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Streets Ahead – 41st Edition – Part 1 – Women’s Mobile Street Photography Collective – TheAppWhisperer

Welcome to the forty first edition Part 1 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 such a delight to read her expressive and articulate thoughts and Cara has put together a phenomenal video showcase, it will leave you breathless – thank you both so much.

We hope you enjoy this week’s showcase and many congratulations to the following artists for being featured this week including:

Karen Axelrad, Michelle Robinson, Laura Peischl, Lee Atwell, Basak Aytek, Tracy Renehan, Fiona Christian, Montse Abad, Stefanie LePape, Geri Centonze, Cathrine Halsor, Julia Nathanson, Louise Whiting, Robin Sacknoff, Donna Donato, Marizia Bellini, Connie Gardener Rosenthal, Natali Prosvetova, Lisa Guerriro, Armineh Hovansian, Olga Kasatkina and Hanakai2001.

‘Serie Turquia. Istanbul’ by Montse Abad (@mabadca)

This haunting image struck me immediately because of the dreamlike quality of the scene, and the complicated narrative of the capture.  Note the boots in the foreground, and uncertain gesture of the foreground image. The tight compositional arrangement of the figures further emphasizes the drama of the story. Great capture Montse.

 ‘Warm’ by Lee Atwell:

This image has the feel of the classic street photos of the 1950s. The  compressed compositional arrangement, with the foreground figure pressing into the viewer’s space creates an immediacy that connects us with the narrative abruptly. A great image Lee!

‘Crosswalk lunchtime shadows’ by Armineh Hovanesian

This image is so appealing because the dramatic light, rising over the buildings, bathing the group of pedestrians and their shadows in its path, is the subject of the narrative. The light unifies the scene and gives dimension and form to the composition. The location of the scene initially seems mysterious, however, slowly the light clears ever so subtly and permits the street sign to be revealed. Super shot Armineh.

‘Untitled’ by Lisa Guerreiro

The quiet,still-life-like stillness of this couple who are looking at something that they are holding, is a delightful peek into this intimate moment. The spare surroundings, and the reductive compositional arrangement emphasize and focus the viewer’s gaze to the central action of this lovely scene. Super Lisa.

Video Showcase

SA Showcase 41st Edition – 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.


  • Tracey Renehan

    A huge thank you for including my image. Congratulations to all selected.

  • Tracy Mitchell Griggs

    I did not see any of the showcase images in the recent postings to the Flickr group?
    Some images were posted months ago. A little confused here.

    • Cara Gallardo Weil

      Hi Tracy, this showcase has been divided in to two parts. This one is part one the second one will be released shortly. Because of Christmas and being really busy with my other work, I wasn’t able to do the showcase for a rather a long period so yes, some of the images are from early December. I always make a note of the last image that I looked at when I’ve completed a showcase, so I know where to look from for the new showcase. So in Part two, you will see some of the more up to date images. I’m hoping to be back on track after this and we plan to release shorter showcases, hopefully with less time lapsed between each one, but as always its dependent on mine and Gina’s workload. Hope that explains it! Best wishes, Cara