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

Welcome to our fifty second 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!!

• Flickr Group (for weekly showcase submissions)

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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: Magda Djm, Julia Nathanson, Cindy Buske, Vivi Hanson Sacerdote, Giulia Baita, Laura Peischl, Deen Berton, Kate Zari Roberts, Jessy Menchaca, Liz Traynor, Paula Betlem, Montse Abad, Nisha Samararatne, Sara Augenbraun, Susan Rennie, Ile Mont, Meri Walker, Lee Atwell, Isabel Afonso, Kathy Clay, Pattie Baker, Dina Alfasi, Karen Axelrad, Connie Gardner Rosenthal, Basak Aytek, Christine Mignon, Donna Donato and Elaine Taylor.

Memories of fishermen ©Magda Djm

Oh, this wonderful photo by Magda is immediately evocative of  European photography of the early 20th century. The subject matter, the style, the out of focus areas of the surrounding background, and the choice of black and white all work perfectly to give a somewhat nostalgic and at the same time mysterious quality to the image. I singled out this photo for special mention for these qualities. Magda here has created a work that shifts between centuries and makes us think again that she shot this only recently.

Age of Innocence ©Laura Peischl

Laura’s beautiful photograph of two young girls at the beach in their “for-church” dresses recalls the wonderful childhood memories we now have as adults of that care-free and joyful time of our lives. Choosing to shoot the image in black and white (or edit it so) emphasises the light and beautiful texture of the sea foam as it flows to the girls knees. You can almost hear them squealing with excitement and delight. I have selected this image because Laura perfectly captures the essence of this moment which is part of the catalogue of memories of our own lives. Lovely Laura!

Under pressure ©Dina Alfas

Dina is a mysterious woman.  Only such a woman could have captured an image filled with mystery, allure, and multiple meaning. The complexity of the image, and the layering of multiple reflections in another’s hands could have fallen flat. With perfect instantaneous timing Dina, instead has created for us a photo rich in meaning. This is why I chose this image for special mention. Great eye Dina.

Stephen and Charlie, Otley Chevin, Yorkshire ©Elaine Taylor

This photograph caught my eye immediately because of the gorgeous jewel-like colours, and the point of view and framing of the scene.  Elaine’s photographs are always well-composed, as she knows how to crop and frame her subject matter in masterful ways. I have chosen Elaine’s image for special mention because it works so marvellously bringing all the compositional elements together to create for the viewer a scene that is so richly evocative of the wonder of childhood. I love this Elaine.

StreetsAhead Video Showcase

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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.