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Streets Ahead – Thirty Eighth Edition – Mobile Street Photography

Welcome to the thirty eighth 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.

So, if you are a woman street photographer, please join our growing community… I’m sure that you will agree that we are a very enthusiastic and supportive group of women!!

• Flickr Group (for weekly showcase submissions)

• Facebook Group (for information sharing/discussions)

Gina has once again commented on this weeks hand-picked images, it’s a real pleasure to read her eloquent thoughts and Cara has also once again put together an outstanding video showcase, that will leave you breathless – thank you both so much.

Hope you enjoy this week’s showcase and many congratulations to the following artists for being featured this week including Heline Lam, Karen Axelrad, Jessika Johansson, Vanessa Vox, Gina Costa, Susanne, Elle Eskamp, Natali Prosvetova, Basak Aytek, Cecily Batey Caceu, Lee Atwell, Christine Mignon, Lisa Guerriero, Sarah Zambiasi, Roz, Anne Martine-Parent, Tracey Mitchell Griggs, Shayna Shulman, Cindy Buske, Martina Woll, Jessy Menchaca, Louise Fryer (Whiting), Michelle Robinson, Laetitia HC, Liz Traynor, Donna Donato, Jennifer Bracewell, Laura Peischl and Susan Rennie.

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Towards the Light by Heline Lam – Flickr link

This capture and edit by Heline is unique as she manipulates the patterning of the leading lines both of the subway tunnel and woman, to create a dizzying sense of dynamic movement and energy – an important psychological component of public transit today. This image stood out immediately for me, as my eye was forcefully drawn into this powerful circular vortex. Great eye Heline!

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Piene Show at the Neue Nationalgalerie by Karen Axelrad – Flickr link

This image has such a mysterious, cinematic quality to it – I felt I was lost in some Film Noir. I was drawn to the shifting point of view and ambiguous space of the scene, which adds to the curious, dislocated quality of the image. The Neue Nationalgalerie should consider purchasing this image!
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Strange Street by Susanne Kajalschlampen – Flickr link

This wonderful capture of the patterns and rhythms of the street exudes a quiet soft echo, as the people and their shadows engage in this beautiful street dance. Susanne has beautifully captured the design elements of the relationships of the figures, shadows, and hushed energy of the street.


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Summer Joy by Natalie Prosvetova – Flickr link

The sheer delight of this little girl who is reveling in the Holi celebration (the Indian festival of colors to signal the beginning of spring) immediately reminds each of us of those moments of sheer glee and innocent abandon! Natalie perfectly adjusts her lens to the level of the subject, in order to adopt the point of this euphoric cherub!

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Catch me if you can by Basak Aytek – Flickr link

The extreme low point of view and close cropping of this scene, work perfectly together to give the viewer a sense of this little girl’s delight as she runs down the street, toward an unknown destination. Is she running from the stranger in the background (possibly her mother), or the other little girl hidden behind her? Basak’s point of view, and command of the compositional arrangement, gives this capture its power and rhythm.


Streets Ahead Showcase

Streets Ahead Showcase 38 – TheAppWhisperer from The App Whisperer on Vimeo.

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. Currently living in Chicago, Gina Costa is a museum curator and lecturer on 20th century art and photography. She has worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; The Art Institute of Chicago and has taught art history at a variety of universities. Gina is currently working on a publication and exhibition that explores the current discourse on the use of mobile technology and how it has changed the way one defines what a photograph can be.


  • Cecily

    Love it!!! Such cool and inspiring pieces from the group this week!!! Thanks so much for including my French lady!!!

  • Tracy Mitchell Griggs

    Excellent images and curation – thanks so much for including me.