i carry your heart: Ephemeral Summer with the Grryo Contributors

i carry your heart: Ephemeral Summer with the Grryo Contributors

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[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

by E.E. Cummings from Complete Poems: 1904-1962. © Liveright Publishing Corporation

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

 

 

Valeria @ _soulkitchen_
Valeria @_soulkitchen

 

Tommy @pastorwallace
Tommy @pastorwallace

 

Andre @shutter_se7en
 Andre @shutter_se7en

 

Joe @joe_montoya

Joe @joe_montoya

 

Natalie @natmaddon
Natalie @natmaddon

 

Jeff @postaljeff
Jeff @postaljeff

 

Hector @hnato_nf
Hector @hnato_nf

 

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Andy @mobiography

 

Abe @abori
Abe @abori

 

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 Giulia @giuliam

 

Rebecca @repinsk
Rebecca @repinsk
1000 Words, Instagram Showcase : July

1000 Words, Instagram Showcase : July

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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

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.

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Cedric Blanchon

We Can Be Heroes

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. I love this kind of photo double exposure, it is not new but it’s always beautiful.

You can see more of my images on my website cedricblanchon.com.

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Mimi Svanberg

The mother of most if not all

•The Mother Of Most, If Not All•

She is the queen-bee she holds all the answers and she is our protector, she is the root of all and everything.

I’m inspired by the mystery of nature, the human body and our psyche and especially insects and the process of the metamorphosis. The mystery of life itself the hidden parts of our psyche, secrets within that we can sense but not see with complete transparency.

My images are never planned from the start, it’s a process where the image takes a life of it’s own, it’s a journey for me. A journey where I search for questions and that feeling of mystery, where the answers are almost in reach but still always hidden. I wish for the viewer to find their own mystery in my photos, their own questions and answers.

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Natali Prosvetova

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Who knows?

This is my sweetest personal model, who is my niece =) Her name is Nicky, she is 12, and is one of my favorite and graceful subjects for shooting. I would not say that all other children are my favorite subject for shooting. No! I find it [photographing children] a pretty complex process, requiring serious psychological knowledge. However, I loved Nicky, at first sight. You know, with this child who is already 12 years old, it is quite difficult to control the balance; to not cross the line when the photograph becomes too provocative. However, I really like to work with her.

One day I was fortunate to work with a russian director, who is one of the best at working with children in the russian movie industry (which is my main profession, I’m an actress). I chatted with him, asking him a lot of questions and watched him work finally making a lot of conclusions and discovering a few secrets about how to work well with children. Since then my shooting with Nicki has been great fun, filled with new discoveries and positive emotions.

And now we are just happily playing around and get great enjoyment from this process! Every new photo session with Nicky is like a new play with some rules which are agreed beforehand, each has its own story and circumstance behind it (like a screenplay). Then, forgetting about real life we immerse ourselves in a fictional story. We just have fun and I shoot it!

Apps used : Native camera iPhone5S, Retouch, Relook, Provoke (for b&w)

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Manuel Rodriguez Hermoso

And the party started, summer already arrived

And the party started, summer already arrived

This image was taken in the Nautic Club of Tenerife (Canary Islands), I don’t know this person, she was a stranger, but when I saw her, I knew I had to take a picture. I followed her and took four or five photos very nearby with my iphone 6. I like street photography very much and although on my main instagram account I have not developed this style too much, it is with my other account @shotandmore where I started with the real street photos.

To edit this image I used the apps Skrwt, Oggl, Snapped and PSexpress.

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Namrita Bachchan

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Why the mind is a three ring circus….

I’m a trained painter, and I’ve always in my paintings had a tendency to layer.. So transparencies, double exposure, and the like, come naturally to me in my photographic compositions. This particular image is a three-part portrait of the dynamics concerning the ego, the superego, and the id… and how in a given situation they will all three react in a different way which is what creates confusion and push-and-pull in the individual, because each of those psychological constructs is built to protect varying interests of the psyche, from values to image… 

I used colour as a tool to divide the portraits whilst also uniting the whole space by its overlapping, which is probably also a visual device connected to my being a painter.

