Chicano Park iPhoneography by Tina Rice

Artist statement and photos by Tina Rice / COMBO APPS: Mobile Extreme Editing

Chicano Park by Tina Rice
Photo from the Chicano Park iPhoneography series by Tina Rice

Artist Statement by Tina Rice

Tina Rice: I’m a photography/mobile based artists. Everything I do now is from my iPhone and iPad. All my traditional photographic education came from Grossmont College and MOPA Workshops. The Digital Photography came from taking two classes at Grossomont and self taught from Flickr. I taught myself how to use a lot of the photo and art software programs. This is how I learned, how to push and manipulate pixels, since I could not do it in the darkroom anymore.

2010 when I got my iPhone 4, it changed the way I photograph and edit photos. After learning how to push pixels on Photoshop, it was easy to do this with mobile photo apps. I taught myself how to edit photos using different combination of applying photo apps on top of each other. I wanted to learn more about other photo apps and buy more of them. I was into two websites, iPhoneography (no longer exists) and Life in Lofi: iPhoneography. The websites provided reviews on photos apps, but didn’t really tell you how to operate them or go into real details.

Since I wanted to learn more with no blogs out there to teach you anything about Mobile Photography or Editing. On New Years Day 2011, I decided to write my own blog posts called Combo Apps: Mobile Extreme Editing with only a handful of readers. Today I have a few thousands readers, test photo apps for developers, write product reviews for mobile photo gear, a guest writer for Life in Lofi: iPhoneography and helping out Dan Macrolina with Mobile Masters. I even help out Android Mobile Photographers. Marty Yawnick, who publishes Life in LoFi, has quoted:
Tina Rice is The App Jedi of the Mobile Arts Movement. She dosen’t just execute a few photos apps well but hundreds of photo apps really well…!!!

Chicano Park by Tina Rice
Photo from the Chicano Park iPhoneography series by Tina Rice

Chicano Park iPhoneography

The photos that are shown from the Chicano Park iPhoneography series are taken from my iPhone 4S and edited on my iPad. The apps that were used are ProCamera (n/a), Snapseed and PicBoost. They were taken at Chicano Park. Chicano Park is over 40 years old, iconic to San Diego and part of the Hispanic Community. It is one of the most beautiful parks in San Diego with the large colorful murals, painted under the overpass to Coronado Bridge.

The park has had a lot of cultural and violent history, today the park is safe to walk around during the day and snap a few pictures. It a quiet park where you see people walking in, out and around the park, playing handball in the racquetball court, people sitting at the benches socializing or tossing a few hoops at the basketball court. You will see the occasional drunk who has passed out on the grassy knoll.

I’ve been down there twice to take photos. The first time with my DSLR and a photographer friend. The second time alone with my iPhone, early in the morning on an overcast day during May Gray.

Chicano Park by Tina Rice
Photo from the Chicano Park iPhoneography series by Tina Rice

Chicano Park by Tina Rice
Photo from the Chicano Park iPhoneography series by Tina Rice

Chicano Park by Tina Rice
Photo from the Chicano Park iPhoneography series by Tina Rice

About Tina Rice

Tina Rice was born and raised in San Diego, California. She is a photographer, blogger and out artist, who publishes step by step tutorials on extreme editing with apps on iDevices and other mobile devices at her website Combo Apps: Mobile Extreme Editing. Along with in-depth app reviews, products, mobile photo essays. You can find and follow her on Instagram @ashcroft54 or see her artworks at her Flickr photostream.

Related Links

Chicano Park iPhoneography, an essay by Tina Rice, 2013
COMBO APPS – Tina Rice’s blog
Tina Rice at Flickr

Suzie Pindar – Endless Possibilities

Dream by Suzie Pindar
Suzie Pindar – Dream, 21cm x 29.7cm, black edged wood frame 32.5cm x 42.5cm

Endless Possibilities – a group mixed media exhibition

Camden Image Gallery
174 Royal College Street, Camden, London
March 8 – 20 2014

UK artist and queer woman Suzie Pindar takes part in the exhibition titles Endless Possibilities at Camden Image Gallery in London. Suzie identifies as a Self Expressive Artist.

