter how things look or how long they take. Don’t quit before the miracle.” And so, I say to all of you incredibly talented mobile photographers and artists out there, I can reveal, very candidly that there is a miracle opening here and I am going to ensure you’re all cordially invited to be part of it, it is coming and I am very excited. Stand by me, there is ecstasy in paying attention. 

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.

Paul Yan, Hanna Martins, Anastasia Potekhina, Jun Yamaguchi, Cathrine Halsor, borisbschulz2009, Debara Splendorio, Tricia Dewey, Sherrianne100, Laila, qingxian guo, Eduardo Llerandi, Michael Brunsfeld, Fiona Keyes, Scott Simpson, Kat McClelland, Erika Brothers, F4810P, Susan Detroy, Enio Godoy, Rita Colantonio, Lorenka Campos, Emma Dauvin, Lawrence Lazare, Peter Wilkin, Nick Kenrick, Kathy Clay, Milly M, Tomaso Belloni, Arko Rayhan, Anthony Madigan, jillian2 – Jill Lian, Gianluca Ricoveri, Tuba, Kate Zari Roberts, p.a.hamel, lifequest22, Ioannis Sidirpoulos.

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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 – 14 October 2018

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You’ll feel ravished after viewing this weeks blockbuster mobile photography and art showcase. This art not only gives pleasure to our eyes but also to our minds. Each artists’ acute eye, great instincts and improvisational impluses are all on abundant display. Complexities within our imagery can’t or won’t be unravelled, whether featuring, street photography, portraiture, still life, abstract; each image is both exact and indifferent, getting under your skin and changing how you see the world.  This art mixed with this life are inextricable, all writhing together, 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:

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Donald Williams, Kike Navarrete, Gina Costa, R K, Ile Mont, Ioannis Sidiropoulos, Rob Pearson-Wright, Clint Cline, Deborah McMillion, Paul Yan, Chris Feichtner, woltarise, Luison, Maarten Oortwijn, Francesco Sambati, Amo Passicos, Lydia Cassatt, Liliana Schwitter, Sheldon Serkin, Antii Tassberg, Gabriele Rodriquez, Lorenka Campos, selin1968, Hanni K, Milly M, Tero Kaiponen, Dixon Hamby, p.a.hamel, TheiPhoneArtGirl – Meri Walker, jillian2 – Jill Lian, Tomaso Belloni, Eduardo Llerandi, before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, Joseph Cyr, Ale Di Gangi, Marguerite Khoury, Cellphone Only, Joanne Carter, Chad Rankin, Ryan Vaarsi, Victor Reynolds, Oola Cristina, Nick Kenrick.

Music this week is ‘Ghost’ by Jacob Lee

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New Projects – Our New Form of Artistic Installation aka ‘The Quilt’ Is Ready!

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We’re delighted to inform our readers that the quilt that so many of you contributed to, has now been completed. For those of you not aware of this project, it involved mobile artists contributing one image and each one was then carefully included within a large quilt to be displayed at the next gallery show or even Mobile Arts Festival. There has been a few obstacles along the way and we have overcome each one. This quilt was sewed together and finalised by none other than mobile artist, Lorenka Campos’ mother in law. We all owe her much gratitude. The quilt is now with Lorenka Campos, so if you would like to display it at your next event, please contact her for details.

I have also been reminded and I shouldn’t have needed to be however, “Linda Toki did the whole layout of the quilt and had it printed. She also spent days working on the catalog so I really think she deserves a shout out as the quilt would never have happened without her”. We all need to give huge thanks to Linda M. Toki – join me!!