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1000 Words, Instagram Showcase : June

1000 Words, Instagram Showcase : June

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Maartje Bronkhorst

Blendscape Series 2015

Blendscape Series 2015

I just love to use multiple apps and create a piece from scratch, combining different sources.

This piece consists of twelve layers, combined with apps like superimpose, modern grunge and union. I used photoshop brushes within icolorama. It’s great to be able to use them on an iPhone!!

I make mobile art as a form of relaxation and to escape the busyness of my every day life for a bit.

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Ebrahim Mirmalek

Bikers of Mirjave

Bikers of Mirjave

This image was taken in a small border town in the Sistan & Baluchestan province of Iran called ‘Mirjave’ an old railway town I happened to stop-over while I was traveling, here is where the railway of Iran ends and begins. A few years ago a cross border attack left a deep scar in this town, drug addicts still consuming drugs in old abandoned British custom houses, gasoline smugglers spewing out their dusty trace…. nothing seemed lively here,  just left with a deep feeling of desolation…while walking along the dirt roads I was surprised to see a group of kids biking around with sheer enthusiasm, here I started communicating and photographing them, they told me such heartbreaking stories from their town, these innocent children made me wonder how they are growing up and where will they all end up?

This shot is from my Sistan & Baluchestan Travel-memoir, where I traveled overland there for 2 months trying to capture my own personal experience as well as the feel and spirit of the people and their lands they dwell in…the series can be found on my website and I’m sharing my daily/weekly story of this trip on Instagram. I’ve also made a short 4min Video/Photo clip of my Journey…

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Erika C. Brothers
erikacbrothers_selfportrait

Strings of thought

For this self-portrait I wanted to represent the link of the bird (which I believe always symbolizes new opportunity) with my representation forming a connection with the thread extending to my right hand representing the power to share and connectivity. For this edition I began to form my collage in Superimpose, then use Snapseed, MonoVu and photocopier to add texture.
 

 

Pia Maselowsky

Help! I'm stuck in a box!

Help! I’m stuck in a box!

My Name is Pia Maselowsky, I’m from Germany, I’m 35 years old and my English could be better.
The title of the photo is: “Help! I’m stuck in a box!” #currentmood
The story behind this “selfie” is, that I like to put things on/over my head just for fun.
I took this picture with the face time camera of my iphone 5s and edited it in Snapseed.

 

Aylin Argun

Longest Wait

Longest Wait

Just one moment
Where paths crossed.
You-so strange and foreign,
Nothing in common.
Both on the hunt
To forget about the loneliness in us.
Just one moment
Where eyes crossed
And bodies mingled.
To recognise
The you in me.
All things sorted in black and white.
Just one moment
That my loneliness took on a darker shade of happy.

Oh. My. God.

Oh shit, wrong person.

– Kathrin Jankowiec

Apps used : Hipstamatic, BWLab

1000 Words, Instagram Showcase : May

1000 Words, Instagram Showcase : May

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Marko Mikulic

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Roki’s zen

My dog is always in the water, since he was a pup. For almost a year he’s been hypnotized with the fishes in the water. Mesmerized, always staring at the water and trying to catch them (he caught one a month ago). He is the primary subject in many of my shots. In my images I try to catch him and the nature that surrounds him. I took this shot standing a few meters above him. My goal was to create color contrast between him and the water, and to add a little mood into the image. Shot was taken in the northern part of Croatia, where the river (Mur) borders with Slovenia. 

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James Livitski

Eastern Glow

Eastern Glow

This piece titled Eastern Glow was named after a song from the band Album Leaf. I was on a big Album Leaf kick at the time, and I was creating that piece when that song came on and I remembered it being titled Eastern Glow, and I felt it was perfectly fitting to the theme of my piece. Generally, you’d find jelly fish on the Eastern coasts of Canada and New England, so I thought it was pretty amazing how well the two complimented each other. So I went with that title for the piece. I had also recently watched American Beauty for the first time in a while, and there’s this one scene where Ricky Fitts is talking about a bag and how it effects him; how there’s so much beauty in the world that he feels like he can’t take it. And this bag is just floating around blissfully with no agenda. With this image, the jellyfish are the bag. They’re just being. It helps me remind myself that sometimes you just have to look beyond what you first see because there’s always beauty to be discovered.

