Dec 24, 2014

Art of Mob Comes to a Close

In July of 2012, I discovered the world of iPhone photography. Although it had been going strong for a few years, it was new to me - the possibilities excited me! Art of Mob was born out of that excitement.

Two and half years later I am sorry to announce that I will no longer be blogging here at Art of Mob. My personal life is demanding more of me than it has in the past and I have made the difficult decision to close things down at Art of Mob.

I still have a few exciting interviews in the works and will be posting them in the next few weeks - I will also be posting the results of the final Instagram Challenge - Fave5 on December 28th.

I hope to stay in contact with all of the friends I have made on Instagram and will continue to post my work there (@gericentonze).

Art of Mob will remain online as a resource and hopefully a source of inspiration for those just beginning this journey.

This has been a wonderful experience. I have met so many fabulous artists and had the opportunity to interview many of them. Click the image below to find links to all of the interviews.





I also had a chance to meet a few of my fellow photographers in person and perhaps the highlight was meeting the amazing Koci Hernandez. He is as nice as he is talented.

 Koci and Me!
I've been inspired and moved by the painterly artwork submitted to the Mob Paint Flickr Group...


...and always look forward to seeing the various scenes from around the globe in our Mob Street Flickr Group.


The support of app developers has allowed me to have some fun giveaways and share the apps that these creative folks have made! Without them, we wouldn't be able to do what we do.

I also thank the companies and individuals who supplied me with their products to review or giveaway. I appreciate your ingenuity and generosity.

Thank you to my fellow bloggers who have always supported me and given me helpful tips! You can see the list of the sites I recommend on the sidebar to the right.

One of my favorite tasks was finding images for The Whole Story series. It was interesting and sometimes surprising to learn the story behind the image. You can check out the series by clicking on the photo below.

The Whole Story by Nick Nowak
If you haven't had a chance to visit the Tutorials section, I hope you will set aside some time to do so. I have posted a few tutorials and also have had some guest tutorials contributed as well.

Guest Tutorial by Humberto Dominguez
This year couldn't have ended on a higher note when Daniel Berman asked me to participate as Juror in the 2014 Mobile Photography Awards. I am looking forward to that experience and viewing the works submitted. 


Thank YOU all - I cherish the friendships I have made and appreciate the support of each and every one of you who left a comment, viewed the blog or contributed in some way.

A special thank you to my husband, Paul who put up with all the time Art of Mob took away from "us". You have always been there for me!




72 comments:

  1. Oh no! You will be missed Geri! Appreciate all that you do and have done for our community!

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  2. 😭😭😭 do consider offering ipneography courses. Your talent is immense, and I will miss all your fantastic tutorial. They are incredible, and you have been a pioneer in the field. I mourn....

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  3. thanks for your wonderful blog. its been so informative and enjoyable and im really going to miss it. best wishes for you future endeavours.

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  4. Thank you Niki - you have been one of my biggest supporters! I will see you around online I'm sure. Happy Holidays!!

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  5. Thank you Jack - I guess we don't know what 2015 will bring and maybe there will be time to offer a course. I appreciate your kind words and support!

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  6. Thanks David - life can offer some little twists and turns! Thanks so much for all YOU continue to do for the community and for your support - I am grateful

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  7. How sad. I know it is hugely time consuming to keep working at this at the pace you have been. I had no idea you were counting down the days. Thank you for your support of my work. Thank you for doing this as long as you did. I'm really going to miss it. Your blog will be very missed by many many people, not just me. Thank you for everything and glad I will see you still on FB. Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year.

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  8. Thank you Diana - I sent you a longer reply on FB

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  9. That was a bad Christmas present. Sad to hear that one of the best blogs will end. But most importantly I would like to thank you for the time and shared wisdom here. Thanks, it was always very pleasant open your blog for reading and learning. Happy holidays!

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  10. You're a MOB star, Geri! Thank you for all you've done through this fabulous site! Best to you in your new pursuits!

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  11. Thank you Diego! That is so nice of you to say. I really appreciate you following along here! Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and happiness in 2015!

