Assignment – Reflection – Result and First Essay with Rita Colantonio for our Upcoming Book ‘Away with Words’

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As the first chapter of our new book ‘Away with Words’ begins to take shape, Rita Colantonio’s work is the perfect conceptual starting point for our series of twelve 1000 word essays personally written by myself. This non fiction work merges discursive scholarship with what may be construed as personal flights of fancy. That’s not to say it will disappoint, moreover I have given myself a far and wide range to delve into photography, literature, art, theory, design and music as I tease out my own offbeat associations and at the same time astutely tune into each mobile photographers key tropes and artfully deconstruct their imagery. I thus begin…

What are we looking at?  We are looking at a street photograph or perhaps it could be referred to as ‘candid’ or a ‘social documentary photograph’ as this genre includes people in a public place. We are looking at Colantonio’s image of  two young ostensibly anonymous opposing sex adults, sitting side by side a canal in Venice. The weather appears ambient, the trees are in full leaf. Colourful bed laundry has been strung out to dry adjacent to an apartment window. It is not summer but perhaps spring time as the couple in the foreground are wearing jackets, to seemingly prevent a chill. There is the feeling of intimacy between the two adults as well as monumentality, in the expression of the depths of ordinary life. There may be glare from the reflection of the canal, both adults wear sunglasses to shield their eyes. The female rests her head on her left hand and in turn her elbow rests upon her left knee. Her right arm is drawn across her waist. Her legs are naked and closed together at the knees, with her feet and her lower legs wide apart. She wears green ankle boots. Her red handbag is adjacent to her left side and it is open. It looks as if there is a bottle of still water peeping out, perhaps she has just shared a drink. Her long brunette hair is parted at the centre and falls loosely over her shoulders. The male with shoulder length blond hair and slight beard, touches the shin of his left leg, it is bent at the knee and faces the female, his right leg is more upright but also bent at the knee. He wears green cropped trousers with colourful red and blue laced trainers. He wears a large watch on his right wrist and the sunlight catches the face.

How can this image be interpreted? The young adults are not talking, they appear to be in deep thought. The female’s cocked head looks ponderous. We don’t know whether she is pondering doubts or pondering something bigger. The male may be forlorn or he may not. We can create a distinction between identity and imaging. It looks like something, but we don’t actually know. This photograph challenges our perceptions, perhaps they need to make an important decision but equally are we ready to accept the reality of other concepts?

One of my favourite books and I have plenty is entitled ‘Flaneuse’ by Lauren Elkin. From the French verb ‘flaner’, the ‘flaneur’. or ‘the one who wanders aimlessly’. There’s a chapter within this book entitled ‘Venice – Obedience’ and within this she discusses another good read, ‘The Comfort of Strangers’ by Ian McEwan. This book is set in Venice and it is not your typical Venetian romance, if anything, it is seedy but to Elkin she felt that reading McEwan’s book, ‘loosened something in her mind, or maybe planted something’. She was unsure of exactly what it was but it left her with the determination to write about Venice and as she describes later, she had recognised Venice as a ‘shadowy double for Paris’ and I could not agree more. Having arrived in Venice via a splashing vaporetto two summers ago, I recognise both viewpoints and most of all, in this instance of Rita Colantonio’s imagery. Colantonio has a painterly eye for colour and composition and it is palpable in this colour photograph. There is a deep attentiveness that speaks of her disinterest in anything other than making the seemingly mundane world outside of this image seem luminously beautiful. I conjure the fantasy that this young couple are students of art history specialising in the early Renaissance. They appear unaware or at least, indifferent that Colantonio is taking their photograph. A photographs context is a powerful determinant of its perceived meaning.

Conclusion

Colantonio is a photographer possessed of a painter’s sensibility, spreading dramatic texture and tenderness throughout this image. There is visual rhyme and potentially reasoning in this photograph. The bells in Venice ring every fifteen minutes, for fifteen minutes, there’s never silence but this image emulates that there is.  Colantonio does not transfigure or transform this couple, she has captured them in plain sight. There may be tension of unspoken conversations or this may represent precious quiet moments of shared company. There is no expression of feeling of poetic awkwardness. We know that Colantonio is present and also manifestly absent from the field of the image, this is the view through her lens. We are viewing what she wants us to see, at the moment of exposure.  Colantonio shows us the true contours of this young couple’s relationship, the simple crushing human truth of a great picture representing simple humanity, isn’t that what we all need?

