When Less Isn’t More: an exhibition by Paula Broom

I am a visual artist and iPhoneographer, currently working on an exhibition and social media project that explores issues of biodiversity loss, extinction and conservation. In March and April this year, scientists at the Australian Museum kindly opened their doors and allowed me access to photograph threatened and endangered native species, mostly lesser known invertebrates from their collections, and ask them endless questions about their research . . . Paula Broom

The Storytellers Vol. 8

As soon as the car stopped he was out and off like a shot. “If I can just make it to the other side of those bushes and trees ahead,” he thought, “I will be the first of momma’s kids to explore this great new world.”

My Small Way

Actopan is one of the communities near the city of Pachuca which is the capital of the State of Hidalgo, in Mexico. The name ‘Actopan’ comes from the Otomí: Man’uts’i and means my small way. On the 13 July 2015, they held the 469th anniversary of the founding of the town, a tradition which they continue every year. This is where my story begins of how Don Juan Erbinio Pérez López worked for more than 40 years in the very heart of this fair. Don Juan talks to us about the traditions of the fair, which was created to celebrate the anniversary of the Actopan district. This place is full of culture and amazing food, and is home to a unique style of grill cooking. A competition exists specifically on the subject of barbecue and at each event there are three places, first place takes the title of being the best barbacoyero of the country. For the winner this is a huge honour, since Actopan is known as the place where the best barbecue exists in all of Mexico. Don Juan who now works the streets of the fair, shows us photos of back when he was a truck driver. Even after his accident where he lost both of his legs, he continued working as a trailer driver. After a time he was already very tired from so many years of being on the road and driving, it was then that he chose to continue his life as a bolero or shoe shiner. In the words of Don Juan he says “there is no better way to describe this fabulous fair than with photography”. It is here while he works that Don Juan...

Sorry Dad, You’ve Been Chopped

Do your kids love to watch reality TV cooking shows? Mine do. I thought it was a good thing — though lately, I’m not so sure. My wife and I both like to cook, and honestly, it’s one of the few common interests we have. So when our children began to take interest in a variety of these shows, we were excited. Here it was, a fun family activity we could all enjoy together! Little did we know what path we were about to embark upon. Here — along with photos taken by some Instagram friends — are a few things to watch out for. photo credit: Meredith Rilley It starts out innocently… They begin speaking in a British accent at dinner time. Usually this is manifested in phrases like ‘needs a bit more seasoning,’ and ‘I don’t think mine has quite enough sauce.’ It’s endearing. The first time. They ask why you don’t own an assortment of specialty kitchen equipment. It may start with the color-coordinated stand mixer. But soon it’ll be the kitchen torch, the mandoline and maybe even a sous vide machine. (Go ahead, google it) photo credit: Richard Hill Then, things start to get worse… You’re out at the local family diner and they order ‘frites’ instead of french fries. You cover by translating for the waitress, after you finish telling her that it’s OK that the chicken nuggets aren’t panko-crusted. They request a birthday cake that requires fondant and, upon completion, four grown men to move it. Never mind that they even know what fondant is now. In addition, they expect you to sculpt...

A Day in the Life of Storytellers Circle

Storytellers Circle is a wonderful place where lines flow from the creative imaginations of followers in Gryyo’s Instagram group. All of this is spurred on by the inspiring images gleaned from the #wearegrryo and #grryo tags. Join us to experience or contribute to some magical moments.     “Metamorphosis” The Photo Team Photo: Tony Nahra Edit: Valeria Cammareri Now beginning its ninth month, Storytellers Circle on Grryo’s Instagram account has become a weekly feature many anticipate. The formula is simple. An inspiring photo says something to the heart of our followers and those interpretations find their way into the comment section. Some storytellers swoop in for a season and then move on to tell their stories elsewhere. Occasionally some magic happens when a follower threads short lines, only to have someone else add to it. Soon a beautiful tale is woven together to accompany the inspiring image. This happened a few weeks ago so we are featuring the excellent photo/story collaboration that took place then, plus the added treat of Valeria’s inspiration behind the photo. The Story Team Jeff Kelley Rose Sherwood Nancy Dimock The Story A passerby had just told him his shadow had magically taken on an avian form. Did he dare turn around and look? Or would that just prove he was gullible? That one persistent gull followed him back to his home, but something was different. He began to develop a craving for fish. Any kind of fish! It freaked him out because he is allergic to seafood! The Backstory – Valeria Cammareri Just a few words about the making of this shot. I have always been impressed by...

1000 Words, Instagram Showcase : July

  Grryo believes that mobile photographers/artists tell stories through the photographs/images and art that represents their families, their environment, themselves. This is important because of the level of communication that is portrayed in imaging today. We want to support the mobile arts community having a place for artists to share, discuss, and critique (if requested by individual). These dialogues help the individuals and the community to grow. We look forward to you and your art. We thank you for your contribution to the mobile photography/arts community. Join us by tagging your images #wearegrryo or #grryo. We hope to see you there!   Emma Amar Blue Hotel Through my pictures I try to communicate a sensation, my different states of mind. I’m an unconditional lover of David Lynch and for this image I watched Blue Velvet. I shot this palm tree on the road and after I blended this together with my self portrait, et voilà! I have quickly become passionate about iphoneography and the power of differents apps, with my pictures I use several softwares. For this one I used Paintfx and Icolorama. Generally, I take my picture and make it really by feeling, depending on the mood of the day. I almost always do self portraits. instagram  |  eyeem  |  facebook   Cedric Blanchon We can be heroes Why this title? Right now I am listening to David Bowie a lot, and when I created this picture I was listening to his song We Can Be Heroes. The title goes well, you can imagine a lot of things, a photo, a reference title and we can use our imagination to make a story. This is a photo exhibition created with the dual Union app, Mextures, and Cameramatic....

Lumenaire and the Celebration of Youth

  I was more or less a novice on Instagram two years ago, and I can still remember that jaw-dropping feeling when I came across @lumenaire’s account: a guy was sitting as a king on a purple sofa, with a girl lying on another sofa in the background, with her legs artfully saying “Hi!”. Viewing the scene and its elegant composition, the gorgeous staging and the vibrant colours– I was in awe. I’ll never get over this place. Instagram is full of users taking shots of their kids, so why is her work so different and impressive? The answer is in how powerful her characters are; when framed they stop being her children and their friends, and become something important to the observer. Through a superb editing process she turns them into icons of youth: they are there, but far away. Not common human beings, but rather, deities living in another dimension. I don’t want to hold her down, don’t want to break her crown. What she does is this: she takes something strictly personal, and gives us rather a timeless sense of youth’s myth. The power of this period of life explodes in her images, through vibrant colours and their bodies’ sensual details. I’ll be waiting in my trunk, with the engine of your car. There are many ways of looking at her work, depending on the observer’s eyes. Adolescents may feel a sense of pride and identification.  If the observer is a parent, then tenderness,  or perhaps a nostalgic sense of the lost golden era of youth for those who are young no longer. Van Gogh’s favourite swimming hole Going back to that...