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  12. Thanks Karin I appreciate your support!

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  13. It was lovely having ur blog around. For me it filled the gap of iphoneArts absence.
    But real life is indeed a priority.
    Thank you so much for all the support and sharing of such fine art.
    If ever u wish to continue in the future... I would be more then glad to give u a hand.
    Perhaps u can divi aspects of the blog?
    I second much of what Diane states. :(
    But it is a lot of work and no doubt takes time from loved ones.
    Thanks to ur family as well for ur divided attention.
    Glad u have the wisdom to tend to what matters most.
    And
    Glad that we will still be able to enjoy your wonderful vision.
    Perhaps we can still keep the pinning in the mobile board u created.
    :)
    Best to you Geri. ...and thanks again for all your work and encouragement.
    Xxxxo

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  14. Nooooooooooooooooooo! Art of Mob will be sorely missed...but you're still out there Geri, so yay! Thanks for all you've done for the mobile photography community and you're support. All the very best for your future endeavours and may you and family have a most excellent Christmas and 2015!

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  15. Hi Stef- It has been nice getting to know you through this wonderful genre! You have always been so supportive. Yes, please keep pinning to the Pinterest board. I will also still be around on IG. Thanks for the offer of help too - maybe one day I'll be in a position to take you up on that. =)

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  16. Thank You Rob! I think you know I've been struggling to keep up with this for some time now and at last I had to face reality! I appreciate your work and friendship and will see you on IG! Merry Christmas!

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  17. Sad news indeed. I thank you, so very much, for all you've done here. I'll still see you on IG, thankfully! I'm wishing you, and yours, a very Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas, and a Joyful, Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year! 🎄🎅🎁🎉

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  18. So sudden to hear this news! I really enjoyed the weekly challenging. I understand and what a strong decision you made. Enjoy the time you have with them and have a great Christmas ! And ofcourse thank you for spending so much time for this! Xxx Bonny.

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  19. Geri, I read this on FB and commented there. I won't repeat here but wanted to thank you, wish you well and very much looking forward to seeing your work in all the places I already do. Have a wonderful festive period.

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  20. Hi Geri. I completely understand, but I am sorry to see Art of Mob come a close. Thanks for all you have done! May your future be a very bright one!

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  21. sad news for the Mobile Photography Community and I'm sure it must have been a tough decision for you Geri ! Wishing you & yours a very Merry Xmas ! I hope 2015 is full of happiness & health, and I'm looking forwards to keeping up with you on IG & elsewhere Xx

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  22. I am so sad to learn you are ending Art of Mob and I'm sure you made this decision carefully and with a lot of thought. Art of Mob will surely be missed. Lucky for me I will still be able to see you and look forward to doing that in the new year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Geri.

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  23. Noooooooo. Don't do it Geri! Tell me ITS a Xmas Joke !!!

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  24. Thank you so much for the wonderful learning experience your blog has been for me! I am just starting out with mobile photography, and your blog and your tutorials have been inspiring. I wish you the very best, and hope to keep up on Instagram! Again, thank you so much.

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  25. I just got to know this news now and want to thank you for your effort and dedication to this great project, Geri!

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  26. Thank you Paul - I appreciate all the support and all that you continue to do for the community! I'll be following along at Skipology!

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  27. Thank you John - you have been a huge supporter and encourager! I appreciate it very much!

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  28. Hi Gillian - I will see you on IG for sure! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas too. I have really enjoyed interacting with all of the fabulous people I've met like you!

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  29. Hi Connie - Yes, we will meet again in 2015! Thanks for your support.

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  30. Sorry my brother - no joke =( I will see you on FB and elsewhere I'm sure. Big hugs!

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  31. Hi Tricia - I will continue to post on IG and hope to do my mini tutorial as well. I hope in some way I can stay in touch with the mobile community - maybe through a guest post now and then elsewhere. =)

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  32. Thank you Jun. I really enjoyed meeting and working with you. With kindest regards and Happy New Year!