Artist Statement by Suzie Pindar

“I feel now as I have got stronger, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, that I am no longer surviving, or existing, I am finally living, embracing the world and all it has to offer through my art. I look at the world differently, I feel empowered by it, and I take much of my inspiration from life, lust, and love and how someone makes me feel. Random thoughts, circle my head today, contemplative, positive energy, excitement, friendships unfolding, breathing life, inspired deep in my core, wanting to share, expose, the beauty that one feels for …..”

Writings plays a big part in Suzie’s creative work. She presents some of her writings at her blog

Primal HeArt by Belle Ancell

Text & photo: Belle Ancell, Canada

Photo by Belle Ancell
Amber Dawn, writer. Photo from the Primal HeArt series by Belle Ancell

Artist Statement by Belle Ancell

Belle Ancell: The Primal HeArt series is from a photo project I was invited to participate in out of Toronto, Canada called the 10×10 Photography Project. The Project invites ten photographers from across Canada to create ten portraits of individuals who have contributed to the LGBTQ arts in their community. Those 100 portraits were shown at a Gallery in Toronto in June 2013 and also published in a photo book.

My series honored Vancouver artists and the primal heart connection to their artistic expression. I invited my ten subjects to choose words that described what their artistic expression evoked for them. These deeply intimate words were then spray painted onto their bodies by artist Carole Lagimodiere, and they were photographed semi nude.

I have experienced firsthand the vulnerability of sharing one’s art with the world and I felt that having them pose in the nude would help to illustrate that vulnerability. I also love how light and shadow can create texture, form and beauty when photographing the human body.

I endeavored to create an atmosphere of collaboration with my subjects with poses and lighting that would suit their personalities and to some extent their gender expression. Instead of posing, or imposing upon the individuals I photographed, I endeavored to create a space for them to express their heart connection through their chosen text and their body movement.

Photo by Belle Ancell
Gwen Haworth, filmmaker. Photo from the Primal HeArt series by Belle Ancell

Photo by Belle AncellMiss M, DJ. Photo from the Primal HeArt series by Belle Ancell

Photo by Belle Ancell
Noam Gagnon, dancer and choreographer. Photo from the Primal HeArt series by Belle Ancell

Photo by Belle Ancell
Eileen Kage, taiko drummer. Photo from the Primal HeArt series by Belle Ancell

About Belle Ancell
Belle Ancell is a queer photographer. She was born and raised in the Kootenays and currently lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Her primary focus is on intimate portraiture to create compelling images that reflect the visually unique qualities of her models. Belle took part in TransgressionNow, the curated visual art exhibition of the Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver 2013.

Melisa Ljubovich a Queer Artist From Bosnia

Text and images: Melisa Ljubovich
Melisa Ljubovich
Pastuvka in Zürich (Bosnian female horse in Zürich), a self portrait by Melisa Ljubovich

Artist Statement by Melisa ‘Mel’ Ljubovich

LogoMel Ljubovich: In major parts of the Balkans being transparent and queer, despite your work and other activities, are not getting on well with the general public nor with the queers themselves. Why? Are Balkan countries still places on Earth only meant for traditional nationalism and all its subtopics of sexism, normative behaviour, and lot of other ‘Gods’? – I consider this region to be one of the ‘not lethal but pretty messed up danger zones’ for queers, together with Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belorussia.

It look so silly when one need to write being transparent and being queer, when it is all supposed to be inside one fat word: QUEER, but on the Balkan queers need it spelled out in this way. One more difference is that Balkan queer culture has new face in every Balkan country. I have experienced it; some I just love and others totally horrified to me. How can a queer identity / lifestyle seem awful to queer person? To a queer artist?

I see queer as a term that describes a strong person, conscious of his / her freedom and possibilities, who is proud. S/he can make anything visible and resolve to be rude or polite, be a musician, who doesn’t want to talk to people, be performer, who tries to reach the souls of other people or a painter, who will ‘steal’ personalities and place them on paper. The term queer is founded on the queer theory, art and culture, it is not just about fucking in night clubs, but we, queers must contribute to our queer culture!

My life is pretty much outside everything this concept holds. I’m doing my painting and literature research in Bosnia, living as queer as I really wanted to live, but breathing freely only when I get outside our dear danger region. I cannot say I’m leading a bad life, not at all, but when one wonders, how come that nobody has decided to kill me yet? Because I have broken all the unwritten traditional rules and norms, then I know I’m not living at my full capacities here.

