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Mobile Photography – StreetWise – Welcome and First Challenge

“To take photographs is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in the face of fleeting reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” Henri Cartier-Bresson ,1976

Greetings everyone!

Our intention with ‘StreetWise’ is to come together from around the world and share our passion and joy of street photography.

We hope it will be a place that you will find inspiration and motivation, whether you are newer to street photography, or a veteran.

Welcome to our first ‘StreetWise’ mobile photography showcase challenge!

The challenge is to shoot in black and white (or monochrome) to honor the beginnings of ‘classical street photography,’ and, as a homage to one of your favorite classical street photographers (or one that inspires you) from previous decades (think the 50s, 60s or 70s).

Cartier-Bresson also wrote that “while we’re working, we must be conscious of what we’re doing.” That consciousness takes many forms but in the end plucked from the everyday are moments transformed into art. This is what we hope to strive for at ‘StreetWise.’

If you are newer to street photography, you may want to begin by checking out the following link for inspiration:

Our first curated showcase will feature photos from this challenge. 

Please remember to post your photos for consideration to our StreetWise Challenge Flickr Group and include ‘’StreetWise’ Monochrome Challenge’ in your title. You may post up to three photos for this challenge. Please include in the description which street photographer you are honouring.

We will run the challenge until April 30th, 2016. 

We look so forward to seeing your photos! Enjoy!

Image ©Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1933

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Ilana Buch-Akoundi is an Interior Designer with a background in fine arts, and a passion for mobile photography. Influenced by classical art and literature, she views mobile photography as not simply capturing moments as they happen, but as a marriage of dreams and visions from inner life and reality. Street photography, as a composite emerging from the speed of life, and what’s resonating within. Born in New York City where she still resides with her husband and two children, Buch-Akoundi recently founded hipstaNYC dedicated to Hipstamatic images of New York City, where people from all over the world can showcase their photographs of NYC. She has had photographs featured in mobile photography websites and web-magazines as well as international shows. Lee Atwell has been passionate about the art, science and magic of photography since the time she was a child – at which time her father had converted a small bathroom into a darkroom. For the past few years, she been captivated by the versatility, convenience, and creative potential of mobile photography. In street photography, she enjoys the challenge of capturing the unexpected and also the necessity of being present moment to moment with the surrounding environment – whether it is the continual shifting of light and shadows or the instantaneous and fleeting expressions and postures of people on the street. She has received several international photography awards and has had photographs featured in publication, mobile photography websites and web-magazines. She has also had photos exhibited in several cities – in the USA, Canada, Italy, France, Hungary, Belgium and Portugal. Atwell also teaches yoga and owns a yoga studio in Seattle with her husband.