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Clara Torrents Canals

Give Me Five!

Give me five!

This is Max, my oldest son, he’s six years old. In this picture you can see the most authentic smile of him, I think that Max was really happy in that moment showing how dirty his hands were after an afternoon playing with his brother Teo making somersaults on the floor.
I only used the drama effect in snapseed to increase the contrast of the color in his hands and some mellow tone in vsco… I love the mellow tone!

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Renzo Grande

Friday in the city

Friday in the City

A story doesn’t always need to have multiple elements, nor it needs to come from the same common eye level angle. Stories can be told with few related elements, and by making the viewer engage always in different ways with the image. I was walking by midtown in New York and saw this lovely lady try grab a taxi. Chaos of humans and traffic was creating too much noise around what was really happening there and then… She was dressed up to conquer the city… her city. 

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Veronica Hassell

I felt you like the cool rain in a vast dry desert

I felt you like the cool rain in a vast dry desert

This image is part of a series called The Enigma Series on Flickr. I’ve often been told that my art is somewhat dark and at times evokes deeper emotions. I just begin a process of editing sometimes and the photo takes on a life of its own. I’m often inspired by the most unlikely things. I’m intrigued by how light contributes to the feeling or how color changes a mood.

The Enigma Series was just an idea that came to me from comments about my work and the deeper sometimes hidden meaning in words and art. I find inspiration from people, places, past experiences and also from photographers such as Lori Vrba and her Piano Farm seriesSally Mann’s At Twelve series and Jack Spencer. There is an endless plethora of artists and photographers who inspire me endlessly on Instagram and Flickr.
I used hipstamatic for the original shot and edited in Icolorama. I don’t get too complicated with my editing these days as I have limited time. I’ve found that having a general idea in mind and less complicated editing gives me better direction with my art. Some people hate being called artists, others prefer the label photographer. I consider myself more an artist than photographer.
I feel my work starts in a photograph and ends with an unfinished story.

Thanks so much Giulia Macario for asking and allowing me to share my ideas on my work and thanks We Are Grryo for sharing my story.

1000 Words, Instagram Showcase : March

1000 Words, Instagram Showcase : March

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Marjolaine Labiche

Trompe-l'oeil (to a place I can hide)Trompe-l’oeil (to a place I can hide)

I shot this picture at the ‘Attentive Now’ light show by Gerry Hofstetter, on 03.12.2015 at Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris.

A lot of pictures were projected onto the building walls but this eyes’ infinity was the most striking to me, and I focused on this child unintentionally echoing the statue that she pulled herself up on to look at the show. I was surprised by the way their silhouettes were looking so familiar sitting next to each other, both looking elsewhere while all these eyes and the show itself seemed to stare at them.

Living and non-living are mixed up in this scene where the omnipresence of the human’s image is mere window dressing. This picture is all about the look, in both senses of the word : how we look at things and what they look like. It wonders about the illusion of seeing reality and the chimera of human being ; so I consider it more like a trompe l’oeil.

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Patricia Hirschfeld

A message for carlos

A message for Carlos

This piece was created while reading the book Life of Pi. I felt an enormous feeling to transmit the message written in there.

“You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.”

~ Yann Martel.

This picture was taken with iPhone 6 using the native Camera and edited with VintageScene, Image Blender and VSCOCam.

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Ade Santora

Lippen

Lippen

Behind the story I made this photo or this photo series because my wife likes to use striking red lipstick, and it is very evocative of my eyes when I saw her, so, that’s where the initial idea emerged as a concept. And to make this photo more interesting, I’m planning to create a photo series with a different implementation on each photo.

For shooting and editing, first of all is the makeup of the models face, facial skin is covered with white paint, so that the red lips look more striking. After completion of makeup, I started taking pictures with ProCamera application. For editing to get the paint splash effect, I use IColorama. In addition I also use other applications for final editing like blending the image, sharpening, or changing color tone with Superimpose, VSCO Cam, PhotoPower, Afterlight and Phonto.

For the image title, Lippen is a German language, it means Bibir in Indonesia or lips in English. I used that word because I just like it.

