Honorable Mention in 2022 Mobile Photography Awards

They announced the 2022 MPA (Mobile Photography Awards) recently and I was ecstatic to receive an honorable mention for “Within Reach.” I’m so very thankful.

Selected for “Your Dream is You 2022” Exhibition

I just found out today that I was selected for the 2022 “Your Dream is You” exhibition. This is the second year of the exhibition and they intend to make it an annual one. Last year it was to be held in Istanbul, but Covid forced the exhibition online and they’ve decided to keep the online format this year. I’m really honored to be part of the group of artists selected this year. They are all truly talented mobile artists! Here’s a video with the images that will be in the exhibition: https://www.facebook.com/saricizmelimmi/videos/837950940691649

This is the image of mine they chose: “lady lazarus (mary).” It’s a recent one, about resurrection and healing. New life.

Two Honorable Mentions in Mobile Photography Awards!

I entered the Mobile Photography Awards (MPAs)–one of the most important and prestigious events in the mobile photography /art world– for the first time in 2020. I was gobsmacked to find that I received an honorable mention. As I wrote in an earlier blog, I had looked at the MPAs over the years for inspiration and had never seen myself as someone who would (could?) have an image in its yearly award collection. I entered again for 2021 and was floored to actually have two images receive an honorable mentions. The results came out in late February, so I’m late (as usual) in reporting awards, but it doesn’t mean any less to me because I’d not put it here yet. I am still so thankful and excited!

On the Brink of Love

within reach

This piece, “within reach,” began with me looking back at the “past lives” series I had created not too long before. I was looking at the characters in the series and decided I would explore aspects of the same story even if it was with different characters. As usual, when I started I didn’t have an “end” in mind but I let the story and idea unfold as I worked. What came was the story of two people on the brink of love. She desires it and is reaching for it. He has it in his hands and simply needs to give it to her. It hasn’t happened yet. But it’s close.

Here’s the “past lives” series:

Hope in Dark Times

the lost bouquet

I created “the lost bouquet” in August. A friend, after seeing it, asked me if I was okay. Several works before had appeared cheerier. I told her I was doing fine. “the lost bouquet” isn’t about grief or loss. It’s about hope in that darkness. It’s about the growth that happens when we can’t see or feel it yet. It’s about the beautiful bouquet we grow when the one we had disappeared.


New Life Exhibition in Cagliari, Italy!

the next phase: trust

I felt honored to have “the next phase: trust” exhibited in “The New Life Exhibition” in September at the Fondazione per l’arte Bartoli Felter, in Cagliari (Sardinia), Italy! Recently I’ve been using butterflies in lots of my images. I see them as a representation of new life, of starting again after the ravages of Covid in 2020 and the first of this year. We still have a ways to go on that front, but there is hope. The butterflies have also represented a feeling of renewal in my own life in ways of thinking, creating, being. I look forward to seeing my wings emerge…

emergence: the process


Every now and then I like to give a little look “behind the scenes” of my creative process. I did this before with “we build with what we can: the process” and I wanted to do a new one with a popular recent piece, “emergence.” The video doesn’t give every step in the process of its creation, but it does give the highlights.

This piece was created on my iPad pro using mobile apps. In the video I will use abbreviations for the main app used in that frame. These are the apps referenced: Stackables, MB (MetaBrush), IB (ImageBlender), SN (Snapseed), DFX (DistressedFX), IC (iColorama), SIX (Superimpose X). The figure is actually the one I had created quite a while ago (also with my iPad) but had never finished. The new style in the last frames was obtained with “triangles” in iColorama.

I hope you enjoy this!

MDAC 2021 Mobile Photography/Art Winner

One of the most important conferences and exhibitions for mobile photography and art is the Mobile Digital Arts and Creativity Summit in Palo Alto, CA each year. This year the Summit was both physical and virtual (last year, when I won an “Honorable Mention,” it was only virtual due to Covid-19). I was so incredibly thrilled (and surprised!) to be declared a Winner this year! So very honored. This is the piece that won: “past lives: silent renunciation.” It’s the first of five images in my “past lives” series.

past lives: silent renunciation

Honorable Mention in Mobile Photography Awards!

The MPA (Mobile Photography Awards) is one of the most prestigious and important events for the mobile photography and art community. I used to enjoy perusing the winning entries of the MPAs every year, never dreaming that one day I would be a participant, much less chosen for any type of award. This past year I actually entered, and was incredibly surprised to find that my image “agency,” was selected for Honorable Mention in the Digital Art category for the 2020 awards. The results were announced in February. (And yes, I know I am soooooooo behind with news for the blog!) I am so thankful for this award, but also for all the support I’ve felt in the mobile arts community. It’s really an amazing group of people who care about art and support each other. Without them, I know I wouldn’t have made the art I have in the past couple of years and definitely wouldn’t have had the courage to enter any contests. If you are interested in participating in the mobile art community and don’t know where to start, shoot me a message on the contact page. I hope to write a blog post soon about participating in the community.

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