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Streets Ahead – Ninth Edition

We’re delighted to publish the Ninth Edition of Streets Ahead, the wonderful Women’s Street Photography Column that we publish each week. This weeks edition has been curated by Cara Gallardo Weil, we’re delighted to say. Cara has joined us as our Guest Curator and shares her artistic thoughts, experiences and working process. She is a very talented artist with wonderful compositional sensibilities…  and if you happened to miss her interview, make sure you take a few minutes to click here for a fabulous read, here.

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!’


Dryer View – SentimentalDeed


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I love this glimpse of life in the window of a dryer. I like the repetition of the theme of circles that appears throughout the image – the main circle of the window, the circle patterns of the inside of the dryer, the circle around the number 35 in the top left hand corner, and the curves of the cobblestones on the street. It is a perfect capture with the man walking into the scene. The pattern of his plaid shirt contrasts against the small circles of the dryer, which almost look like they are a part of the wall.

Monk…ey Business 1 – Ferguscat1


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I love the humour in this image. A row of monks all seemingly engrossed in their own world. The monk in the foreground is smiling at something on his phone. The second and third monks look like they are sleeping. The one in the middle seems to be looking at his phone and the one at the end looks like he is praying. Liz Traynor (Ferguscat 1) posted this as one of two images of the same scene. In the second image, we see the monks from a different viewpoint  and in the foreground is an exhibit of a large pool of water filled with white china bowls of varying sizes. I can just imagine the interesting juxtaposition of the scene – a wonderful capture.

Soho – Tess Gomm


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I like the glimpse of crowd in the background – one can feel a sense of the atmosphere. I love that Tess has captured the man’s bare back with ‘FREE ALL WEEKEND’ written on it. I feel that I want to know more about the scene that is unfolding in front of him. Wonderful tones and composition.

Image – Tracy M Griggs


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A perfect moment with the buggy captured right by the road signs with south, north, west and east. One wonders which direction they will be heading next. The boy looks very thoughtful – I get the sense of a yearning from his face. One can’t help but want to know more about his story and where he is going.

Lovely Susy on the marina – Vivi (Veevs)


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This image evokes the feel of a lovely summers day – the type of day that puts everyone in to a good mood. One can almost feel the bounce in her step. The marina creates an interesting backdrop – the processing that Vivi has used for this image makes it almost unrecognisable as a marina, shifting the focus to Susy. I like that she is not quite in the centre as well. A happy image that makes me want to go for walk through a marina!

Streets Ahead Showcase


Cara is a Graphic Designer and amateur photographer with a passion for mobile photography. Born in Hong Kong to Filipino parents who moved there in the early 60s to work in publishing, her early life was spent in Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines. She studied graphic design in London and spent more than 20 years here before returning to Hong Kong, where she currently resides. Cara brings to her street photography a wonderful international and cultural perspective.


  • Tracy Mitchell Griggs

    Thanks for selecting my image – it is kind of ironic, because I don’t contribute to this group, mostly because there are no real “streets” to photograph here – no urban chaos, and no urban chic. I live in the woods in the middle of nowhere 🙂 It is so rural that the Royal Farms convenience store (across the street in the photo) actually has a horse and buggy hitching post in the parking lot, as does the bank next door 🙂 The area is heavily populated with Amish and Mennonites. Their other mode of transportation are scooters that they have to manually propel with one foot.

    This was a happy accident photo. The buggy was in front of me stopped at a red light. I loved the boy in the back, which is why I whipped out my iPhone to make the capture.

    Thanks again, I appreciate the “nod.”

    • Cara Gallardo Weil

      Tracy it was a perfect capture! Am so glad that you did decide to share it with the group! xo

  • Catherine

    Every one of these shots is amazing! What a wonderful collection… Congrats to all the artists! 😀

  • Paul J Rose

    Great images and really enjoyed the showcase. Congratulations to all selected.

  • Liz Traynor

    Just wanted to say thank you so much for featuring my images in your showcase. It is always such a huge honour. I love seeing all the different ways that others see their world. It’s a real treat. Thank you again.

  • JQ Gaines

    Thank you so much for curating this week’s showcase, Cara… I just love your selections and commentaries! And Tracy, no one was happier than me when I saw your images in the Flickr group this week… they’re absolutely lovely! I hope you will continue to contribute and share 🙂

    • Cara Gallardo Weil

      You’re welcome JQ! Thanks so much for asking me to guest curate! xo

  • Tracy Mitchell Griggs

    DOHH…Totally Homer Simpson, for some reason, because I was not accustomed to the seeing the slideshow (and the title for the showcase was floating too far above the slideshow itself that I did not connect them, and missed it). I totally missed that another of my images was selected for the slideshow – my portrait, Veteran and Wife. Thanks for including it 🙂 It is one of my favorite portraits that I have taken, and I don’t have many opportunities to do this kind of work 🙂

    • Cara Gallardo Weil

      I love your ‘Veteran and wife’ portrait. It was a toss up between the Amish boy and this one… good stuff Tracy!

  • Tracy Mitchell Griggs

    @JQ – my roots are in street photography – circa 1979-1980. I had never picked up a camera, but my senior year at university, I took a photojournalism elective, even though I had never picked up a camera. I must have been brave or stupid 🙂 I received very few “A”s in college, but I did receive three for the course and two independent studies. I did a street study-essay of Atlantic City when the casinos were being built. I dropped photography completely (with the occasional foray of snapping) thereafter, until 2012, when I started again with the iPhone – I went from film processing/darkroon directly to digital via the iPhone. I am still climbing uphill 🙂

  • Veevs

    Thank you so much for featuring my image and the lovely words about it Cara and JQ! It was indeed a fabulous summer day in a beautiful location! Congrats to all others featured, beautiful selection!

  • Tracey Renehan

    Cara & JQ, fantastic selection! Thank you so much for including my images. I feel so honoured. A huge congrats to all artists

    Tracy, so happy you posted. The Vet & Wife portrait spoke volumes. Hope to see more of your work.

  • MartinaP.

    I simply love this column, it’s always wonderful. Thank you for featuring my image in your showcase, I’m very proud to be part of it! Congrats to all artists and that you Cara Gallardo Weil for the great work you’ve done!

    • MartinaP.

      * I meant “thank you” Cara Gallardo Weil, and not “that you”… sorry about that.

  • Cecily

    Thank you so much JQ and Joanne!!!! I love all the photos and so happy to be included in the selection this week!!!!! Congratulations to all! Such a fantastic selection and the music is beautiful too!!!!