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Mobile Photography – StreetWise – ‘Shooting From The Knees’ Challenge Results

Taking an image, freezing the moment, reveals how rich reality truly is…” Ansel Adams

Hello everyone!

Thank you all for submitting your images to our StreetWise Flickr group for our 11th Challenge Shooting from the Knees. This wasn’t an easy challenge and we were thrilled by and are always so inspired by the quality of photography submitted to our group from around the world and it is an honor to share the showcases with you.

It is always incredibly difficult for us to choose such few images for the showcase from all those that were submitted and we want you to know we appreciate each and every post.

As a reminder, we choose images for the showcase that are in keeping with our group’s intention and guidelines focusing on the key aspects of street photography composition, timing, juxtaposition, catching the decisive moment rather than relying too much on Apping or images that are more art-oriented or painterly.

If you are a mobile street photographer, please consider joining our growing community.

To those new to our street photography community, welcome – it is great to have you join us!

Flickr Group (for weekly showcase submissions)

Facebook Group (for information sharing/discussions) StreetWise – Mobile Street Photography – an Group

A special thank you to Joanne.

We hope you feel inspired by this showcase and our wonderful group. Until next time, happy shooting, everyone!

Ilana and Lee

Congratulations to the following artists: Dina Alfasi, Donna Donato, Micheldev1, Rene Valencia, Sylvie Prevot, Luison, Karen Axelrad, Connie Gardner Rosenthal, Dina Alfasi, JH McBandy-smartphoneographer, Vondav, Paul Yan, Paula Betlem, Liliana Schwitter, Marc Zetterblom, and Overheard Overscene.


‘Shooting from the Knees’ ©Marc Zetterblom


Marc’s photo is a fierce action scene caught in a sensational dream that takes this challenge to the max! It bursts with color in the hopped up reds of the child’s raincoat, bicycle frame, and fence, (some of which is reflected in this awesome puddle), to the blue, blue of the sky. The brightness adds to the playful, dreamlike feel of this image as the subject appears to be racing into some marvellous reverie born of our imagination. Indeed, the puddle seems to have a life of its own and carry in its ripples the kinetic whimsy of childhood itself.

Super composition, Marc!


‘Shooting from the Knees 4 – II Gondoliere’ ©Maurizio Zanetti



Mario’s photograph takes us to Venice! How marvellous it is to travel in this shot, looking up at the Gondolier is his iconic striped shirt and red, kerchief belt with the famous, elegant architecture of Venice in the background. That we are below a perfect blue sky dotted in the corner by a single partial white cloud is reminiscent of a postcard.

What a fun image, Maurizio!


‘Guided by Voices’ ©Paul Yan



Paul’s photo is a great example of how a low angle shot can completely transform it. Imagine this capture taken at eye level instead – probably still a great photo capturing dynamism, but, by taking the photo close to the ground, he was able to accentuate the beautiful radial composition of the architecture – leading beautifully towards the subject.

Because the photo was captured near the subject’s foot, it also creates a beautiful line leading up the leg toward the center of the photo. The dark pants and white shirt are balanced beautifully, and the angles in the legs and arms add to the strength of this photo’s composition.

Great shot, Paul!


‘Dance Little Sister’ ©Paula Betlem



Paula’s capture exemplifies what is required often when one is capturing a photo of children in the street – having to kneel down to get to their level in order to capture their facial expressions as Paula has done in this case.

The photo captures such a sweet scene of two children dancing, seemingly oblivious to their environment, although as onlookers we may imagine there could be a street performer nearby that is inspiring such a wonderful expression of freedom – dancing in the street.

There is a beautiful composition to this photo – not only the connection between the foreground children, but also the line of people in the background who are linking the two together at eye level, adding a sense of time and place to the photo.

Well done, Paula!


StreetWise ‘Shoot from the Knees’ Showcase!

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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.