With many thanks to everyone involved in this project, Lorenka Campos, Kate Zari Roberts, Roger Guetta, Linda Toki, Karen Axelrad, Christine O’ Sobczak, Jane Schultz, Marian Seid Rubin, Gina Costa, Armineh Hovanesian, Susan Rennie, Catherine Schell Caddigan, Elaine Taylor, M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, Lrh Arquitecto, Jill Lian, Fiona Christian, Barbara Nebel, Lisa Mitchell, Meri Walker, Diana Nicholette Jeon, Clint Cline, Cara Gallardo Weil, Alexis Rotella, Carol Wiebe, Juta Jazz, Gianluca Ricoveri, Ile Mont, Dilshad Corleone, Joyce Harkin, Deborah McMillion, Rad Drew, Gillian Brodie, David Scott Leibowtiz, Eliza Badoiu, Clarrise Debout, Andrea Bigiarini, Bobbi McMurry, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Mimi Svanberg, Robin Cohen, Lynette Sheppard, Sean Hayes, Violet Martins, Susan Detroy, Amanda Parker, Liz Dameron, Janine Graf, Allyson Marie, Linda Hollier, Alon Goldsmith, Lee Atwell, Christine Mignon, Jennifer Thomas, Valeria CAmmareri, Karen Divin, Gerry Coe, Debara Splendorio, Vannesa Vox, Vivi Handson Sacerdote, Sara McCracken, Manuela Matos Monteiro, Jerry Jobe, Giulia Baita, Laurie Amerson, David Hayes, Nick Kenrick, Adelino Marques,  Sabine Gromek, Bonobo Stone, Dina Alfasi, Kristie Benoit, Robin Robertis, Sylvie Prevot, Andrew B White, Robi Gallardo, Lilian Schwitter, Tuba Korhan, Katie Teixeria, Stef LP, Sheldon Serkin, Rob Pearson-Wright, Brendan O Se, Kaaren Malcom, Jeffrey Simpson, Rosalie Heller, Tim Bingham, Vicki Cooper, Lisa Peters, Susan Murtaugh, Edward Santos, Marguerite Khoury, Frederic Deschenes, Oola Cristina, Himanshu Roy, Christina Chin, Mel Harrison, Janis Brandenburg Lee, Brett Chenoweth, Ocean Morisset, Vadim Demjianov, Cathrine Halsor, Angie Lambert, Stefanie Piccioni, Mark Fearnley, Tricia Dewey, Ioannis Sidiropoulos, Mariano Luchini, Susan Tuttle, Mandolina Moon, Adria Ellis, Jo Sullivan, Paul J Toussaint, Montse Abad, Karen L Messick, Katie Saxby, Cristina Rossi, Edith Meier, MaryJane Sarvis, Davide Capponi, Cecily Batey Caceu, Lindy Ginn, Sammi Gravich, Marco P Prado, Andrea Koerner, Claude Panneton, Leasa Fortune, Mark Schnidman, Nancy McClure, Cliff Oliver, Yoni Mayeri, Illse Harris, Connie Gardner Rosenthal, Tommy Vee, Patricia Leeds, Trish Korous, Mim Keo, Shirley Drevich, Kerryn Benbow, David Ingraham, Lanie Heller, Lynette Jackson, Annie Helmsworth, Rinkey Boleman, Carolyn Hall Young, Cadu Lemos, Elaina Wilcox, Lea Murphy, Robin Sacknoff, Stefania Pecchioli, Erik Lieber, Deborah Johannes, Patricia Januszkiewicz, Heather Mc, Adrienne Parks, Maruizio Zanetti, Mariette Schrijiver, Lene Basma Horsnell, Cargan Brown, Manuela Basaldella, Daria Stermac, Nei Cruz, Rudy Vogel, Isabel Afonso, Carol Robinson, Elodie Hunting, Eleni Gemeni, Reece Curham, Angelique Manchandra Peres, Lori Hillsberg, Giancarlo Beltrame, Basak Aytek, Philip Del Carmen, Chad Rankin, Jeronimo Sanz, Tania Konnerth, Akwa Marina, Jane Gottlieb, Star Rush, Teri Lou Dantzler, Maura Shine, Lou O’Leary, Bleu Chemiko, Daniel Vondav, Bridget Robertson, Kim Martino-Diaz, Cory Carpenter, Julia Badakhshan, Paula Betlem, Grace Brignolle, Jody Frost, Anndrea Lewis, Steve Cooper, Sonya Sanchez Arias, Mary E Peek, Wnick Maygay, Tony Smith, Donna Coburn, Hilary Packard, MaryJane Rosenfeld, Sandra Belyea, Bruce Barrett I cannot possibly include every member of our Quilt Project here, so please continue to tag any that I may have missed…

