Streets Ahead – Eighth Edition

We’re delighted to publish the Eighth Edition of Streets Ahead, the wonderful Women’s Street Photography Column that we publish each week. If you would like to join the Streets Ahead Flickr group, please go here.

The enthusiasm and support for this collective has been tremendous – and we can’t thank you all enough! Our membership in the Flickr group is now over 100 and keeps growing every week.

For this week’s showcase, we thought it would be far more interesting to present a quality sampling of the work that was submitted, instead of selecting only 10 “favorites.” Please note, however, that we simply couldn’t help but comment on a few photographs that jumped out at us… you’ll find those images below with the showcase beneath them.

And if you feel compelled to share your thoughts, please do! (especially on the topics of composition, colors/tones, subject matter, bordered frame vs. borderless, etc.) This is OUR collective… and the more voices that are shared (and heard,) the better! We have recently set up a Forum for our column, so if we get really wordy we can move our discussions over there.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this presentation… and we look forward to meeting you all back here next week!’




Window Seat by Lee Atwell

When I saw this photograph, I was immediately reminded of the German Expressionist Cinematic movement from the 1920/s, or the Hollywood Film Noir era from the 1940’s. The rhythm of the lines and stools carry our eyes directly to the woman, who is so beautifully highlighted by the outside light. There is a definite mystery and suspense about her… and we can’t help but wonder what story lies behind this photograph.


Hand in hand by Sharon levies

Now here is an image that takes us right back to the 1950’s in America. For me, the only clue that gave away that this is a contemporary photograph, was the clothes… only because the older woman most likely would NOT be wearing pants 60 or 70 years ago. 🙂 I really appreciate Sharon’s processing choice… the sepia tones definitely give us the feeling of an era past. And the diagonal line of the sidewalk nicely accents the rhythm of the diagonal lines in everyone’s arms… from holding hands.


Long Walk Home by Stefanie LePape (SLP)

As a mother, I couldn’t help but keep coming back to this image. Even though I tried to force myself to study the photograph compositionally, etc… I found that I was more drawn in by the narrative. The little girl’s coat, which is slipping off of her shoulders, suggests that she was probably racing with the little girl who is further ahead… but she’s now feeling tired and exhausted. However, what really struck a chord in me was that it appears these two young girls are walking on this city street by themselves, And if we look closely we will see a person sitting on the ground next to the fence… who probably is not in a very “conscious or conscientious” state of mind. For me, this photograph is all about “fear and concern” for our young children today.


The Thrill by Tracey Renehan

This is such a great pic… and on so many levels. The black and white tones give this such a nice cinematic feel, while the reflections in the water give us another visual perspective. But Tracey totally nailed the essence of this photograph with her title “The Thrill,” … because we can feel just how much fun that child is having. That leg and foot says it all!


Untitled by Jeanette Vazquez

I just love the high energy in this photograph. It’s simple, yet captures the intense movement and activity that was going on.. all with the feet! And I think that Jeanette’s choice of black and white processing lends a wonderfully dramatic feel to this very decisive moment.



About JQ Gaines

JQ's background is in painting and printmaking at the Pratt Institute, she also owned and operated a Books Arts & Textiles Studio in NYC. Three years ago JQ discovered mobile photography and her work has been exhibited in a number of exhibitions around the world.