The past 12 months have been a fantastic journey. Along the way I have had the privilege of meeting many talented mobile photographers and have been inspired by so many more.

As we approach the festive season I thought it would be interesting to invite 24 mobile photographers who have inspired and supported me in one way or another and ask them to offer an insight into their photography, to reflect on their year gone by or plans for the coming year ahead.

Each day until Christmas Eve we will be featuring one photographer in a sort of online advent calendar so to speak.

Today’s featured photographer is Paula Gardener. As well as being a very talented mobile photographer, she is also a fellow member of the We Are Juxt community and was a contributing artist to the book ‘The Art of iPhone Photography’.

My mobile photography take away from the past year is…


Imagine a young tree in a middle of a forest that’s probably been in existence for hundreds of years. It is trying to establish itself amongst the well-rooted elders. With rebellious determination searching for a spot in the sunlight, it grows strong beyond the expectations of the forest.

That’s how I see Mobile Photography, amongst the founded and recognised arts of today. As technology advances, producing new ways to document life. So have we, embracing these changes, while adapting them to our own way of life.

This past year we have witnessed a growing spurt in our young tree, mobile photography has become a force to reckon with. Worldwide the media has paid homage to the wonderful and very talented mobile photographers and artists. They have produced exceptional work, using this new medium we call mobile photography.

Yes I suppose you could say it is just an extension of conventional photography. On the other hand you have to look at the possibilities it has produced since it’s conception. Would social media be as great as it is today without mobile photography. Photojournalism has taken on a whole new meaning, now the editors look beyond the photographer on their payroll. Instead they reach out to you and me on Twitter or Instagram requesting permission to use our work. There are those that berate how it has brought out the worse in mankind. Producing self-centred, obese personas constantly craving the next fix of a critically acclaimed FAVE!

Despite these negatives, mobile photography has awakened the talents of so many of us. Talents that laid dormant for years, it has brought together a community of artists that I have grown to love. Sites like , WeAreJuxt, Eye’em and Flickr are just a few that have a wealth of talented photographers and artists.

Most of all, mobile photography has made the realisation of hope a reality. The work I have been able to produce, the people I have met, the projects I have been involved in, with many more to come.

They were all distance hopes and dreams, but now they are a beautiful and inspiring reality.

Connect with Paula Gardener

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