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Sheldon Serkin

9:13 PM “Tapas”

9:13 PM “Tapas”

I shot this photo near the end of this year’s edition of the 24 Hour Project, an annual worldwide real-time street photography event. Over 2000 street photographers around the world participated this year, walking the streets of their cities and posting a new photo every hour from midnight to midnight on March 21st. For more info, please see their website 24hourproject.org, or, instagram.

This is one of my favorite shots of the day. I had been shooting about 15 hours straight when we found ourselves in the West Village in NYC. We’d lost the light, making it more challenging to find the hour’s photo. I had noticed the marbled glass of this restaurant’s windows earlier and had spent some time trying to capture a different couple at a different table to no avail. Wandering about within the half-block radius (as the day goes on, you tend to move less and less), I thankfully spied this couple and finally got the shot.

Saul Leiter’s work clearly trained my eye to see this shot, though referencing his work was not conscious; I saw the similarity only after, when several commenters pointed out this obvious inspiration. I shot the image using Oggl, with some very minor editing in Filterstorm.

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Graeme Roy

Waiting

Waiting

It’s a funny photo for me because I do so little in colour, but this one just screamed out to me of course. I was waiting at this Subway station so I was just looking for a few relaxed photos, and also found others waiting like me. I was lucky that one of my subjects decided to lean against the wall in the corner like that, sort of at the collection point of all the colours on the wall.

The tiles echo Toronto’s fantastic cultural diversity, and they actually form a mosaic of faces. If you get back far enough and squint you can see them. It’s quite clever really, because from most angles you don’t see that at all.

It’s always a good day when you can bag a photo before you’ve even started really shooting! Although I guess in fairness, who ever really stops?

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Cathrine Halsør

Bird by bird

Bird by Bird

Pure play. I love those nights when time stops and I can lose myself in this kind of creative flow. It all started with an image of a stray cat in Spain… and it turned into a whole new story.

I liked this new story, and when I found the words from Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott, it felt so right.

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time,

was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write,

which was due the next day.

We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears,

surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds,

immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead.

Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said,

“Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”

This image is created by layering some old photos in Image Blender, iColorama and Repix.

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finnicle1

The uncertainty principle, one thing secure, the rest in chaos

The uncertainty principle, one thing secure, the rest in chaos

From an original pic by @another_eye using #mdpatterns by @motiondoom #decosketch and #unionapp

I’m interested in abstract art as it can have many interpretations, depending on the person viewing it.

I also had just been reading about quantum physics and the uncertainty principle and was intrigued that the more sure you became about one thing, the more other things became not so sure (or that was how I interpreted it)

When I saw this shape it looked strong and transformative, and I thought it could show how circles, entering through the eye of perception, could maybe become less certain and chaotic and so it is with many truths’.

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Claire Jolly

Brighter

Brighter

The brightest lights tend cover the darkest of truths.  A moments respite.  Curtains and catharsis.

She makes Promises —

bright, sparkly, glittering things —

and sets them up in a row along

the horizon sun of a

brand new day.

~ Teagan @r_s_tea

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The Storytellers Vol. 4

The Storytellers Vol. 4

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Every Monday we ask our audience to share their stories with us on instagram. We would love for you to join us and share what each photo says to you.

 

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Photo Credit: Meredith Winn

Story Credit: Tommy Wallace 

 

Times had been hard in the little family shop on 9th street in South Philly. No one seemed to appreciate the deep resonating tones of the tubas his brother refurbished anymore. That meant the family was cutting corners any way they could. So on an unusually hot night in September the decision had been made. Roberto, as the oldest, knew he would be the one to take the old renovated bus behind the shop, load it with all the big horns it could hold and travel from town to town, peddling his instruments. Taking I-95 all the way to Miami he had stopped here and there in big cities and small towns and was now on the way back home. He had learned some things while out on the road: eat more than you can at cheap buffets, be careful who you trust, you can take free showers at public health centers, and you should never take family for granted. Now it was almost Christmas and he had one tuba left. It would be a hard one for him to sell. He was only about 200 miles from home and in Fredericksburg, Va. Open for business for only an hour, it began to snow. He was glad and began to smile, because he took it as a sign to keep the last tuba. This horn was the one he had played growing up as a boy and as a most precious gift, it would now be handed down to his son, Roberto, Jr.

