Meme Thorne uses unique iPhone techniques to create art pieces in this year's Shimmer Festival

A former actor turned artist has developed a range of photographic art created through her iPhone camera, which has taken the local Shimmer Festival by storm.

Meme Thorne said she was a self-taught “iPhonographer” who used a range of camera apps on her phone to create pieces of artwork that all have a range of meanings.

SHIMMER: Local 'iPhonographer' Meme Thorne has exhibited a series of images in this year's Shimmer Festival using a very unique photography technique.

SHIMMER: Local 'iPhonographer' Meme Thorne has exhibited a series of images in this year's Shimmer Festival using a very unique photography technique.

“I can’t call myself a photographer, they study their profession and their whole craft is something that’s immensely skillful,” Ms Thorne said.

After 30 years working as a professional actor, Ms Thorne said she had dealt with a range of emotional experiences throughout her life, which she wanted to channel into a set of art pieces in this year’s Shimmer Festival.

Her work is on display at Shingleback Winery in McLaren Vale in the cosy cellar door next to the fireplace.

“I guess I saw this as a chance to channel my emotional life into a thing of beauty,” Ms Thorne said.

“You can be happy or sad but you can always inject beauty into your life.”

I can’t call myself a photographer, they study their profession and their whole craft is something that’s immensely skillful. - Shimmer artist Meme Thorne

Ms Thorne moved from Sydney to Willunga in 2012 and said since coming to the Fleurieu Peninsula she has fallen in love with the region and gotten heavily involved with a number of the local groups.

Her entire collection of artistic pieces she has created with her iPhone for this year’s Shimmer Festival are entitled ‘Drowning Cities, Drowning Landscapes’ and takes a snapshot of what the world could look like following the affects of global warming.

“We are drowning our environment,” Ms Thorne said.

“We’ve gone beyond the point of safety and all our coastal cities will be underwater one day.”

Ms Thorne said the people that had seen her exhibition had given her some great feedback and she was really looking forward to doing a new exhibition at next year’s festival.

“We are living in a time at the moment where we need beauty in our lives,” she said.

“We need to inject ‘merryment’ in our lives.”

The exhibition will be on display at Shingleback until October 2 and all of Ms Thorne’s works are available for purchase.

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