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

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Just as a tailor sews secret messages into garments, the wise will know that everything that I do always has more than one purpose, reason and meaning. There’s not one interview, article or showcase that doesn’t reflect this throughout TheAppWhisperer.  My mind works in a multitasking constant, when viewing each Mobile Photography Showcase, as well as the order of the works, the music serves as a complement and also adds a surrogate meaning, to another event, always directed towards a chic other. And what you’ll notice from the swooning imagery in this weeks showcase, is a oedipal gothic romance, layered and layered with depth. It’s a tale of young cherished love, secret messages, with crisp visuals and a magnificent score. View it as a cinematic film, mobile art is on phosphorescent form here, capturing the delicate balance between the shifting moods. This showcase will capture your attention, engage your sympathies and steal your heart. 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:

Clare Pickett, Em Kachouro, Yasuo Furue, Antonio Bellomo, tmmy2524, Deborah McMillion, Matthew Teter, Nick Kenrick, Montse Abad, Clint Cline, Karen Axelrad, Damian De Souza, Vadim Demjianov, Maarten Oortwijn, Kristen Fisher, David Hayes, Lorenka Campos, Candice Railton, Kate Zari Roberts, jilllian2 – Jill Lian, Shel Serkin, Poetic Medium, Jun Yamaguchi, Luison – Lrh , p.a. hamel, Gianluca Ricoveri, Rob Pearson-Wright, Barbara Nebel, Gina Costa – gcosta9, Susan Maxwell Schmidt, Candice Railton, selin1968, Kat McClelland, Susan Rennie, Michael Brunsfeld, Cecillia Sao Thiago, Tomaso Belloni.

Music this week is ‘There For You’ ©The Undeserving

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Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr Group Showcase – 22 July 2018

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This weeks Mobile Photography and Art Flickr Group Showcase is beautifully variegated with each image, slowly dissolving into the next. But this is no means a dillydally, this is sumptuous art that has been carefully created throughout the week. This art is bound by love, my love, “Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end”, wrote the Swiss author Madame de Staël (1766-1817). 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:

Candice Railton, Shel Serkin, borisbschulz2009, Susan Rennie, before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, Maarten Oortwijn, Deborah McMillion, woltarise, Lorenka Campos, Nick Kenrick, David Hayes, livingsta, Jun Yamaguchi, Tomaso Belloni, Allyson Marie,  p.a. hamel, Catherine Caddigan, Clint Cline, Gianluca Ricoveri, Gabriele Rodriquez, Luison, Clare Pickett, nashira1901, Candice Railton, jilllian2 – Jill Lian, rionpine, TheiPhoneArtGirl – Meri Walker.

