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Streets Ahead – Twenty Ninth Edition

Welcome to the twenty ninth 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. If you are not a member of our Facebook group… we highly recommend that you join us! This is our space for sharing newsworthy information and conducting discussions (what, when, where, why and how) about Women Photographers/Artists and Street Photography, in general.

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Hope you enjoy this week’s showcase…

‘Stairway to Heaven’ by Nettie Edwards (@Lumilyon)



I feel such emotion looking at this photo – a sadness, a weariness and a sense of hopelessness… seeking refuge and solace in a place of prayer. But on the other hand perhaps she (or he… the gender is not clear to me) is not actually feeling these emotions, and is just praying in the church. I feel a sense of loneliness or of wanting to be alone. A sole person amongst a group of chairs. The ladder on the right can be symbolic of many possibilities… the climb to heaven, the struggle of life being an upward climb. A powerful composition.


‘Between Sets’ by Catherine Restivo



I just love this image. The children give it the ‘cuteness’ factor but at the same time the kids seem deadly serious about their performance. The two boys seem to be in deep conversation or arguing about what to play next. And the little girl is just standing patiently waiting for them to stop. I love that another child has come up to put what looks like his contribution in to their money bag. It’s just charming. Wonderful tones too.


‘In passing’ by Donna Donato (@sentimental deed)



Beautiful frames within a frame! I love that Donna has caught the lady in both mirrors. The frames of the mirrors are so different in shape and size, they really create a wonderful dynamic showing different angles, both of the subject and the background. This is obviously a flea market where we are viewing objects for sale, yet the mirrors give us a reflection of life on the street. The tones also give a feeling of the winter weather.


‘Pray’ by Susanne Kajalschlampen (@Kajalschlampen)



Lovely capture of an intimate moment of prayer. The light draws us to the man who is almost in silhouette. We can’t see the shrine, but we can see that he is holding a joss stick and is about to give thanks or prayers. The red-pink tones are beautiful. Wonderful composition.


‘The Hand Of The New God’ by Michelle Robinson (@Michmutters)



‘The Hand of the new God’… how true. We are all addicted to our mobile devices – its almost like the mobile phone has replaced the cigarette – so where we used to see many people walking around with a cigarette in hand, now we see them with a phone… how life has changed! I love the up close and personal capture of the hand – so close we can see the texture of the skin. And in the background we catch a glimpse of life – of people walking by. Great capture Michelle and wonderful composition too.


Video Showcase

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. 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 including “Bend in the Road” in this week’s showcase.
    A very nice gallery this week!

  • lee atwell

    a wonderful showcase and a great collaboration JQ and Cara! congratulations to all – thank you for your inspiration! gorgeous images! such an honor to be included in this showcase <3

  • Tracey Renehan

    I always look forward to watching these weekly selections. Thank you for putting them together and including my image this week. A huge congrats to all selected.