Colantonio has captured the essence of our assignment ‘Reflection’ perfectly. Our brief was that it could be interpreted both literally and figuratively and Colantonio has illustrated her understanding and deciphered our brief consummately. We have the reflection from the canal as well as the reflection in each of the character’s facial expressions. Ad Reinhart once quipped ’Sculpture is something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting”, extirpating that expression, I would say “Portraiture is something you sometimes bump into when you back up to look at street photography.

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (990) via Instagram

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Here’s day nine hundred and ninety 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.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

Today, we congratulate @polarexpress0_ed with this image, entitled “Ever grateful that someday arrived”.

To view more of her work, please go here

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New Mobile Filmmaking App – Nizo – We Have Promotional Codes to Share with You!

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Nizo presents their anticipated video camera for iPhone; a new filmmaking concept and platform dedicated to artists. Nizo is an all in one filmmaking tool focused on the essence: shoot and edit in harmony. Nizo pairs the camera with simple editing tools in a fluid and immersive gestural workflow; designed for a complete focus on the image.

Nizo want to inspire emerging moving-image makers. They curate extraordinary artists showcasing avant-garde films exploring art, fashion, music and culture and they have given us some promotional codes to share with our readers.

Anna Mala from the Netherlands has created a very creative film with Nizo, one that we know you’ll be inspired by. To view that, please go here.

Nizo is available in the iOS App Store retailing for $/£4.99. We have been given some promotional codes by the developer,, would you like one? Then please join our Twitter followers here,like us on Facebook here and follow us Instagram here then post a comment to this post (on our website – so we can obtain your email address). Not sure what to comment? Perhaps you’d like to give us some feedback, tell us how we’re doing, what you’d like to see and hopefully. All winners are selected at random.

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HITCASE Announces The All New TrueLUX Wide Lens For iPhone

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HITCASE announced today that the all new TrueLUX(R) Wide Angle Lens for better photo and video capture has officially launched. Redesigned to offer a larger field of view and crisper edge to edge optic clarity while remaining compact, impact resistant and waterproof. HIT Technologies Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and distributes the world’s most advanced protective products for iPhone.

“We’re excited to announce today that the 2019 version of the TrueLUX(R) Wide Lens will include a larger field of view than its predecessor (now 120, previously 104), triple element glass (previously 2 element glass), sharper image clarity and less chromatic aberration, making the new TrueLUX(R) Wide Lens the best we’ve designed to date,” said  Brooks Bergreen, Founder and CEO of HITCASE. “Our best-in-class TrueLUX(R) Lens Series remains focused on offering compact, drop-resistant and waterproof iPhone lenses with sharp image quality at an affordable price point. We believe everyone should have access to creative content capture without breaking the bank. The all new Wide Lens is a continuation of this vision.”

The all-new HITCASE TrueLUX(R) Wide Lens allows you to fit 2x more photo into the frame, ideal for landscape, travel or sport iPhone photography and video. With incredible clarity across the entire field of view, the new Wide Lens features triple element optical grade glass, capturing crisp images with a wider 120 diagonal FOV in photo mode (previously 104) and 98.6 degrees (Diagonal), 86.1 (Horizontal) FOV in video mode. Weighing in at only 22 grams, the super-compact waterproof and shockproof lens fits right in your pocket allowing you to take it literally anywhere.

* TrueLUX(R) Wide Lens Specifications:

* Size: 19mm long x 29mm wide / Weight: 22g

* Triple element glass lens

* No vignetting, edge to edge clarity

* 120 diagonal FOV in photo mode

* 98.6 degrees (Diagonal), 86.1 (Horizontal), FOV in video mode

* Refined optical design produces the sharpest image in its class

* Very low chromatic aberration

* Magnification: 0.55X

* Minimum focus distance: 27mm

* Completely waterproof, dust-proof, snow-proof with or without a Hitcase

* Two start thread and magnetic LINK(TM) mounting for ease of use between all Hitcase products

* Anodized aluminum construction

* Anti-reflective and anti-scratch coatings on all lens elements

* One year limited product warranty.

The all new TrueLUX(R)  Wide Lens is available online as of today for $39.99 (USD) and will begin shipping February 12, 2019. TrueLUX Lenses work alongside HITCASE protective cases, including the Splash, Crio, Shield LINK and PRO. Find out more at HITCASE online and follow @hitcase.

There’s currently a 15% off storewide with this code ‘LOVEHITCASE15’

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (988) via Instagram

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Here’s day nine hundred and eighty eight of our mobile photography/art Pic of the Day section via InstagramEach day we select one image a day for our Pic of the Day section on Instagram, with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

Today, we congratulate @laamerson – Laurie Amerson with this image, entitled “She Liked Stripes”.

