Mobile Photography – StreetWise – Sixth Challenge Showcase ‘Reflection in the Street’

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to our Sixth StreetWise Challenge Showcase  ‘Reflection in the Street.’ We are thrilled to share it with you.

Thank you so much for participating and sharing your beautiful photographs. Lee and I were quite wowed by all the incredible submissions to this challenge. There were so many varying, artistic ways in which reflection was captured that it was difficult for us to chose amongst them. It’s also nice to see our wonderful, creative group continue to grow.

As always, Lee and I hope you enjoy this showcase as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

Many congratulations to the following artists for being featured in this showcase, including:

Cara Gallardo Weil, Manuela Basadella, Giulia Baita, Karen Axelrad, Donna Donato, Dinalfs, Ocean Morisset, Christine Mignon, Maurizio Zanetti, Yuri Rasin, Vanessa Vox, Laurence Bouchard, Ile Mont, Bonny Beezzz_, Christine Mignon, Armineh, Hovanesian, Wnick Maygay, Melissa David, (hopes), Luison, Joshua Sarinana, Magda djm, Vondav. Manuela Basaldella,

A reminder that the deadline for the October Showcase is October 15th. Please post your photographs to the Flickr site to be considered for the showcase.

[Music – ‘Awaken’ – Kurtis Parks and The Anthem]

Cara’s image beautifully captures a bustling city scene, alive with people. At once, the viewer is afforded the impression of being at the center of a midday rush. What is mesmerizing, is the abundance of reflections in the many mirrors – stark and modern, reflecting classical, traditional architecture and a cloud-dotted blue sky, lending this street photograph a magical, wonderland feel.

In the foreground’s large triangle of sunlight, front and center, are two people crossing paths each immersed in daily business. In the background, people are milling about, some seated enjoying a beautiful day, others seem to be taking things at an even slower pace – admiring a marvellous changing surface reflecting a colourful array of architectural details, while yet others are a mere reflection. This photograph is chock full of details – from neatly divided sections created by light and shadow, to the facade of mirrors, to the deep blue sky above it. There’s also textured cobbled stones, ever changing intensity of colours, perspective and viewpoints all of which encourages the viewer to get lost in a dream.

What a well seen, magical photograph. Brava Cara!


‘StreetWise Reflection’ – Manuela Basadella

Manuela’s photograph is a simple composition, quiet in feel and a perfect contrast to Cara’s photograph. It is also a wonderful example of the challenge, ‘Reflection in the Street.’

I love how Manuela’s photograph only hints at there being people via the reflection of architecture in the window and the elegant dresses on hangers.

The azure blue light reflected in the building’s windows and the golden light back-lighting the scene add an ethereal quality.

There isn’t a need for subjects here — instead we are immersed in an altered reality of dreams and dresses.

This reflection image is utterly delightful, well done, Manuela!


‘Broken Heart’ – Magda djm

Magda has captured a wonderful mannequin reflection that harkens to another era reminiscent of a vintage art deco poster, that somehow seems futuristic at the same time with the reflection of the building’s vent looking like a robotic arm band / cuff on the mannequin’s arm.

The mannequin is beautifully framed against the bold shape of the institutional looking building. As the mannequin is wearing what seems to be a ‘nurse meets gothic’ uniform with the little cross and nursing cap, the viewer is given leave to imagine the building is perhaps a hospital – adding to the dark moodiness.

When one looks more closely, one can see the reflection also includes a neon sign with a guitar and the words ‘ground zero’ in the center of her chest. The reflected wires that stretch towards the neon guitar sign, also seem to be attached to the mannequin’s heart like ‘heart strings.’ Using a futuristic analogy, one can imagine, as if the wires were some sort of life-support that were attached to a ‘mothership.’ The heart tendrils also illustrate Magda’s well chosen title – ‘Broken Heart.’

Magda’s edit including the grainy texture adds to the vintage ambience.

Superb, Magda!


‘Young Traveler’ – vondav

Vondav’s exquisite candid portrait depicts a young traveler in the window of what looks like a public transport – a bus or train.  The traveler is wonderfully framed with the multi layers of shades of grey of the bus / train and the dark shadows behind him, and his face is beautifully highlighted with the natural light coming through the window. The reflection on the window is magnificent showing the silhouette of a cathedral’s steeple while the white edged clouds give the scene a cinematic feeling tone. The graffiti scratched into the window adds to the photo’s sense of time and place. Behind the child, there is another vague silhouette of an obscure passenger – adding to the mystery and mood of the photo – where is this, and where is the journey taking the young traveler?

Well captured, Vondav!


StreetWise – Reflections Showcase

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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.