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Streets Ahead – Challenge 10 – ‘Patterns on the Street’ – TheAppWhisperer

Welcome to the results of our 10th Streets Ahead challenge, ‘Patterns on the street’.  This time, because we are working closer with Thomas Hurst, the founder of COVR Photo, we have wonderful prizes for the overall winner and three runners up. Congratulations to our overall winner, Rinkey Boleman who has won the COVR 6 (worth $74.95) and to our runners up, Elaine Taylor, Armineh Hovanesian and Montse Abad who have won the COVR 5 (worth $55).

And many congratulations to the other artists who are also featured in this challenge:  

Arijana Gurdon, Connie Gardner Rosenthal, Maki Tabusa, Dani Salvador, Lisa Peters, Karen Axelrad, Robin Sacknoff, Angelique Manchanda-Peres, Stefanie Le Pape, Lee Atwell, Vanessa Vox, and Jo Sullivan.

Huge thanks also to Cara Gallardo Weil for curating this challenge and creating the video and to Gina Costa for the text.

(We would like Streets Ahead to be and interactive group, and for members to try to participate in the challenge). If you are a woman street photographer, please join our growing community (see links below).

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Rinkey Boleman – Overall Winner

This shot immediately caught my eye because of the strong compositional quality that solidly grounds the image. Two zones bisect the scene: a string of backlit figures in the lower register, dwarfed by the strongly patterned roof structure above. The juxtaposition of the light and dark, the heavy roof, and the tiny backlit figures all come together to make this a well composed, well resolved shot worthy of being the judge’s selection for winning shot. Nicely done Rinkey.

Elaine Taylor – Runner Up

This simple, elegant photograph stands out because the composition is reductive and strong. The powerful horizontal and vertical elements divide the picture surface into clear well-articulated zones. The overall effect is one of simplicity and strength. Great eye Elaine.

Armineh Hovanesian – Runner Up

The dizzying effect of this string quartet shot from above, as they perform on this intricately patterned floor make this such an intriguing shot. The overall asymmetrical pattern set up by these elements indeed throws the viewer’s balance off and creates a dynamic visual tension within the composition. Nice point of view Armineh.

Montse Abad – Runner Up

The suffused light and glowing colour in this image works so beautifully to create a scene of quiet beauty. The tight composition focuses on the man seated on the steps, as the viewer is immediately drawn to him as he holds a handful of twigs. A beautiful still-life-like study of light and colour. Lovely job Montse.


Video Showcase

SA Challenge 10 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.