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Mobile Photography – StreetWise – Seventh Challenge Results – ‘Shapes and Geometry in the Street’

Welcome to our Seventh StreetWise Challenge Showcase – ‘Shapes and Geometry in the Street’. We are thrilled to share it with you.

Thank you so much for participating and sharing your wonderful photographs. Lee and I were thrilled by all the beautiful submissions to this fun challenge. There were so many creative ways in which you incorporated the theme into your photographs that it was quite difficult for us to choose amongst them — we were truly inspired by each and every one. Also, we are growing as a group and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s such a pleasure for Lee and I to see new people added to our already incredible group of artists.

As always, Lee and I hope you enjoy this showcase as much as we enjoyed creating it – and we really do enjoy it!

Many congratulations to the following artists for being featured in this Showcase, including: Donna Donato, Ocean Morisset, Joshua Sarinana, Christine Mignon, Dinalfs, Gina Costa, Tuba, Gillian Brodie, Stefanie L.P., Paula Betlem, Nisha Samararatne, Roger Guetta, Micheldev1, Armineh Hovanesian, Karen Axelrad, Christophe Gremaud, Susan Rennie, Magda DJM, Lilliana Schwitter, Laurence Bouchard, Tim Bingham, Liz Traynor, JH McBandy, Nick Kenrick

We will be posting our new challenge soon, but in the meantime, to be considered for the November Showcase, please continue to post your photographs to:

[Please visit our Artist Directory and find out how we can add you too!]

Tuba’s photograph is a fun and whimsical image that captures all the magic of our theme ‘Shapes and Geometry in the Street.’ It is a bird’s eye view of a brass band in action. Wonderfully, they are forming their own shape – an arc — and as the viewer’s eye is swept around the frame it takes in the lovely features of this photo. The brass instruments follow that arc and the red drum beautifully pops out of this line-up. We also see the marvellous shapes of the stone tile, and, an added bonus, of a reflection in its shining surface of a skylight that has its own shapes – an incredible play upon triangles within a triangle. This reflection has a dream-like quality that gives this fun photo an extra oomph for marvellous.

Well seen, Tuba!

‘Are You Looking at Me’ – Micheldev1

Michel’s photo is yet another wonderful example of ‘Shapes and Geometry in the Street.’ The subject is well framed so that the simplicity of an open door makes for an interesting image. Captured are the crisp lines of architecture on either side of the doorway from which rectangles and a circle of light emerge. The white mailbox, offset from a gray background, pops with the white lines framing the door. The square tiles of the floor in the foreground, lead the viewer to the subject wearing a little pop of red set against the monotones. What makes this photograph delightful is its obvious star, the dog (attached to it’s mysterious owner by a leash), who has turned around, as if on cue, to look straight into the viewer’s gaze. It’s not easy to get animals to pose, so I love this candid shot that incorporates shapes and geometry into a poster for adorability.

Fab photo, Michel!

‘No One Pays Attention’ – Armineh Hovanesian

Armineh’s photo is a great example of life mirroring art and illustrates how shapes and geometric designs in our environment can be transformed into a street photo by including a human form, un-staged, and taken spontaneously. The man is caught in the act of how so many of us find ourselves these days in public places – with head turned down lost in another world of our own devices.

The viewer initially finds themselves amongst the beautiful forms of this art installation, however, the inclusion of the figure gives the shapes perspective – the installation feeling ‘larger than life.’

The photo is a beautiful composition with the white rectangle in the right corner and the oversized white spoon in the upper right balancing the dark figure in the lower left. The form of the patterns to his right exquisitely mirror his stance, also.

Fabulous, Armineh!

‘Stair Reflections’ – Karen Axelrad

Karen’s photo is a fascinating image that has a futuristic quality where one nearly feels disorientated looking at it – almost as if being in a house of mirrors.

There is also an allusion to the lithograph print  ‘Relativity’ by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher, of the endless stairs.

The strong diagonal lines through the photo from the left upper corner to the right lower corner are so well balanced by the distant stairs to the left and the close-up stairs to the right.

One is drawn into the image by the high contrasts in the lower left stairs and the well contrasted silhouette of the figure to the right which appears to be a reflection.

The other figures to the left (one in the shadows and the other two which are just ‘body parts’) as well as the writing which is hard to depict, add to the mystery and intrigue of this fabulous capture.

Well seen and captured, Karen!

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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.