The theme of this week’s Mobiography showcase challenge was ‘Love, Tenderness and Affection’. A theme that lended itself perfectly to valentine’s week. The photos selected for this weeks showcase illustrate how different photographers have approached this subject. I think each and every photo tells it’s own story beautifully.

Featured photographers this week include: Ann Hecht, Joseph Cyr, Erhan Gurkan, Grace Brignolle, Marcus Walter, Pier Luigi Dodi, Lori Hillsberg, Richard Goodwin, Elaine Taylor, and Victor Diaz.

Take part in next week’s showcase challenge

The theme of this coming week’s showcase will be ‘Stunning Landscapes’. For this challenge think about sharing your best landscape vistas, stunning seascapes, forest scenes and nature at its best.

To enter the challenge simple start sharing your images of ‘Stunning Landscapes’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the #mobiography_challenge_17. on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in next weeks showcase, so get sharing now.

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Untitled‘ by Ann Hecht – “These two go for a walk every morning at low tide. Always hand in hand. Shot on iPhone 6 in color. I decided to convert it to black and white in snapseed.”

Tree of hearts on the Jetty

Tree of hearts on the Jetty‘ by Joseph Cyr – “It was during the trip to Asia when I took this photo when I first realized the potential of using my iPhone for taking more than just incidental snapshots. I took this while on a neighborhood walk right after arriving in the town where my uncle was living, and I had my iPhone 4 in my pocket. Weeks later, after returning home, I got the snapseed app and began editing some images, and this is one of my favorites from that part of Korea. (I used snapseed for exposure correction, ‘detail’ to bring out the texture of the clouds, and a bit of vignetting to add a feeling of nostalgia to the scene.)

On a jetty jutting out into the Sea of Japan, this metal tree of hearts is a rendezvous spot on the NE coast of South Korea. Visitors from all over Asia come to the city of Sokcho, just south of the DMZ and just up the coast from where this year’s Winter Olympic events are taking place, to eat seafood and to see where scenes in “Autumn in my Heart,” one of the first internationally famous “K-dramas,” were filmed.

The neighborhod around this jetty was settled by refugees fleeing the North during the Korean War, who found this spit of land to settle on – just temporarily, they thought. Squeezed between the sea and a harbor, they built makeshift homes on impossibly small plots of land, waiting for the war to settle so they could return to their villages and farms up north. Then, after three years of bloodshed, the DMZ was established, and they were stuck. With the road home cut, these families had nowhere to go, and so they stayed. Many of the refugees are older, and in their dialect ‘ah-bah-ee’ means grandfather and that’s how this refugee-camp morphed into a permanent neighborhood called “Abai”…

Today, it’s full of seafood restaurants with aquariums of live seafood, going for your pre-dinner swim… And so tourists from all over Asia end up here, waited on by the children and grandchildren of refugees from the world’s last Cold War potential hot spot…

And that’s a bit of geopolitical context from behind the scenes, beyond the saber-rattling political headlines…”

Love for everyone Chicago/USA

Love for everyone Chicago/USA‘ by Erhan Gurkan – “The story behind this photos is a simple one. I found this love sign and spent quite a bit fo time waiting for the right person to walk in front of it. I also thought it was perfect timing for valentines day and hope for love to all.”

Stairs to heaven

Stairs to heaven‘ by Grace Brignolle – “When I first saw these two people, I noticed the child falling down, crying, and not wanted to cooperate. I then observed the grandfather who was talking to the child softly, and guiding her gently. This photo didn’t have any meaning to me at first because it was just a moment that I had captured. However, after a while I started connecting with the photo because I was going through a rough time. I started singing and connecting with the picture, as the grandfather was, as he held the hand of the child. I felt that God was holding my hand as well, and guiding me through those hard times, this is the reason why I call it ‘Stairs to Heaven'”

Love and Gratitude

Love and gratitude‘ by Marcus Walter – “Love and gratitude is what the kids in Nepal radiate. On my travel through Asia I loved photographing the innocent kids, especially in Nepal which is one of the poorest countries in Asia. The children there are humble and full of love. Everytime my heart melts when I look into this stunning eyes. We should learn from the kids.

Editing in Lightroom mobile, Facetune und retouch.”

Alby and Chicco

Alby and Chicco‘ by Pier Luigi Dodi – “He’s my best friend and an excellent vet! But most of all he’s an animal lover! Apps used: I shot it with my iPhone 6 Plus and processed in Snapseed App.”

Choose love

Choose love‘ by Lori Hillsberg – “This photo was taken with my IPhone 8+ and the Hipstamatic app. Shooting candids on the NYC subway is easy. People are busy in thought or they are looking at their own phones. This couple clearly only had eyes for each other and showed so much affection towards each other, they were in their own love bubble. “

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Untitled‘ by Richard Goodwin – “I was sitting opposite this young couple on a train journey. The girl’s sleek long legs caught my eye and then I noticed how their positioning highlighted their connection. It was like their feet wanted to embrace. His hand affectionately resting on her knee sealed the tender pose. Everyone in the compartment was using their smartphones so I discreetly fired off a couple of frames with mine. Random shots on public transport can often produce effective images. I processed the picture using my usual Snapseed editing tools: cropping, sharpening, tone and brightness tweaks, saturation adjustment and vignette.”

Fab muddy walk in Chevin Forest Park, Otley

Fab muddy walk in Chevin Forest Park, Otley‘ by Elaine Taylor – “I took this shot of my son Charlie, our friend Keira and her crazy fabulous dog Freddy, during a very muddy walk with close friends in Otley Chevin Country Park, Yorkshire UK. There were quite a few of us, so it was an energetic and loud walk with kids and dogs running everywhere. I couldn’t resist capturing this brief quiet moment.

I shot the photo with my iphone 7 Plus through the Hipstamatic app. I chose one of my favourite combos – John S/Ina’s 1935. I like how the John S lens adds an extra lushness to the greenery and how the vignette effect frames the trio. “

De la mano a las 6 menos cinco en el metro

De la mano a las 6 menos cinco en el metro‘ by Victor Diaz – “This photograph was taken on the Madrid underground, several months ago. I was attracted by the tenderness of the scene: an aged couple sitting hand in hand, their arms and skin touching, and the feeling of mutual support in the hand pressure. I was also attracted by the old fashion watch in the man´s wrist and both the bracelets. The whole scene transmitted an air of quietness and peace.

When I travel on the underground I like observing people, their attitudes and moods. Hands and legs seem relaxed and expressive, so, for a while I used to catch this. Colors are usually a little cold because of the coach lights, so sometimes I filter to warm or to equilibrate.”

Don’t forget…

The theme of this coming week’s showcase will be ‘Stunning Landscapes’. For this challenge think about sharing your best landscape vistas, stunning seascapes, forest scenes and nature at its best.

To enter the challenge simple start sharing your images of ‘Stunning Landscapes’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the #mobiography_challenge_17. on Instagram

The best ones will be featured in next weeks showcase, so get sharing now.

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