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Mobile Photography – StreetWise – Welcome and Third Challenge – ‘Minimalism’

“I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heat of the known awaits just around the corner.” Alex Webb

Hello everyone!

The theme of our next challenge is ‘Minimalism’ and will run until June 30th, 2016.

We hope you will enjoy this theme and that you may see your street environment in a new way and from a different perspective.

Often this way of capturing the streets entails finding an appropriate background, and then watching and waiting for the unexpected to appear within your frame.

We have included some examples with a reminder that you can be near or far from your subject. The idea is to keep the photo uncluttered and not to use too much app-ing, keeping within the definition of our StreetWise description and intention.

We look so forward to your submissions and remember to put in your title or description ‘StreetWise – Minimalism.’ You can submit up to 4 photos for this challenge.

The link to post your ‘Minimalism’ photos to be considered for the showcase is here.

The link to post street photos to be considered for our monthly showcase is here.

All photos below by Ilana and Lee.

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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.