Welcome to the twenty third 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…
“Smoking” by Anne-Martine Parent (MartinaP)
I love the high contrasts and the grainy, atmospheric look of this image. The lines created by the moldings on the wall and the lines of the bench lead your eye to rest on the woman. Tucked in to the bottom right hand corner, she creates a nice dynamic against the stark white wall in the background. She has a very ‘Marianne Faithful in the 60s’ look about her – that rebellious ‘ I don’t care what anyone thinks of me’ look.
“Drive Through” by Tommy Vohs
Tommy’s use of double exposure in this image for me sets up a story of worlds colliding in two possible scenarios… On the one hand, this must be what it feels like before an accident when you can almost see what is coming yet you are powerless to stop it. The people in the carriage are sitting/standing quietly, lost in their own thoughts but on the outside, there is the mini – intruding, or about to intrude and cause chaos. On the other hand it feels like a ghostly dream sequence where the the car literally ‘drives through’ the train carriage and moves on – the two scenes co-exist, merge and then disperse. Very evocative.
“Hong Kong B-Boys 1” by Michelle Robinson (michmutters)
I love the energy of this image. Michelle has managed to capture a perfect moment in time with the boy spinning on one hand with his legs in the air. I find myself focussing on the shoes – the row of black and white trainers against the white sole of the boy’s shoe facing the camera. The boys in the background are watching but they also look like they are eagerly awaiting their turn to show off their skills. Nicely captured! It looks like it was an interesting performance!
“Lines, Circles and Squares” by Connie Rosenthal (congarose)
What a great background! Connie has captured the immense scale of the wall by stepping back and taking the shot to include the street lamp and the people walking by. I like the shadow of the lamp post creeping up into the pattern of the wall and that the edging on the sidewalk matches the red squares in the pattern. A perfect capture of patterns, lines, squares and circles. Nicely seen Connie!
“Untitled” by Catherine Restivo
Lovely blues and dark tones in this image. I like how the light seems to illuminate the woman’s face, which is also emphasised by the vignetting around the edges. She seems a lonely character – she has some bags at her feet and looks as if she is searching for money in her wallet – which leads me to wonder what her story is. I like the blurriness of the figures in the background and the blackness and anonymity of them. Because they are black and dark, we are forced to focus more on the woman in the foreground. The texture also gives a painterly feel – very atmospheric.