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  33. Thank you Bonny - it has been so fun interacting with you and I love your work. I will still see you on IG!

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  34. Chere Madame; my dear friend. I dont want to speak the reasons. I must respect to your decisions of course. But I must say unfortunately I was sad..
    And Thank you so much for all you made for me. I could share my feelings and the stories with you. Bu ı can say also, I will continue to send the music to you :)
    Thank you your precious friendship, your art-lovers... I wish very good success, of cour health and a lot of happiness with my best feelings.
    Au-revoir Chere Madame, a bien tot.
    Halil YALCIN

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  35. Really sorry to hear this news but I can understand. Running a blog such as this is a very demanding challenge. I wish you all the best in the future and hope to be able to keep in touch.

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  36. Oh, Geri, what a loss for all of us! You will be missed so much! But yes, sometimes one have to decide against projects in order to get a life...
    Thanks for all the posts and all of your work,

    Tania

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  37. Oh thank you Geri! I did too. Yes we still see eachother on IG ;D

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  38. A sudden sad decision. But I wish you all the best and thank you for all your hard work on this blog. It and you will be missed here. Walk in beauty!

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  39. Oh, Wow, Geri! So sad to hear this. Met some great people here, and apps and tutorials! Hope this is just a halt, not a close down. Thank you for all your support and knowledge share. Good luck and stay safe :) ♥

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  40. So sorry to see you go Geri. You will be missed. I wish all the best for you.

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  41. It's really sad news Geri....
    Your blog has been a fantastic source of inspiration, knowledge and occassion to encounter mobile photography passion of the world. I will definitely miss it a lot !
    Art Of Mob (together with Mobiography and The App Whisperer) is the key site to promote the potential of mobile photography and the art of it.
    I am very proud and privileged to be part of the published showcases - Thank you Geri ! I will never forget it - it means so much to me !

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  42. Hi Geri, OMG...so sad to see this news today. You and this blog have been such a source of inspiration and knowledge to me; you're part of the family! Thank you for all your hard work and the contributions you've made to the mobile community. I wish you all the best with whatever the future holds. Peace be with you!

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  43. Hello Geri, I'm sorry to read this news. Off course I understand, but I will miss Art of Mob very, very much. It was and is a big inspiration for me to read all the articles and tutorials. I loved it very much and have learned of lot. Almost every day I was curious to see if there were new articles to read. Luckily I can still follow you on IG. Thank you very much for AOM and have a great and merry Christmas to you all. Greetings @BobHos

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  44. Dear GERI, I admire you for all the work you've done here, just fantastic. Unfortunately, everything is so time-intensive and time need, and usually we`ve not enough. and sometimes you have just set priorities. happy to read you will publish your works and tutorials. I will continue to participate to the flickr groups and wish you all the best with your new projects.. thank you for everything hug liliana

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  45. There are no words to express my gratitude for all you've done with the iPhoneography community. Huge thanks. Wishing you happy holidays and bountiful blessings in the new year!

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  46. I'm glad you'll keep this space open. There is a lot of great stuff here. Unfortunately a lot people's families are sacrificed on the alter of the web. I know what you do is a lot of work. But you are more famous now! I've tgough several times about doing something similar to your blog but just not sure I can or should commit the time. Thanks sooooo much. See you on IG.

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  47. So sad to hear this news Geri, but understandable, thank you for your
    informative posts, your fabulous tutorials and challenges. I will miss
    your blog greatly but I'm glad I will still see your images on
    instagram. Enjoy your time with family and friends.
    Cheers.......Davinia

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  48. Thank you my dear friend. You have been so wonderful to work with and I thank you for sending me the beautiful music with each correspondence. I wish you the best for 2015.

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  49. Thanks Andy - I also got your email which I will respond to shortly.

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  50. Thank you Tania - I love how your work is evolving - you're doing amazing pieces. I'll still see you on Flickr!

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  51. Thank you Helge - I have taken a lot of time to think about this and I didn't want to let down the community but have to do what is best for my family. I appreciate your kind words.

