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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Grand Flickr Group Showcase of 2017 – TheAppWhisperer – Mobile Photography and Art

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Merry Christmas! This Grand Flickr Group Showcase of 2017 represents our top favourited images from our Flickr Group – Mobile Photography & Imagery. Each week we have produced a showcase and we have selected images from all of those showcases to bring you this epic finale of the year of 2017!  I want you all to enjoy this showcase, each one of you, some I know more than others, but all I recognise and am in awe of your talents.

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, enjoy this mobile photography and art showcase with untapped emotion and tenderness. We have the chemistry just right, with meaningful dialogue throughout, this is a journey almost as extraordinary as 2017. Let it blow you away, breathe, relax, enjoy!

(Please note that we have included many many artists within this showcase, it is not possible to include every single artist and for that we apologise in advance).

Lights, Christmas, Action…

Many congratulations to the following artists on being featured including:

Adelino Marques, Brett Chenoweth, Meri Walker, Stefanie L.P., Francesco x, Angie Lambert, Nico Brons, Isabel Afonso, Linda Hollier, Siegfield Ferlin, Jun Yamaguchi, woltarise, karma o – Christine O’Sobczak, jillian2 – Jill Lian, Karen Axelrad, Sandra Becker, Liliana Schwitter, Louise Whiting, Sarah Kuhn, Manuela Basaldella, Wenchieh Yang, Tsvetan Ganev, Hanni K, Tom Ang, Ile Mont, Tomaso Belloni, Francesco Sambati, Kristie Michele Art, Vladislav Niko, Kim Martino, I Rome, Riamolde, Ioannis Sidiropoulos, Beate Goralczyk, Pamela Speight, Florence Oliver, Janet Reid, Tania Konnerth, Edith Meier, Maddy McCoy, Dina Alfasi, Catherine Caddigan, Susan Maxwell Schmidt, Luc Borell, Chris de Nice, Mimi Svanberg, Joseph Cyr, Bob Weil, Alegremartin, Ewelina Makos, Tracey Grumbach, Elaine, Misty Pittman, Siegfried Ferlin, BlemishedEye – David Booker, Poetic Medium, Patricia Januszkiewicz, David Hayes, Gillian Brodie, Luther Roseman Dease, II, Jo Sullivan, Chouroro, Deborah McMillion, Helen Breznik,  borisbschulz2009, Marguerite Khoury, Cristian Margarita, Brendan O Se, Ade Santora, Jennifer Bracewell, Vadim Demjianov, Marianne Rieter, David Welsh, Albion Harrison-Naish, Luison – Luis Rodriguerz, Kate Zari Roberts, Paul Toussaint, Rob Pearson-Wright, Donna Donato, Tuba, Susan Rennie, Paul Yan, columnsovsleep, Trish Korus, Giulia Baita, Maurizio Zanetti, Montse Abad, p.a. hamel, Deena Berton, Myrna, Kostas Pilot, Algremartin, Nick Kenrick, Clint Cline, Cristina Rossi, Tricia Dewey, Connie Gardner Rosenthal, Matt Kayden, Shel Serkin, Lorenka Campos, Eleni Gemeni, be.mo.re, Joe AI, Fiona Christian, Daniel Salas, Nancy McClure, Mariette Schrijver, Robi Gallardo, Davide Capponi, Beatrice Chapillon, Dan Arsenault, Giancarlo Beltrame, Jim Perdue, Gianluca Ricoveri, before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, Juta Jazz, Jeronimo Sanz, Clare Pickett, Robin Robertis, Luis Fernandez, Sara Tune, Aylin Argun, Gina Costa, Giancarlo Beltrame, Michael Trombley, Armineh Hovanesian, Giulio Giacconi, voytov Danil, Candice Railton, doc simsim, Lindy Ginn, Eliza Badoiu, rorofot, klimtt, cecilia sao thaigo, Susan Murtaugh, Claude Panneton, Amy Ecenbarger, Christine Mignon, Janice Grinsell, Tessfra, Clarisse Debout, Julia Nathanson, Damian De Souza, Hanni K, Andy Alexandre, Ger van den Elzen, Jonasz Olszewski, Mohsen Chinehkesh, Bob Weil, Klaudia Cechini, Amanda Parker, Gergely Hando, Barbara Nebel, Oola Cristina, Larissa Paschoalli, Mirza Kafi, Gabriele Rodriquez, Alla Crashenkova, Vanessa Vox, Rosa Perry, I Rome, Heather McAlister, Pier Luigi Dodi, Mel de k, Sergiy Beliayev, Lydia Cassatt, Isabel Afonso, Y F, Christine Padmore, Andrew Lucchesi, Allyson Marie, Sara Augenbraun, Anastasia Potekhina, Valeria Cammareri, Chad Rankin, Amo iPhoneography, Alan Kastner, Sina, Em Kachouro, Pascale G, Alvin Blas, Gothic Swan, Lawrence Lazare, Himanshu Roy, Adalis 3k60, Max Lazzi, Jeffrey Simpson, Jean Hutter, Carlein, Jennifer A Thomas, Kristen Fisher, Eloi Batista Fotografo, Debara Splendorio, Matt Kayden, Mara Zanetti, Jorris Martinez, Violet Martin, Eleni Gemeni, Fleur Schim, Christopher Baxter, Helge Jorgensen, Dixon Hamby.

 

 

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Mobile Photography & Art Flickr Group Showcase 22 January 2017

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"There were things that burned away at me, not only as a private individual, but also as a citizen of our century, our pixelated age. What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live, if we’re not intimately engaged with another human being? How do we connect with other people, particularly if we don’t find speaking easy? Is sex a cure for loneliness, and if it is, what happens if our body or sexuality is considered deviant or damaged, if we are ill or unblessed with beauty? And is technology helping with these things? Does it draw us closer together, or trap us behind screens"?  A quote from a book that I am currently reading by a truly wondrous writer, Olivia Laing. The book is entitled ‘The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone’. I urge you to read it. Laing wrote this book following the end of a romantic relationship and decided to leave Britain and head to New York. Essentially this book as is our Mobile Photography and Flickr Group Showcase this week, is about learning to befriend yourself. Laing goes on to say, "what matters is staying alert, staying open, because if we know anything from what has gone before us, it is that the time for feeling will not last". Please enjoy this multilayered showcase, the artists and their art, know no bounds. This is a showcase that is intrinsic to the very notion of being alive, right now.

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:

Jennifer Bracewell, Marguerite Khoury, Luison – Lrh A, Kathy Clay, Wenchieh Yang, Luis Fernandez, Liliana Schwitter, Louise Whiting, Andrea Koerner, borisbschulz2009, Michael Trombley, Poetic Medium, dinalfs, Kate Zari Roberts, Sarah Kuhn, Jun Yamaguchi, Damian De Souza, karma o – Chiristine O’Sobczak, Vladislav Niko, TheiPhoneArtGirl – Meri Walker, Tsvetan Ganev, Karen Axelrad, woltarise, Bob Eddings, Kristie Benoit, Lorenka Campos, Angie Lambert, Allyson Marie, I Rome, Pamela Speight, Hanni K, before.1st.night – Jane Schultz, Giulia Baita, Riamolde, Gianluca Ricoveri, Lorenka Campos, Gloria Sanagustin, Sina, Jenneke Tesselaar, Adelino Marques, Mimages, Jennifer Bracewell, Susan Rennie, Sandra Becker, Dominique Torrent, Giulia Baita, Dusty Baggins, Paul Yan.

Music this week ‘Free to Soar’ Katherine Peterson

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