Apps Uncovered 29 April 2018 – This and that

This weeks Selection by Stef LePape.

What place will mobile arts and photography hold in the history of art?
Some might recall days when digital arts weren’t as appreciated as their traditional counterparts.
Some might feel that a negative impressed upon paper solidifies moments captured… more so then zeros and ones, perhaps with good cause. If any of you have ever lost your precious pixels via some data flaw or corrupt system –a cloud service that decides to trash your items because of failure to pay— you know how heartbreaking that can be.
Art appreciation these days might lean towards cyber viewing as opposed to outings to a museum or event.
Its convenient… its brought attention to artist who might never have had an audience.
Does it leave a lasting impression? We build favorite folders of work we appreciate; but do we ever look back?
I’d like to think that platforms like this create the means by which impressions last.
While it is no doubt selective- we can only hope / trust that curating eyes are seeing objectively- seeing more–even if it is faulty at best.
I’d like to think these platforms serve as some sort of digitally lasting record of mobile arts progression.
Maybe some day we’ll return to these pages to find stagnant silence…
until then we all should work at creating our own tactile records.

For now…there is this…

Burrowing through the photo pool of IPC there was no particular theme that caught my eye.
Thanks to all who submit their work for consideration.
Note: If you’d like your images to be considered for use in our weekly Apps Uncovered feature, upload them to our Flickr group and then be sure to list the apps you used to create your image. Consider adding the “backstory” describing your creative process, and be sure your photo is configured to allow Sharing/Embedding within Flickr.

Today’s featured artists, Mark Walton,Elaine Taylor, Jiri Dvorak, Başak Aytek, Tyler Hewitt, Lorenka Campos, Deborah McMillion, Giulia Baita, for allowing us to show your work and enlighten our readers with how and why you created the images you did.

In addition to today’s Apps Uncovered please follow links for the following 2 articles:
Slow shutter Sunday with Carlein and Alan Kastner.


Spotlight feature On Jamie Heiden


We are hoping to have spotlight features in the future.

For today’s featured photo I’ve chosen one by Mark Walton. There were so many other ones it was difficult to choose. These were taken from this weeks pool. Do visit his gallery for a look see. He has a keen eye for abstract compositions which also read as minimalism with great textures.



Mark Walton

In general though I would say I photograph what attracts my eye and I am often drawn to things which perhaps are overlooked.

I only use Camera+ and rarely use filters, not that I think there’s anything wrong with that. I might tweak the brightness and contrast


Mark Walton

I only use Camera+ and rarely use filters



Blackpool Beach 5

Blackpool Beach 5 * Elaine Taylor

Apps used: Hipstamatic

The photo was taken for my 365 project and, as with all images in my project, I shot and edited it with Hipstamatic through my iPhone (in this case, my new iPhone X). I played around with different lens/film combos in the app until I found the one I liked (Jack London / Irom 2000), then made some adjustments to the highlights and shadows to brighten the image and enhance the colours a little. These are my sons, Charlie and Billy, on Blackpool beach UK. We made a last minute decision to drive there for the fairground rides (my boys are adrenaline junkies!). We were pleasantly surprised by the weather that day, so headed for a wander on the beach. I’m not sure many people were expecting it to be so nice as the place was deserted. I took a few shots as the boys chatted. It’s not very clear, but if you look close enough it looks like Charlie is balancing that little person in the distance on his phone, and showing it to Billy. Pure accident.





Jiri Dvorak






Başak Aytek

Hipstamatic Oggl





Tyler Hewitt

Apps used:  Snapseed for basic adjustments and B&W conversion, hand colored in Procreate.

The photo was shot a couple of years ago at the natural history museum on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, MI. This particular display, if I’m remembering correctly, was part of a 3D plastic model showing microscopic life found in pond water. That museum is full of old, very retro looking ( and charming) dioramas. I’ve always enjoyed visiting there for that reason. I recently heard they were moving to a new building, and I fear those great old dioramas won’t be included in the new space. I’m hoping they survive.



What if...

What if… Lorenka Campos

Apps used: Superimpose, iColorama, ArtStudio and Snapseed.
Backstory: A constant state of what if. Our minds run rampant with guilt and doubt.


Look At Me

Look At Me * Deborah McMillion

Apps used:
Sketchbook-my go to app to assemble, work or paint things, also has 16 blending effects, a very good scanner, and other enhancers.

PhotoWizard: Interesting to use effects (and such a delicate plaster effect) the background line work utilizes this. First the clouds were softened both color and texture with Seaweed/Formulas. Photowizard used to have an HD iPad version but they chose not to upgrade it. For the man in the far back I used Graffiti Me, always fun to add a noir look.

Jackie and Carlos came together by good timing. Carlos is a Grand Canyon hiking community favorite. He was a rescue-a real rescue getting lost in the Canyon is not usually fortuitous. My husband wanted me to feature him as I did (and do) another very special dog of a friend’s. At the same time I was trying to use my friend Jackie’s wonderful expressiveness in a piece when Carlos’ images came in. Coincidence? Maybe, but I just had to get these two together.


Beyond the Clouds. Made with iPad 10.3.3 (14G60)

Beyond the Clouds * Giulia Baita

Apps used: WordSwag, DistressedFX , Snapseed, PicsArt,  Repix.

I used a light blue background from WordSwag and then I added clouds from DistressedFX. I got textures and tonality with Snapseed, then the wire with the birds from DistressedFX, the woman who climbs with the balloons from PicsArt and the small light points from Repix.


The image comes from a dream, an idea and an emotion. I decided to sign this image (which I never do) to move the balance and the rhythm of the image. It is a graphic sign that gives balance. In this image, rhythm and composition are subjects as important as meaning.



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