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


We’re delighted to publish the Fifth 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 Picks



Mademoiselle Paris by Tracey Renehan

I’m in awe of this image! The lines of the city, the structure of her face, her barely masked apprehension…. All stunning. Amazing job, Tracey.



dvlB tesnuS by Odilonvert


I was immediately drawn to this quiet yet beautifully composed image. The subtlety of the image is made all the more powerful for being the reflection of the iconic Sunset Boulevard. Great eye, odilonvert.



She amongst the shadows by Tracey Renehan

For me this is a pure visual treat. Slightly dark, slightly dreamy, an image perhaps shot almost as an afterthought. It has a shady, sentimental quality that I find irresistible. It is a photograph that could have been taken almost anywhere and speaks to many. Beautiful.



Contemplation by Liz Traynor

Great catch, Liz! Such a wonderful image to behold! I keep coming back to look at this and each time I notice something new: an angle, a curve, a line. All the parts interacting together to create a deceptively simple image.



“Gold and Jewels” by Misses Jones

A beautiful street photograph: we are close enough to be privy to his observations; we are close enough to feel a tinge of his loneliness. He is window shopping for jewelry…for whom? I feel immense emotion coming from this image. I think this is what it’s all about.

JQ’s Top Picks



Vidas que se Cruzan Ignorandose by Mabadca (Montse Abad)

This is, indeed, a lovely capture of strangers’ lives intersecting in the same space! The overall composition with strong contrasts of black and white create a nice graphic. And I particularly like the delicate lines on the entrance framework… it has the feel of a beautiful Reticello Lace Border.



Bless This Mom And Unborn Child Sharon LuVisi

This photograph immediately caught my attention (and my emotion.) Sharon definitely was quick and on-guard to be able to capture this fleeting moment of a powerfully emotive image… and it’s one that’ll spark a strong response from anyone who views it. Beautifully seen and captured, Sharon!



Odilonvert (Jennifer Sharpe)

We see a lot of “escalator” images in street photography… but this one was observed with a pair of very sensitive eyes. It has a beautiful composition of lines, light, tones and ambiance. But the punctuation, for me, is the fact that the person is neither facing forward or downward… which gives me the feeling that he/she may be experiencing some hesitation, doubt or reflection. Beautiful image, Jennifer!



The Corner Coffee Shop by SLP (Stefanie LePape)

I happen to be a huge fan of city life being reflected in windows. There is sullen, emotional feel to this one… with the two men clearly engaged in a serious conversation, all while the life of a city is whizzing by. Wonderful composition and tones!

(And Stefanie, I want to thank you for inspiring me to revisit some of my favorite Lisette Model’s “city window” photographs… this will be a perfect rainy day activity for me! 🙂



Resident of The Croix-Rousse Lumilyon (Nettie Edwards)

Oooooh, now here is a character that I’d certainly love to chat with! Of course, we don’t know if Nettie asked to take his photograph or not… but the fact that he’s looking directly at the camera really gives us a feeling of “connectedness” I love how he’s hanging out the window, obviously watching all the street activity. And the cigarette dangling from his mouth and the look in his eyes clearly says that he’s got some great stories to share… with a lively rebellious edge to them, no doubt.

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.


  • Stefanie LP

    Wow…wasnt expecting this. A lovely surprise !
    Thanks for the smile on me face.
    And to be snuggled in amongst these other femme photographer fatales.
    We look see and seize.
    @jq_gaines …thanks for the intro to lisette model. I have never heard of her . So now I go google.
    Yay…love learning of fella togs we see in multiple dimensions . ( actually a way to remain invisible. Lol)

  • Tracey Renehan

    It is so wonderful to have my images selected along with fine images from old and new friends. Thank you so much. She amongst the shadows was a taken as an afterthought. I walked by her to the next room and just had to go back to shoot her.
    Congrats to all. Thanks again Maddy and JQ.

  • Sharon LuVisi

    WOW…..Just like Stefanie LP, I wasn’t expecting this either……a lovely surprise indeed!

    Thank you so much for the recognition and congratulations to the fine work that women photographers are contributing to mobile photography! Thank you, JQ!