We’re delighted to publish the First Edition of Streets Ahead, the wonderful Women’s Street Photography Column that both Maddy McCoy and JQ Gaines run. This is an incredibly exciting Column and if you would like to learn more about it, go here.
If you would like to join the Streets Ahead Flickr group, please go here – over to you Maddy and JQ (foreward by Joanne Carter).
“We would like to thank everyone for participating in the Streets Ahead Flickr group. There were many fantastic submissions and we were extremely impressed with the quality of the images. For our inaugural Streets Ahead Showcase we each picked our 5 favorite images from this week’s Streets Ahead Flickr group submissions. We then wrote a little something on why each was chosen. We have to say that it was extremely difficult to narrow our decisions down to only 10 images, as there were so many worthy photos submitted. We will repeat this process every week.
We look forward to seeing your best mobile street shots.
Maddy’s Five Selections This Week
On a mission by Cara Gallardo Weilrdo Weil
Coming of Age. Burgeoning sexuality. Posse, still needing safety in numbers. They are the future.
“Girl in a Train” by Misses Jones
Who is this lonely girl? I feel her isolation and it pains me. Great catch.
I love the modernity and the movement here. This is the quintessential shot of a beautiful, young, urban, American woman. I feel as if we will look back 30 years from know and know this was 2013.
streetphotography by SUXSIEQ
Perfect capture! We’ve walked into so many conversations here, and I want to listen to all of them.
LACMA Lights by odilonvert
Fragmented. Hidden. Modern. Superb.
JQ’s Five Selections This Week
This is a wonderful combination of street photography and street art… and I’m visually satisfied for several reaons: 1) the perfect division of space; 2) nice distribution of black, red, white and yellow; and 3) there are some very interesting (and subtle) analogous lines that carry our eyes from the street art onto the man walking, which beautifully emphasizes his movement. For example: the curved outline of the circle drawing on the wall is mimicked in his arm. And if we look carefully, we will also see some analogouscurves in the women’s cheek, neckline and hand. And then… if we look at his back leg, we will find the same same directional line in the bottom of her t-shirt as well as the sidewalk and corresponding yellow lines. I really love this shot!
I think this is an extraordinary composition of color, lighting, shapes and lines. Not only do we see dynamic movement in the architecture structure, but we also see it in the three people who are facing (and moving) in different directions, which beautifully emphasizes the architectural lines. For me, the people are the elements which help our eyes gracefully navigate this entire space. This just feels perfect and elegant….
This is a brilliant capture of movement… using color and form. We feel the strong diagonal pull from the analogous lines in the women’s dupattas (head cloth), profiles, and by the constrast of the field of color against the darkened left corner. Also, our visual journey becomes nicely punctuated by the woman in the foreground who is looking towards the camera. I just love this photograph!
I just think this is an absolutely amazing capture of movement, texture and chaos! There is so much visual intrigue going on… and all with a wonderful, whimsical feel of theatrics. This image and it’s ambiance is beautifully presented by the most fantastic composition of color, tones and lines. I could honestly study this photograph for a very long time…
I am completely drawn to the point of view in this image… which consists of a strong diagonal perspective. However, I think the best element is the smile on her face… it makes me delightfully curious about what she is seeing and thinking.