To view more of her work, please go here

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HONOR Launches 8A: A Superior Best Value Smartphone

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HONOR, the leading smartphone e-brand, today launched the HONOR 8A, an affordable smartphone that boasts a 6.09-inch Dewdrop FullView Display, 87 per cent screen-to-body ratio and offers finger gesture command features, which can be used with a one-handed grip. The sleek smartphone is also equipped with SmartPA, which amplifies sound significantly to deliver premium audio performance. The HONOR 8A is available at a fantastic price point of £139.99.

The key features of the HONOR 8A include:

·         6.09-inch HD+ Dewdrop FullView Display

·         SmartPA speakers combined with a dual-suspension structure

·         Long lasting 3,020 mAh battery

·         Triple card slots (i.e. Dual SIM slots and Micro-SD slot)

·         13MP main camera with flagship level f/1.8 wide aperture; complemented by an 8MP front-facing camera

·         MT6765 high-frequency 8-core processor

·         Built-in wireless FM Radio

·         Phone unlock using facial recognition

·         EMUI 9.0

“We’re thrilled to launch the HONOR 8A, our latest best-value smartphone. With the HONOR 8A, we are offering a smartphone built with the highest quality technology, but at an affordable price point. The device is a perfect mixture of style and substance, as it brings both impeccable design and fantastic audio quality. We are beyond excited for our fans to get hold of the HONOR 8A,” said Michael Pan, President of HONOR Western Europe.

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Mobile Photography & Art – Portrait of an Artist – Seeing Through The Eyes of Catherine Caddigan

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We are delighted to bring to you the fourth of this years series of interviews and the sixteenth of this fascinating series, within our Portrait of an Artist column entitled “Seeing through the eyes”. This is a section that has been created by our wonderful Portrait of an Artist Editor, Ile Mont. Mont has been inspired by the life and works of Carolyn Hall Young, as so many of us have. Young was the main contributor to our Portrait of an Artist Flickr pool and filled it with portraits of so many wonderful people, not only of herself. It is for this reason that Mont wanted to create this section, to enable us to view the artists style through their own eyes. At the end of each interview, Mont will keep Young’s tradition alive, with a portrait of herself, seen through the eyes of the artist. In this case, you will see that at the end of this interview there are portraits of Mont, seen through the eyes of Catherine Caddigan, what a gift!

Please continue to post your mobile portraiture to our dedicated Flickr group or use this hashtag on Instagram #tawportraitofanartist, this way, Mont will search through these artists first to interview. (Foreword by Joanne Carter).

All images in this interview ©Catherine Caddigan, with the final images a collaboration ©Ile Mont/Catherine Caddigan.

(To view our other published interviews in this series, please go here).

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Mobile Photography/Art Pic of the Day (987) via Instagram

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Here’s day nine hundred and eighty seven 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.

To ensure your image receives our attention, please upload it to Instagram with this hashtag #theappwhisperer.

Today, we congratulate @raveninnyc – Lori Hillsberg with this image, entitled “The Journey is the Reward”.

To view more of her work, please go here

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DistressedFX+: a surprisingly worthwhile upgrade

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Five years ago I wrote a tutorial on DistressedFX, a texture app to go alongside Stackable’s and Mextures in my library of apps. I couldn’t help but compare it to those giants in texture apps, and although I loved the textures, I found the interface clunky without the versatility of Stackable’s or Mextures.

In the intervening years DistressedFX has soldiered on, occasionally releasing new texture packs. But we have recently discovered that Stackable’s has ceased updates, and it is only a matter of time before that app crashes and burns. So I have revisited DistressedFX over the last few weeks, buying several packs that I had bypassed earlier.

So, having spent money on the app, what should happen except a new version of DistressedFX – one that is not upwardly compatible? DistressedFX+ costs a relatively steep $/£9.99, but it does include all present and future packs. Is it worth it?

I’ve got to admit, I initially thought that DistressedFX+ would be going to a subscription model, which would make it a definite “NO” for me. I have too many apps that will do everything I need that I don’t have to pay additional charges every month. But I was pleasantly surprised to see that not only are all packs included, but significant changes to the clunky interface have been made – enough to make me glad to support the developer with the additional upfront price. A developer has to eat, after all. I’m glad to pay for additional value.

So the new version has a colourful new splash screen.

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