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Photo Credit: Joe Montoya 

Story Credit: Kelly Rogers 

After many years of being a slave to the masses, Santa packs it in and moves to SoCal. After many failed attempts at trying to make friends with the local surfers he decides to pack up his pet crab and head north.

03March3

Photo credit: Francesco

Story credit: Susan Peck

Franco’s back was hurting worse than usual today. Stress, for certain, but today his back was complaining even before Franco climbed the 4 flights of stairs to the room that had been his office, his place of work for the past 4 decades. The empty box in his hand already felt weighted by the books, papers and assorted detritus he was about to fill it with. His boss, a man young enough to be Franco’s son’s son, had just told him to clear it all out – today. A grown man’s entire career, reduced to a jumble of piles of files. Jumbled like Franco’s feelings, his thoughts, and in ruins like his life. “How did I get here?” he asked himself, as he reached the bottom of the stairway that had a path worn down by 40 years of his own footfalls.

03March4 Photo credit: Igor C.

Story credit: @grandreopening

When Ellsworth drifted off mid sentence, Bill and the fellas didn’t really notice, Ellsworth had a habit of it. Sometimes he’d stop gnawing on his customary bologna and mustard sandwich part way through a bite, the crust left to bob on his lip like a limp, over-chewed stoogie. Bill knew one day a seagull would swoop down and steal the damn crust before Ell ever got back to chomping. Goddamn, Bill yearned for the day. He was half tempted to bait the sidewalk just to get those birds worked up before Ol’ Ellsworth even opened his lunch pail. Today it wasn’t a slipping of well-worn mental gears that commanded the pause, Ellsworth was grinning like a goddamn Cheshire cat, eyes twinkling like daytime fireworks. Bill followed his gaze, soon the other fellas did too. Across the street in front of Maelene’s Hairport Mrs. Cheryl Tompkins stood at the curb, head tipped back shaking out her freshly blessed curls, her back arched back as it was, her majestic chest was displayed boldly up to heaven itself. It was common knowledge in at least a three county radius that Mrs. Cheryl Tomkins hadn’t worn a bra since 1971. It was equally well understood that were she to live to 127 her otherworldly large, firm breasts would likely never need one.

03March5

Photo credit: Veronica Hassell

Story credit: Ariana Trinneer

 

She paused for a second thinking of all she would leave behind … Knowing that the minute she stepped out the door, everything would change ….

1000 Words Instagram Showcase : February

1000 Words Instagram Showcase : February

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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 by 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!

the handlers

The Handlers

Darren Nicholls

These two security personnel supply safe passage for an interstellar collective known as “the other people place” who dimension shift between alternate realities manipulating society for their own success and reaping the rewards throughout the ages via mass exploitation. To cut a long story short in our society they may go by the names of illuminati or jesuits aka secret societies……. print at your own risk.

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Let's play!

Let’s Play!

Mirko Saviane 

I live in the province of Venice. Not too far from the beautiful island called Burano. I recently decided to start documenting life in this beautiful fishing village using a different approach from the past. I pay more attention to detail than the usual panoramic postcard, and I try to focus more on the connection between the locals and the unique architecture of this place. Then I started a series on the clothes lines in Burano (details) and a series of photos on everyday life in Burano (connections) – ‘Let’s play’ is a part of this.

The photo was taken at 12:22pm. I used vscocam (C5 preset) to make the light more soft and warm.  I also used a new app by Pixite (shift) to emphasize the light. I usually try to focus on a single subject: I like simple and effective images. That’s why I tried to keep this image, with a group as a subject, as clean as possible.

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When worlds collide

 When the Worlds Collide

Tuba Korhan

Our perception is not shaped with only our five senses but also by learning, memory, personal expectations and attention. Our beliefs or knowledge of the world affects our ways of seeing. So do we see what is really there?

The original photo was captured with the native camera of an iPhone5, which belongs to my Mannequin series.

While editing I used many apps such as Snapseed, Repix, Deco Sketch. I uploaded the edited photo to AddLib app, which automatically generates three different images. The colliding spheres reminded me the dilemma of perception. I edited the text in the app to resemble the four dimensions – time and space. Then I used one of my favorite formulas in Mextures to achieve the final image.