Ever Sleep by Mel Ljubovich
Ever Sleep by Mel Ljubovich

Goodbye Delirium by Mel Ljubovich
Goodbye Delirium by Mel Ljubovich

Related Link

Mel Ljubovich’s art blog

Remains of Eternity by Sif Itona Westerberg

Text by Birthe Havmoeller / Feminine Moments

Sif Itona Westerberg
Sif Itona Westerberg, photo by Birthe Havmoeller

Danish art student Sif Itona Westerberg (above) is interested in rites and systems that create and uphold social and historical power structures. I met her at her latest exhibition Remains of Eternity in Copenhagen a few weeks ago.

In the body of work presented in her latest exhibition she deals with the dilemma of investigating a subject without polluting it in the very attempt to observe it. She is taking us on a travel through time and through solid rock. She is fascinated by the contrast between the very old and undisturbed that lies in the depths of a mountain, and the ruthless ways of modern industrial mining. The main focus of the exhibition is the traces that all acts leave behind, the silent witnesses to time, and history being made and remade.

Her inspiration for this body of work is an old sci-fi short story about a group of time travelers, who take tourists back to the age of the dinosaurs. She is fascinated by the care that the travelers of this fiction take in order not to disturb the balance of the prehistoric forest and the course of time.

Installation by Sif Itona Westerberg
Installation view from Remains of Eternity by Sif Itona Westerberg, 2013. The sculpture Anti-gravitational Levitating Plaster Path // Dual Barrier and in the back Void & Object 1-8 by Sif Itona Westerberg. Photo by Birthe Havmoeller.

Sif has produced a pseudo-scientific archive titled ‘Remains for Eternity‘. One of the objects of her archive is a series of plaster slabs titled Void & Object 1-8 with impressions of fern leaves in sharp reliefs on the surface of the slabs. The fern holding some of the oldest DNA on Earth has proven its will to grow and its ability to survive for millions of years. Perhaps there is no need for her to register it and preserve it as a semi-fossil for future generations. The pure white slabs with the fern leaves are leaned against the wall of the white cube exhibition space of OK Corral in Copenhagen. By choosing the fragile media of plaster, her works are absolutely not archival proof by Nature’s standards; a fact which she is aware of. Another of her objects, Un-Earth, introduces the visitor to an aerial photograph of an open mine, where the mining industry is turning the land into an ever growing lunar landscape, in the quest to transform metal ore into steel plates. Echo, a door-size industrial steel plate installation, makes me wonder if it is a mirror that reflects ourselves? (see photo below) or a closed portal to the past or the future?

In the middle of the room is Anti-gravitational Levitating Plaster Path // Dual Barrier, a sculpture of a path way (see photo above). The symbol of a vision (or delusion?) of a safe way for us and other space travelers to walk without changing the natural environments, which we are visiting.

Sif often applies women’s crafts such as weaving, knitting, needle point, etc. in her artistic practice. For this exhibition she has made two woven blankets titled Skin (see photo below). The colors of the striped blankets are digitally translated from photos of minerals. The shoot of her weaving material (wool and silk) looks like layers of a sedimentary rock. Layers hardened to rock during millions of years are Nature’s archive; the visual evidence and ultimate proof of the ephemeral quality of ‘time that has passed’.

Detail of installation by Sif Itona Westerberg
Detail of the installation Void & Object 1-8 by Sif Itona Westerberg. Photo by Birthe Havmoeller.

Echo by Sif Itona Westerberg
Echo by Sif Itona Westerberg, 2013. Photo by Birthe Havmoeller

About Sif Itona Westerberg

Sif is a visual artist and a claymation video maker. She has a BFA from The Funen Art Academy, Odense, Denmark, and is now doing her last year at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark. ‘Remains for Eternity’ is her third solo exhibition. Alongside her creative practice she has been evolved in organizing the Copenhagen Queer Festivals and other events for young queer people, who are questioning the norms of our mainstream heteronormative culture.

Skin by Sif Itona Westerberg
Skin by Sif Itona Westerberg, 2013. Photo courtesy of Sif Itona Westerberg.