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Mobile Photography – StreetWise – Tenth Challenge “Lines in the Street”

Welcome to our Tenth StreetWise Challenge  ‘Lines in the Street.’

This is a fun theme for a challenge and a prevailing one in photography!

While we are working, we must be conscious of what we’re doing.” Henri Cartier-Bresson

Many street photographers when they go out taking street photos are looking at how they can create strong compositions with the use of lines.  Others have predominant lines in their photos without intentionally searching them out, but, the inclusion of lines can help make the image a strong one.

Lines are a powerful tool for directing the viewer’s eye and attention to the main subject of a photograph. Compositional lines can be anything, supplying the photographer an infinite variety to choose from. From the vertical lines of a building, fence, or street light, to the horizontal line of the horizon, structure or sidewalk, diagonal lines that cross frames, to the curved lines of a road or walkway. Lastly, there are converging lines, which merge together and sometimes lead off to a vanishing point. There are simply many ways to use lines in street photography that put the focus on a photograph’s most important point of interest, strike balance in the composition, and set an overall tone that conveys what photographer is feeling.

We are very excited to view your submissions each month and look forward to curating your photographs for the next ‘Lines on the Street’ showcase.

A recap of rules and procedure for entry:

For the challenge please only post FOUR photographs to our StreetWise Challenge site on the link below, and in your title or descriptions include “Lines on the Street.’

Please post photos for our monthly showcase here:

Lee and I look forward to your photos!

All images ©Lee Atwell and ©Ilana Buch-Akoundi

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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.