Music this week is ‘Collide’ by The Shakespeares

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

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‘How to fail’ is a podcast series by journalist and novelist Elizabeth Day, whereupon she interviews celebrities and asks them to list three examples, demonstrating their  failures in life. Perhaps, not surprisingly, men somewhat balked at the idea that they’d failed at anything and when pressed, admitted to losing tennis matches, or the inability to get souffles to rise, whereas women confessed they had trouble limiting the list to just three failures. Naturally, my thoughts drifted to my own failures, where to start… trying too hard to find love as a teenager complete with ‘mistakes’…, not selling my first cottage before the property crash in 1990 when I was 21, progressing too soon with pregnancy following major liver surgery, I could go on, of course. Day explains “the only way to survive [life crises] is to surrender to the process”. Like Day, it dawned on me that I had my work and I am lucky because my work here at TheAppWhisperer, comfortably means I am never fully alone, I always have the most gracious company, by my side. And you’ll see them in his weeks’ Mobile Photography & Art showcase, a glowing example of true, dear artists. And, actually, when looking at my failures, I could also see my successes, which curiously ran alongside. Had I not been so starved of love as a young girl, I may not have met the man that I married, who worships, not only ever area of my physical body, but also my mind, he is my nourishment, he is my strength. Had I indeed sold my cottage in 1990, then I would not have had a place to rehabilitate, following major life saving liver surgery in 1993. Had I not become pregnant in late 1995, my dear son, Jake would not be here, with us today. The riches of life can sometimes only be learned from our failures. As Day who listed divorce as one her failures explained, as she folded her wedding dress into a box, wrapping it carefully in layers of tissue paper for the nice woman in Shropshire who had bought it on eBay realised, this wasn’t failure at all, it was a part of life, she had learned from it and now she was letting it go, the failure had departed, the creator had returned.

Enjoy this triumph of a showcase, each singular image has the capacity to provoke and to surprise, each one, full of life.

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:

Maarten Oortwjin, borisbschulz2009, Catherine Caddigan, nheco, Dina Alfasi, nashira190, Poetic Medium, Raja Cretonne, Francesco Sambati, Paul Toussaint, jillian2 – Jill Lian, Luison – Lrh – , Clare Pickett, Shel Serkin, Sui Sawada, I Rome, gcosta9 – Gina Costa, Kate Zari Roberts, Nick Kenrick, Kathy Clay, Marianne Rieter, Gianluca Ricoveri, Susan Rennie, Lorenka Campos, Deborah McMillion, Jun Yamaguchi, before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, Ghost, Linda Hollier, Cindy Buske, TheiPhoneArtGirl – Meri Walker.

Music this week – ‘Oxygen’ ©Stephanie Schneiderman

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Mobile Photography & Art – Flickr Group Showcase – 1 July 2018

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The Big Picture’ is an idiom we use for a number of expressions. As a noun, it may mean the overall scheme of something important, as opposed to the significant details. As an adjective it can be used to describe a scheme, such as ‘these are big picture projections, we’ll sort the details out later”. We also use it informally in conversation, such as one I was having with my eldest son this morning over breakfast, (he’s home from university). He was explaining, rather alarming to me how at a nightclub last night, he narrowly avoided being stabbed because of his ability to ‘see the big picture’ and managed to diffuse the rising tensions among some of the locals and the group he was with. I preferably prefer to examine ‘the big picture’ when considering a photograph of great significance and in this weeks’ flickr group showcase, you will see a vast number of ‘big pictures’. There’s the poetically enigmatic, imbuing the quotidian with luminous alluring images and there’s the more low key, almost conversational style of images in this weeks showcase. Feel the energy and their vibrations, with the subtlest of shifts as one slide dissolves and the next emerges, representing a small gem of close observation and collaboration. 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:

Ile Mont, Luison – Lrh , before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, KalterFisch, Lydia Cassatt, Victor Reynolds, Damian De Souza, Sheldon Serkin, Dragan Fly, borisbschulz2009, Clint Cline, Mark Swanson, klimtt – Cecilia Sao Thiago, Nick Kenrick, Cindy Buske, Victor Reynolds, jllian2 – Jill Lian, David Hayes, Dixon Hamby, gcosta9 – Gina Costa, Milly M, Hanni K, Tomaso Belloni, Candice Railton, Linda Hollier, Poetic Medium, Deborah McMillion, Susan Rennie, Gabriele Rodriquez, Donald Williams, Barbara Nebel, Armineh Hovanesian, TheiPhoneArtGirl – Meri Walker, Corbicus Maximus.

Music this week is ‘I Am With You’ by Ben Glover

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