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Mobile Photography – Streets Ahead – Forty Ninth Edition – Women’s Street Photography Collective

Welcome to the forty ninth 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 Costa has once again commented on this weeks hand-picked images, it’s such a delight to read her expressive and articulate thoughts and Cara Gallardo Weil has put together a phenomenal video showcase, it will leave you breathless – thank you both so much.

Many congratulations to the following artists for being featured this week including: Christine Mignon, Paula Betlem, Ilana Buch-Akoundi, Michelle Robinson, Armineh Hovanesian,, Julia Nathanson, Jormain Cody, Gina Costa, Heather McAlister, Louise Whiting, Karen Divine, Karen Axelrad, Montse Abad, Trish Korous, Laura Peischl, Susan Rennie, Connie Gardner Rosenthal, Lee Atwell, Laetitia HC, Vivi Hanson Sacerdote, Giulia Baita, Kate Zari Roberts, Kathy Clay, Basak Aytek, Liz Traynor.

“La primavera no es igual para todos” –  Monste Abad

This powerful image shot by Montse Abad captured my attention immediately because it makes clear, very directly, and in an uncluttered visual field, the message Monste and the woman holding the sign at the center feel. What a strong image, perfectly composed and forceful. This photograph is a good example of how art can be an instrument to get the attention of those who can shift policy and evince social change.  Brava Montse. Now, if only we could really do something to combat racism and help those refugees in need.

“The Kiss” – Armineh Hovanesian

This is a wonderful example by Armineh Hovanesian, that focuses on the powerful play of shadows to produce a compositionally balanced, yet charming and playful image. I like that the shadows, not the figures at left, are the heart of the story! Nice job Armineh!

“Untitled” – be•mo•re•[hopes]

This whimsical play of shadows and compositional arrangement work nicely together to create a feel of child-like joy and playfulness. Shot from the perfect angle, is the author also included at the left, or standing just outside the picture plane? A lovely, lighthearted study! Brava.

“Untitled” – Jormain Cody

This engaging  image by Jormain Cody suggests the mood and atmosphere of a classic Film Noir from the 1940s. The drama of the solitary figure ascending this empty stairway, the spotlighting of the doorways, and the focused light on the “For Lease” sign, which balances the composition, all make this an intriguing and “classic” street photo. I like your point of view too Jormain. Nicely done.

“7th Avenue” – Lee Attwell:

This great photo by Lee Attwell has such a wonderfully complex and whimsical series of vignettes included, and I was immediately struck by how successfully the seemingly disparate stories are linked compositionally. Our eye shifts back and forth between the three main stories told, Lee never letting us lose interest in the entire “conversation”. Great eye Lee, and taken from a successful vantage point. Brava!

StreetsAhead 49th Video Showcase

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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.