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Mobile Photography – StreetWise, January 2017 – Ninth Challenge – ‘Animals in the Street’

“Animals are such agreeable friends  they ask no questions, they pass no criticism.” George Eliot

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to our Ninth StreetWise Challenge Showcase  ‘Animals 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 delighted by all the beautiful submissions to this fun challenge. It was particularly fascinating for us to see how animals interact with us and in the streets in neighbourhoods from around the world.

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

A reminder — we choose images for the showcase that are in keeping with our group intention and guidelines  “We believe that it is important to focus on the key aspects of street photography  composition, timing, juxtaposition, catching the decisive moment  rather than relying on too much apping. We therefore feel that apping should be kept to a minimum  cropping, tweaking exposure, colour, adding a grain or texture is okay, but we would like to see you steer away from overly app’ed images that are more art oriented or painterly.”

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A special thank you to Joanne.

Many congratulations to the following artists for being featured in this showcase including: Isabelle Wolter, Adelino Marques, magda djm, Basak Aytek, Ryan Vaarsi, Connie Gardiner Rosenthal, Marizio Zanetti, Gergely Hando, Luison, Paula Betlem, Karen Axelrad, Melissa David, Kate Zari Roberts, Nick Kenrick, dinalfs, Christine Mignon, drccoliver2, Vanessa Vox, Micheldev1, Julia Nathanson, Liliana Schwitter, Katiebrightcolors, Ocean Morisset, Daniel Vondav


‘Red Cat in Amorgos’ ©Maurizio Zanetti

Maurizio’s photograph of a cat looking through a bright blue fence is a wonderful example of our Ninth Challenge  “Animals in the streets.’

The viewer is at once greeted with all the bright colours and sunlight of a picture postcard. Maurizio presents us a wonderful slice of life photo from the stunning Greek Island of Amorgos, (which I happened to have visited many moons ago). The island is replete with simple whitewashed exteriors set against a big blue sky and the Aegean Sea. In Maurizio’s photo, he captures the happy palette reminiscent of the Greek Isles to perfection. And in particular, one the many island cats, visitors frequently find poised upon a wall looking out at passersby with the same curiosity as Maurizio’s Red Cat. The fence, doors, and window are lovely set against the furry sentinel whose beautiful coat is offset so nicely by the white wall in the background. One gets the feeling of the picturesque winding alleys of this magnificent island from Maurizio’s shot.

Well seen Marizio!

‘Epiphany Qasr El Yahud Israel…’ ©dinalfs

Dina’s photograph is a delightful take of our challenge theme, ‘Animals on the Streets.’

In this image, we are front and center in what appears to be an age-old ceremony with the symbolic ‘Dove of Peace’ poised to take flight from the hands of the main subject whose face we can not see. This casts prominent attention on the symbolism of the dove, and it is fitting. Here the viewers are witness to the moment before the release of the dove/peace upon earth and imagination takes flight too that this enduring concept will rise above the earth and settle upon its inhabitants.

What a lovely photo, Dinalfs!

‘Je te dis que j’ai vu quelque chose…’ ©woltarise

Isabelle’s charming photo has a very classic quality to it with the black and white editing that hearkens to another era.

The photo has a beautifully balanced composition with the main subjects framed by the white snowy background.

The shape and tone of the dark figure in the upper right frame is well balanced by the foot prints exposing the dark pavement in the left corner.

The dog in the right corner is a ‘salt and pepper’ blend of both light and dark and the dusting of snow on its face, whiskers, eyebrows and head add to the charm of the photo.

The title and strain on the leash may indicate the dog is not too keen on being in this snowy realm, or perhaps has its eyes set on another four legged creature, that seems to interest it more than the direction the person wants to go.

Beautiful black and white photo, Isabelle!

‘Silvester and Silvester’ ©Adelino Marques

Adelino’s wonderful photo is another classical shot that hearkens to a long ago era with narrow cobbled streets that also suggest that this is a scene in a European town or city. The perspective also invites the viewer to want to walk right into the scene and one may wonder what is around the corner?

There are beautiful textures and shades of light and dark created with the patterned cobbles and angles of the walls. The sun is beaming onto the roadway providing a beautiful textured shape from the upper left that seems to fan downward towards the right and adds to the beauty of the composition. Within the upper right wedge of shadow, we can see a gratified cat on the wall that mirrors so well with the black cat in the lower left wedge of shadow.

The black cat stepping just so, with one paw extended and its white tipped paws, adds to the charm of the photo.

Superb photo, Adelino!

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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.