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Mobile Photography – Streets Ahead – Fifty First Edition – Women’s Street Photography Collective

Welcome to our fifty first edition of “StreetsAhead,” 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!!

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A blazing array of intelligent and utterly compelling images curated and critiqued by our hugely talented editors for our StreetsAhead Column, Cara Gallardo Weil and Gina Costa” (foreword by Joanne Carter).

Many congratulations to the following artists for being featured this week including: Lisa Guerriero,, Paula Betlem, Lee Atwell, Basak Aytek, Armineh Hovanesian, Cindy Buske, Sara Augenbraum, Magda DJM, Tuba Korhan, Christine Mignon, Susan Rennie, Fiona Christian, Kate Hailey, Karen Axelrad, Gina Costa, Michaela Meerkatz, Donna Donato, Jo Sullivan, Montse Abad, Kate Zari Roberts, Julia Nathanson.

“America” – Lisa Guerriero

Before I looked at the title of this photo (” America”), I already sensed that the narrative intention here was a visual evocation of small-town Americana at its most basic. Indeed, especially at this time during the political upheaval and dramatic, emotional events during this past presidential election, this photo serves to remind Americans who they are and what they stand for in a post fundamental way. This “slice of Americana” could not be more perfect, or better timed. Nice shot Lisa!

“Mediterranean diet” – Magda Djm

An image such as this one could confuse the viewer, as multiple vignettes are assembled in this lively outdoor-eatery scene. However, Magda has cleverly used a visual device to separate the two vignettes–the one on the right, and the other on the left. She allows the curvy lines of the short jean cut-offs hugging the full buttocks on the two middle women act as the parentheses that separate the scenes, yet keeps them compositionally united at the same time. There is a sense of balance and symmetry to this scene, even though our eye is delighted by everything that is going on. A fun photo Magda!

“Untitled” – Lee Atwell

The beauty and open-ended narrative of this photo are all characteristic of Lee Attwell’s lovely, intuitive style. Here Lee has captured from above, people scurrying about in the rain. Instead of shooting the scene from eye-level, Lee has chosen to change the point of view, slightly shifting the viewer’s “read” of the scene, In anyone else’s hands this scene could have been rather routine. Instead Lee gives captures the passers by within the diagonal pattern of the street’s stones, allowing the figures to function as circular punctuating elements in the larger geometric composition. These figures are anonymous, symbolising all humanity as we together try to find the light. Lovely capture Lee!

“Red” – Paula Betlem

The understanding of the power that light and shadow to elicit a powerful emotional response from the viewer is beautifully demonstrated by the successful photo by Paula Betlem. The compositional balance of the diagonal framing elements successfully drive the emotional narrative of the image. The single figure walking alone, her shadow leading her onward, suggests many possible universally-felt narratives here. The form and content of this photograph are in perfect balance. Brava, good eye, good timing Paula!

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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.