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kate-trafeli_walkingangel

Walking Angel

Kate Trafeli 

This image captured both a feeling and a moment in time. It was the proverbial dark and stormy night and the cold weather matched my own sombre mood after a long day with numerous obstacles that I couldn’t seem to overcome; I was taking the long way home to clear my head. I try not to take for granted the many beautiful small moments and places here in my adopted land (Italy) even when feeling very ‘blue’. When I heard footsteps and saw a young woman walking ahead of me, I hurriedly took this photograph with my phone.

In looking at the picture later that night I was struck by the feeling of movement, the illusion her arms made of wings and the way the archway and the light framed the composition. I tried to highlight these elements and the feeling of mystery such a moment creates. To me this picture is about how one’s perspective can change–well, if not everything– “enough”. Like Jimmy Page allegedly once said: ‘I’m just looking for an angel with a broken wing’. Aren’t we all?

I shot it with the Camera+ app (it tends to do fairly well even at night), and then edited it at home later that evening using the Stackables, Effexy and Filterstorm apps.

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The first night of carnival

The First Night of Carnival

Steven A.J. Beijer 

The first night of carnival in Barcelona, accompanied by drums, people dressed as giants, singing children, masks and of course plenty of ear-shattering fireworks.

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INDIE TAGS: #NYEKUNDU

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Indie Tags: NYEKUNDU by Hector Navarro

 

My purpose here is to to discuss those creative and inspiring “Hashtags” (#) that in some way were fundamental in the early months of Instagram.  They became ways in which you could discover and meet amazing and talented people, sharing similar ideas and obsessions.

These were certainly fun days where at times I found myself trying to catch snapshots to fit into one of these topics.  Something I enjoyed was when a photo could belong to more than one of these hashtags. I think this didn’t have much to do with photography but the intention was to explore, share and enjoy.

INDIE TAGS –  born from the idea that they are very distinct labels and separate from all those that are popular and full with a lot of trash and spam.

I was able to co-create several Indie Tags.  They were created with great friends with two purposes: 1. have fun and 2. find people who share the same idea and similar tastes that caught our eyes.  These images could be shared in seconds with the aim of a thematic visual pleasure.

I hope you enjoy this hashtag and I will publish the other Indie Tags soon, with a specific showcase every time.

INDIE TAG 1: #NYEKUNDU 

In the month of February we see plenty of red everywhere, so I’m starting with the tag #Nyekundu.

#Nyekundu was created on 23-09-2011 by Hans; there are currently 2190+photos in the gallery.

“Nyekundu – in my point of view – is about sharing the interest and mutual love of the color red. The color of life, passion, joy and love – red means so many different things to us. And that’s what’s so cool about it. It affects us differently. Nyekundu is about all of that—and the color red. I think the reason that I chose a Swahilian name for the tag was that it wouldn’t be too obvious. My idea was that it should stand apart from more obvious tags and make people wonder a bit. That, plus I think that Swahili is a cool language. Maybe I should add that I don’t speak Swahili at all.” – Hans

I remember having early discussions on whether there should be any rules for the tag, like there should be at least 50% red in the picture, but (thankfully) we never got there. It was just about having red in pictures, no matter how much.

The following 15 images are chosen by Hans, Suzanne and myself:

Photo by :  @thenadj

Photo by :  @artverso

Photo by :  @artpen

Photo by : @debralandis

Photo by : @Kenflik

Photo by : @norbertvannunen

Photo by : @momisonig

Photo by : @il_david

Photo by : @evhane

Photo by : @evhane

Photo by : @clarkey

Photo by :  @photoplatz

Photo by : @onuria

Photo by : @tato_62

Photo by : @ximoteo

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SUZANNE BEARD 

I’m a proud, uncomplicated Northern Californian residing just a few miles north of San Francisco.  While I love to photograph people (and my pug Fergus), my images often showcase pieces of local landscape and all that I find to be naturally beautiful about the place I call home. But, that being said— I do not view my world with a single “lens” or represent it using a single photographic style; you’ll find  glitch art next to wet-plate processes and mobile photography alongside DSLR work in my portfolio. I enjoy curating the Nyekundu tag on Instagram with Hans and Hector, and am so pleased that the  collection has attracted the quality of “art celebrating red” that it has– we hope you’ll join us!