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  52. Hi Eitan - my plans for now are that I will not be back. I guess we never know what the future holds so I can never say "never". I appreciate all that you contributed to Art of Mob. Wishing you the best for 2015.

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  53. Thank you Sarah! Wishing you the best as well.

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  54. You're welcome Darek - I appreciate your contribution to all of the challenges and Flickr groups! Thank you for including me with Mobiography and The App Whisperer - two of my favorite sites! I wish you a healthy and happy new year!

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  55. Thank you Alan! You have been a supporter from the beginning. I really appreciate that! Best wishes to you and yours and PEACE be with you too!

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  56. Aw- thanks Bob. I am so touched by all of these kind remarks! It's almost like being alive for your own memorial service (smile!) - hearing all that Art of Mob meant to people really means a lot! I will still see you on IG! Merry Christmas and the best of 2015 for you and yours!

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  57. Thank you dear Lila - Your work has always added so much to our showcases! I will definitely see you on Flickr!

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  58. Thank you Kristen! You have such an important role in this community - thanks for continuing to do so! Happy Holidays to you as well and wishing you all the best for 2015!

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  59. Hi Roxi - If you are thinking about doing something like this I know it would be welcomed but it does require a huge time commitment. If that works for you, I will definitely follow!

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  60. Thank you Davinia! I will definitely still be in touch on IG. Everyone has said such nice things - even though I am sad to go I am happy to learn how much Art of Mob has helped or inspired everyone!

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  61. The world of MOB will miss you. I'm glad I have you , still

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  62. Thanks Di! Now I'll have more sister time available!

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  63. Hi Geri!
    So sorry (for me!) to hear that you have decided to move on. But I totally understand. I have no idea how you have managed to create and manage this wonderful site for the past couple of years. But I am SO glad that you did and that I found you. There is still plenty to discover on this fabulous blog so I am glad it will stay online. I wish you all the very best and will catch you on Instagram!! Cheers! Julie

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  64. Thank you Julie - I do think it makes a good resource for inspiration and education as well. I hope people will continue to visit and learn about what is possible with a mobile device. Thanks for all of your support!

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  65. It was always difficult to imagine how you managed to provide us with what was essentially a magazine, all on your own ! Thank you so much for all the time you took creating and curating articles and images, and conducting interviews. Happy New Year !

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  66. Thank you Darren - I am sorry to have to close down but I do appreciate all of the wonderful comments I have received here. I know Andy Butler does Mobiography all on his own and I don't know how he does it!

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  67. All the best for the coming 2015 Geri ! Let all your personal and family commitments stay in harmony with your creative passion !

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  68. Thank you Anne - that means a lot. You were with me from the start! Our lives take interesting twists and turns and who knows what the future will hold. I hope I can still contribute in some capacity to the mobile community. Happy New Year!

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  69. I started really experimenting with iphoneography in May, 2014. Art of Mob was a great help in looking at inspiring photos and learning what apps were used, reading interviews, etc. I plan to go back and read all the interviews I missed. I can't thank you enough for all I have learned from this website. So sorry to see you go, but I'll be following your photography on the web.

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  70. Thank you Karen for taking time to leave a comment. I too am sorry that this has come to an end and I hope I made the right decision. I may resurface somewhere else in a more limited way but I am still examining all of my options. I appreciate your support of Art of Mob =)

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  71. Geri, you're the best! I wish you well in all you do. Thank you so much for creating this wonderful community around Art of Mob. We have all benefited so much from your generosity and hard work. I have learned a lot from the tutorials, interviews and art. I will miss it all. I also found a community that was doing what I was doing before I even knew what to call it. (Manipulating my photos with apps?)

    Thank you for leaving AOM up on the web. There's so much valuable information there and I'm sure it will continue to be discovered and referenced by iPhoneography lovers. I look forward to your IG posts. All the best! Geoff

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  72. Thank you Geoff - In some ways I feel relieved because of the time I have been given back but in so many more ways I'm going to miss the community and people like you who appreciate what I did! Thank you for always supporting me.

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