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Mobile Photography – StreetWise Showcase – May 2016

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Welcome to our May 2016 StreetWise Showcase – we are thrilled to share it with you!

“A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there – even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity.” Robert Doisneau

We were moved by your photos submitted to our ‘StreetWise’ Flickr group and chose images for the Showcase that are in keeping with our group’s intention and guidelines – “We believe that it is important to focus on the key aspects of the craft of street photography – composition, timing, juxtaposition, catching that decisive moment – rather than relying on too much apping. We therefore feel that apping should be kept to a minimum – cropping, tweaking exposure, colour, adding a little grain or texture is ok but we would like you to steer away from overly app’ed images that are more art- orientated or painterly.”

Thank you all so much for participating and for inspiring us all with your images – it was difficult to choose only a relatively few images compared to all of those that were submitted.

We hope you will enjoy viewing the showcase as much as we enjoyed putting it together!

If you are a mobile street photographer, please consider joining our growing community.

• Flickr Group (for weekly showcase submissions)

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Many congratulations to the following artists for being featured this week including:  

Connie Gardner Rosenthal, Luison, Tim Bingham, Roy Savoy, Andrew B White, Julia Nathanson, Andy, Rob Pearson-Wright, Vivi (Veevs), Nicolas Xanthos, Donna Donato, Jiri Dvorak, Paul Yan, Karen Axelrad, Louise Whiting, Ger van den Elzen, Frederic Mahy, Heather McAlister, Ocean Morisset, Christine Mignon, Nick Kenrick

‘LA LA LA’ – Connie Gardner Rosenthal

This fabulous photo from Orange Street in Los Angeles captures an iconic view of Los Angeles with its inclusion of the palm trees, souvenir sign, people wearing sunglasses, shorts, short sleeves and bare shoulders – all with blue skies and sunshine overhead. The strong crosswalk lines immediately draws the viewer into this photo where we see the subject is well balanced between the yellow shirt ‘color pop’ on the left (with the vertical line of the arm) by the yellow fire hydrant on the right. The blue shorts of the girl on the right, the touch of red of the jacket on the man behind her and the banners that draw a line right towards the woman are well balanced by the red curb to her right – creating a dramatic radial balanced composition.

The woman’s hat captures the sun highlighting it against the blue of the sky above her, and as we look closer, we notice the woman’s expression as she talks on her phone as it too, is lit up by the sun.

A highlight of the the photo, is her very expressive hand gesture, that almost seems to hold the words we can imagine her to be speaking… LA LA LA (a great play on words from blah blah blah).

The fabulous and exciting thing about street photography is that none of this can be planned ahead – Connie was in the right place at the right time. Well seen and captured, Connie!

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‘Columbus Circle’ – Roy Savoy

In wonderful contrast to the previous photo from the west coast is Roy’s iconic image of New York City on the opposite coast – the high-rise buildings, the line of hot dog concession trucks that are also selling bagels and donuts, the stained sidewalks, and the colorful umbrellas with the man dressed in a tapestry jacket and brightly colored scarf.

The colors in the man’s clothing so beautifully coordinate with the colors in the environment behind him. The pops of red carry the viewer’s eye throughout the photo – from the flower in his sack, to the red in his sash, to his scarf and the umbrellas and signage behind him.

Seeing him in full stride at a 3/4 angle view, with the angles of his open jacket and of the buildings and the concession truck that frame him, lead the viewer to his face which allow us to get a sense of the man’s character more fully.

Although this same photo in black and white would have been stunning too, the color helps to give the subject more character and beautifully gives the photo a feeling of a sense of time and place (as does the newspaper cover in the window and the ad on the high building in the distance).

Super capture, Roy!

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‘As I was telling you’ – Luisón

We are immediately drawn into Luisón’s lively photograph by the two subjects themselves, who are front and center as the focal point. They are immersed in conversation, it’s an animated one. One man appears mid-sentence leaning toward his companion. This movement is nicely accentuated by his arm which is slightly raised and pointed toward the other man who is obviously leaning back, perhaps in incredulity, perhaps interrupted, all of which creates a wonderful sense action. And curiosity. What are these two men conversing about? The gestures, appearing at variance, and expressions of each subject entices the viewer to want to know.

Luisón gets up very close to his subjects creating the feeling that one is right there – almost as if involved in the conversation, too, adding to the dynamism of this image. Luisón centers his subjects in a public place which is in the background, the classical architecture of the town square gives this image a sense of timelessness, harkening back to classical street photography. The subject’s caps and jackets build upon this theme. The fun and artistry of street photography is trying to capture a moment that will draw people in. Luisón does that to perfection with his ‘As I was telling you’ and as a result we are intrigued by this wonderful ‘slice of life’ capture. Well done Luisón.

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‘Generation Kinship’ –  Tim Bingham

This wonderful photograph by Tim tells a multitude of stories. We see an old man leaning on a cane, he is with a boy who is perhaps his grandson. Both are waiting. The old man seems to be gripping his cane in one hand, and in the other, clutching some cord alluding to the idea he is holding onto dear life. Accentuating this is his expression, which appears to be pained as if it is taking all of his effort to stand upright. Juxtaposed to this is the youthful movement of the boy. It looks like he has all the energy in the world and is hard pressed to stay where he is. In fact, he appears to be reaching upward and outside of the sphere of the photograph as if he’d zoom out of it if he could.

What makes this photograph even more interesting as one wonders what these subjects are waiting for when one is so old he can hardly stand in one place and the other so young he wants to sprint out of it, is the fact that they are reflected in a mirror so that all the action taking place is compounded. In addition, it gives the viewer even more fodder for the imagination. The image there is that of an urban public place, but what’s fascinating is that each of the characters has a relationship with a random passerby in the distance. The woman appears near the man’s head and looks as if he had conjured her from a long ago dream, and so one looks again at his expression and wonders if there isn’t a bit of dreaminess there alongside the pain? And, the boy appears to be reaching toward her as if she were a mother figure. This happenstance lends this image a wondrous sense of the endless possible stories that can be told through photographs and an artistry of the decisive moment captured so beautifully by Tim. Bravo Tim!

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By Ilana Buch-Akoundi and Lee Atwell

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.

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