Streets Ahead – Third Edition – With JQ Gaines and Maddy McCoy

We’re delighted to publish the Third Edition of Streets Ahead, the wonderful Women’s Street Photography Column that both Maddy McCoy and JQ Gaines run and we publish every Monday. 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 (foreword 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 this weeks 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 each week.


We look forward to seeing your best mobile street shots.


Maddy’s Top Selections This Week



Prom Night, Alberta Street by cecilyc123


I love the color of this photo. I love the slight glaze effect that was applied. I love how the fence leads our eye to the passing fairytale couple. It is a beautiful image, a complete delight to view.




“Reason’s a staff for age, when nature’s gone, But youth is strong enough to walk alone.” ~John Dryden. By Catherine Restivo


Simply put, a beautiful capture of adolescence. The texture is gorgeous and envelops the viewer in the moment. I love the towering building in the background. They seem emboldened by its presence.




‘head in the clouds • 23.03.13 St. Kilda East, 10:57am’ by giulia_design


This is a fantastic image! So much movement and life is captured in this photograph. The sweet, optimistic expression on the child’s face pulls you in and holds you. It’s as if the child is wearing a crown; the king of the neighborhood!



‘hot summer day #2’ by cecilyc123


Strong lines, sharp angles, deep shadows… Our vulnerability is exposed not by her cane, but through the rim of her eyeglass.




‘There she goes just a walking down the street…’ by shadowleitner


Shadowleitner has managed to effectively convey the dream-like world of her apped iphoneography work into the realm of mobile street photography. I love the slightly dim, slightly decayed urbanism this woman is walking through. I love the line of the Federal shutter, the semi-obscured doorway, the weight of the corbel juxtaposed with the magnificent curve of the woman. All captured in the magical Shadowleitner haze.


JQ’s Top Selections This Week


‘Promenade dans Bayonne’ – by LaetitiaHC


For me, this image evokes a tremendous amount of compassion and curiosity. Of course, the wearing of black signifies “mourning”… so with this man’s head hanging low, we can’t help but wonder if he is experiencing a deep loss. But aside from that, I love how the shadows in the background divide the image into light and dark. It’s as though he is leaving darkness and entering the light. I am also visually drawn to the beautiful design and texture in the bridge rail… and found myself smiling when I noticed that the string of keys hanging around his neck was mimicked in the rail pattern. Beautiful subtlety!


‘Halfway Through’ by Armineh29


I truly enjoy the nighttime ambiance and street-life in this pic… with the blurred figures quickly walking across the street in front on the photographer’s car, not at all aware that she is observing and photographing them. The palm trees tell us that it’s a really warm evening, and the rows of street lights tell us that this is a very busy (and wide) intersection. This image feels like a “pause” to me… a “pause” that resulted in a blurred recollection while in transit. Beautiful…


‘Watcher’ – by Tracy Renehan


This photograph instantly spoke to my passion for old classic films. And in this particular case, I was reminded of “To Have and Have Not” with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. What a lovely cinematic ambiance Tracy has captured… there is so much mystery and story here. And visually? I love how the misty fog and light divides the square surface into a perfect composition!! This is definitely an iconic image…


‘Quinceñera at Peninsula Park’ – By cecilyc123/Cecily Mariece Caceu


Cecily has captured a perfect visual moment in this 15 year old girl’s “coming of age” celebration. I love how the fountain is spewing water in the background… indicating “joy, abudance and fertility.” And then seeing her surrounded by 3 different men, who happen to be scattered throughout the photograph, looking in different directions… adds lots of visual intrigue for me.


‘NYPL’ – By Jeanette Vasquez


I instantly fell in love with this b&w photograph. It feels to me that Jeanette captured this image just as she was leaving a room… and used the door frame to help focus our eyes on the man in the hallway. The charcoal tones in this are gorgeous… and I appreciate how the tones are clearly divided into light, medium and dark values. I also happen to love the row of lights on the ceiling… I think they add a nice punctuation to the overall composition.

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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. Maddy McCoy is a US Virgina based mobile photographer. she exclusively uses her iPhone to take and edit all of her images. Maddy is an Historian and Genealogist and originally started using her mobile phone to spontaneously capture the historic sites and landscapes that were disappearing due to development.


  • Cecily

    Thanks so much Maddy, JQ and Joanne!!!!!
    So excited to be included this week!!!! I really, really, truly appreciate your support!!!!! xoxo Cecily

  • Catherine

    Unique and intriguing collection once again! Thank you very much for including me… I’m honored indeed! 😀

  • Janine Graf

    Beautiful selections! I’ve never felt comfortable doing “street”, but I’m going to join your super awesome group and have a go! 😀

  • Shadow Leitner

    I’m very honored to be apart of this weeks selection. This group has really challenged me to rethink “street photography”. My sincere Thanks to Maddy for the selection and support! 🙂