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Mobile Photography – StreetWise – Welcome and Fourth Challenge – ‘Connecting’

It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter” Alfred Eisenstaedt

Hello Everyone!

We are in the process of curating our July StreetWise showcase and wanted to thank you all for submitting such great images – we look forward to sharing it with you soon!

The theme of our next challenge is ‘Connecting’.

Lately we have been exposed to many images from the streets around the world in the media. As photography is such a powerful tool for expressing feelings and is sometimes more powerful than words, we thought this would be a good way to highlight street photos that illustrate the ways in which we connect to one another – whether it is with another person, or another being, or architecture – the interpretation is open.

“Since I’m inarticulate, I express myself with images.” Helen Levitt

We are so thrilled that we have many of you submitting photos from around the world on StreetWise, and that there is a feeling of connection, support and community with one another here.

A special thank you to Joanne for creating such a wonderful medium with TheAppwhisperer, where we, as street photographers, can share our passion.

The deadline for submitting images is July 31, 2016.

A reminder, as per our group description, all submissions must be shot and processed with a mobile device (smartphone), and we will not include images that are ‘overly apped.’ Please try and post your most recent photos as inspired by this theme.

Also, we have two sites for StreetWise.

For challenges please post up to four photos to our Flickr Challenge Showcase Site and in your title or description include ‘StreetWise – Connecting’:

Please post photos for our monthly showcase here:

We look forward to seeing your photos!

Ilana and Lee

Photos 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.