Welcome to the fifteenth edition of Streets Ahead, a weekly column dedicated to women mobile street photographers. Each week we have a curator review all of the work submitted to our Flickr group, and present a few of their favorite shots along with some thoughtful commentary about the technique, composition, subject matter, and a short description of why they thought each photo was special. We also present a sampling of all the work submitted in a showcase video.
This week Streets Ahead has been curated by Cara Gallardo Weil, Cara is also an Admin along with JQ Gaines and myself for our dedicated Streets Ahead Facebook group, see here. Cara’s work has been exhibited and featured in many different galleries and magazines throughout the world, and recently she was showcased in Hipstamatic’s popular magazine “Snap.” You can read more about Cara in our recent interview with her here.
We select all the images for the column from the Streets Ahead Flickr group. To be considered for next week, please submit your best shots here and please do join in our Facebook Streets Ahead group for discussions (who, what, when, where, why, and how) about Street Photography.
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“I want to see! by Vivi Hanson Sacerdote (Veevs3)
First of all, I just love the colours in this shot. Although we are only seeing backs and legs, every one is different – shoes, and colours of the lower body – bare legs with turquoise shorts on the right, dark jeans, rust coloured shorts and paler denim at the end. The angle of the shot creates a dynamic, with the lines of the railings adding a graphic element. I love that Vivi has caught the dog up on its hind legs, seemingly trying to peer through the space in between the two people. The scene leaves me wanting to know more – what are they looking at and where are they? Wonderful processing too, painterly without being distracting.
“It’s been a Hard Day’s Night” by Liz Traynor (Ferguscat 1)
(Liz’s caption: “Nothing like a gallon of OJ and a sleep in the shade to recover from the night before.”)
Beautifully caught -– such great timing with the girl snuggled over her boyfriend, hoodie on and hiding from the world. The gallon of OJ is almost vital to the story – we’ve all been there at some point right? Just wondering where the food is….
I love the fact that Liz captured the perfect moment with the vintage car in the background. An interesting juxtaposition matched perfectly with her choice of processing to give the image more of a vintage feel. Well seen Liz!
“Blind Spot” by Catherine Restivo
Such a poignant image. A quiet composition which seems to echo the mood of the subject. She is perfectly balanced in the light against the darkness of the subway. I ask myself, is she bored with waiting for the train, or is she engrossed in a jumble of thoughts, or like many of us, is she just staring blankly in to space, having a quiet moment before the noise of the train comes to disturb her peace? Beautiful processing with a vintage feel to it.
“Marching for the Silenced” by Tracy Renehan
This is a classic case of ‘a picture paints a thousand words’. Tracy’s photograph of the subject with black tape over his mouth and wearing a crucifix is compelling. The title and the crowd behind tell us that this is a protest, but we want to know more. What is the subject’s personal story that connects him to the protest (I later read that this shot was taken at Stockholm Pride supporting Russian Homosexuals)? Very up close and personal. Great shot Tracy!
‘Untitled’ by Geri Centoze
Very up close and personal! I feel as if I am going to bump right into this man – which wouldn’t be a good thing as he is using a cane! Wonderful expression on his face – not entirely displeasure – but the position of his hand in the left hand corner almost makes it look like he wants to grab the camera in distaste… Perhaps Geri you can fill us in on his reaction to you?
I love vintage feel of this, with the sepia tones and the blurry background. It really keeps the focus on his face. Dark and broody against the lightness of his suit. Wonderful portrait.