Welcome to the twenty fourth edition of “Streets Ahead,” a weekly column dedicated to women mobile street photographers.
Each week we review and curate work that was submitted to our Flickr Group. In addition to creating a showcase video which features a sampling of submitted work, we also highlight a few images that caught our attention… offering some thoughtful commentary about technique, composition, and subject matter.
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Hope you enjoy this week’s showcase…
“The Comfort Zone” by Liz Traynor
I immediately fell in love with this photograph, and I think it’s a perfect example of the “painterly” look without lots of heavy texture. It’s clear that Liz started out with a perfect shot and that her processing choices were made only for enhancement purposes.. she didn’t alter it’s essence one bit. Warm and rich earth tones, set in an atmosphere of deep and penetrating shadows… accented by strong horizontal and vertical lines… this is a pure visual delight. Hmmmmm… Giorgio diChirico keeps popping up to the front of my mind 🙂 Gorgeous work, Liz!!!
“Window Seat” by Iris River
Now here is a wonderful example of why we can’t forget to look upwards for artistic inspiration. I think there is something very touching about the tremendous solitude that is shown here. Yet at the same time, this person is displaying a great deal of confidence… because sitting on the ledge of an open window (on the 2nd or 3rd floor) is not something most of us would feel comfortable doing. I also like Iris’ processing choices. I feel that the tones and textures in this photograph lend a vintage, dreamy- mood…. which I think is just perfect for this image/subject. Beautiful work, Iris!
“A Very Small Office” by Michelle Robinson
Ahhh, Michelle… what a great shot! I just love the strong focus on the text/calligraphy combined with the composition of rhythmic shapes. Also, the red/black/white/yellow colors elevate this street shot to a graphic image. Before moving on to the next image, I just want to say that I’ve been following Michelle’s recent “Hong Kong” series. And believe me when I say that I’ve been drooling over every image she’s shared with us on Flickr. Michelle possesses really keen observation skills… and I think she has a really beautiful “feel” for composition and palettes. I highly recommend that you check out her series, if you haven’t already.
“Yo Banksy” by Catherine Restivo
Yep… this is the question that all of us on the East Coast have been asking these past 3 weeks. We’ve been following Banksy’s tracks throughout the city… hoping that maybe, just MAYBE, we might catch this street artist in action. And boy, what a subtle, yet timely capture this is, Catherine… I LOVE it!!! Not only should this photograph take a seat in documenting art history “in the making”…. but it’s a beautiful graphic image, as well. In my humble opinion, the framing and tones couldn’t be any better. And yes, I’ll confess: I can’t help but wonder if Banksy wrote this.” 😀
“The Three Musketeers” by Anne-Martine Parent
Okay… when I first saw this image, I said “Yeah!!!!” and gave Anne-Martine a virtual high five! The expression and body language of this woman makes me want to jump out of my chair and join her posse… because she’s definitely on a mission! And what do I love most about this photograph? Anne-Martine’s point of view, that’s what. She had to be standing right in front of this woman when this picture was taken. And we do know that Anne-Martine is still up and about taking photographs, so she clearly survived this brazen photo op. I really REALLY love this photograph… and I also love Anne-Martine’s courage. 🙂