Follow her: Instagram / Flickr

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HANS FREDIN

A good picture is a good picture is a… Don’t ask me what a good picture is though. I can’t tell you. For me it’s all about a feeling. Whether it’s abstract, a nature scene, a smiling kid or a graphic image — you know a good picture when you see one. The image hits something that’s already within you.

I’m Hans. I’m working as something so poetic as a procurement consultant in the real-estate business and live in a southern suburb of Stockholm, Sweden. Mobile photography became real for me in late 2010. The simplicity to take a photo, the ability to edit it – wherever, whenever… My imagination has been running away with me ever since.

Follow him: Instagram

Decim8 This with Paula

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Welcome to Week 28 of #Decim8nday’s Decim8 This.

Every Sunday @Decim8nday will post an original / unedited image submitted by our guest editor of the week.

Decim8ors are to:

  • Screenshot the image and save to their camera roll
  • Decim8 the image using any singular or combination of effects
  • We ask that no other apps are used and that images are processed only with the Decim8 app
  • List each effect used and hashtag it with #Decim8nday and #Decim8this_( guest editor’s username)
  • Post by Tuesday, 9:00 AM PST for a chance to get featured here and on @Decim8nday Wednesday!
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This week we welcome Paula, @paularoo, as guest editor!

About the image:

‘Yellow Fellow’ was taken whilst on holiday on the South Coast of Natal..we couldn’t swim in the sea as there were shark sightings, so I went to shoot. Love the primary yellow contrast with the blue sky minimal feel!

Her top 3 Decim8-ions are:

1. @thelostletter

I was torn between “ring of fire” (love that one!!!!!) and “it was too far to climb” ( add “fire mountain” to the title) I chose “it was too far to climb fire mountain”..love the dark forboding mountain in the foreground holding the promise of adventure and enlightenment for those who dare to venture there.

2. @benthicnash

“Windswept Heath”  love the cracking open of the sky and crumbling inwards falling feel of a collapsing structure.

3. @iguberman

“Alien Sea Creature” this alien sea creature destroying Yellow Fellow is way too interesting to ignore! Love how Yellow Fellow shows one last attempt at saving himself with a yellow block (spear) before he falls prey to the alien.

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The Cr8ors of Decim8nday [ @suz4nne_ and @david_baer ] and I thank you, Paula, for playing along this week!  We hope you’ll participate again soon!

Stay tuned next week as Julienne [ @knoxmomi ] takes the editor’s seat for week 29.

Decim8 This with David

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Welcome to Week 26 of #Decim8nday’s Decim8 This.

Every Sunday @Decim8nday will post an original / unedited image submitted by our guest editor of the week.

Decim8ors are to:

  • Screenshot the image and save to their camera roll
  • Decim8 the image using any singular or combination of effects
  • We ask that no other apps are used and that images are processed only with the Decim8 app
  • List each effect used and hashtag it with #Decim8nday and #Decim8this_( guest editor’s username)
  • Post by Tuesday, 9:00 AM PST for a chance to get featured here and on @Decim8nday Wednesday!
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This week we welcome David, @dmreidmd, as guest editor!

About his original image:

This was taken on my recent trip to Asheville, North Carolina. Lots of nice shops–this is the window display in one of them. There’s a lot going on in this picture and I hope that will translate well into Decim8!!

His top 3 Decim8-ions are:

1.  @judibooty

Judi’s edit creates one very impressive new star out of many and retains some of the original too! I loved the cool colorful rays!

2. @mudsock

I liked Michael’s shot as much for the idea as for its cool, minimal look! Taking a busy picture of stars and reducing it to a solitary, quiet one in space was inspired!

3. @hipstashutter

Gerry’s picture made me think of a space alien from a distant STAR arriving on earth and discovering to his joy that we have beer in the bottle! Great job!

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The Cr8ors of Decim8nday [ @suz4nne_ and @david_baer ] and I thank you, David, for playing along this week!  We hope you’ll participate again soon!

Stay tuned next week as Shannon [ @sadogre ] takes the editor’s seat for week 27.

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