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Mobile Photography – StreetWise Summer Showcase 2017

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.” Ansel Adams

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for submitting your images to StreetWise Flickr group. All we can say is “wow!” what incredible images! Lee and I are proud to curate so many wonderful artists from around the world, this is truly an international group and it is our honor to share the showcases with you.

Once again, Lee and I found it difficult to choose such few images for the showcase from all those that were submitted and we want you to know that 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 key aspects of street photography composition, timing, juxtaposition, catching the decisive moment rather than relying on too much aping or images that are more art oriented or painterly.

If you are a street photographer, please consider joining our growing community. To those new to our community, welcome! It’s great to have you join us!

Please continue to post your images to StreetWise Flickr group for showcase submissions:

Please note that StreetWise Facebook page is NOT for posting photographs but for sharing information/discussions, thank you!

A special thank you to Joanne.

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

Many congratulations to the following artists for being featured in our showcase including: Donna Donato, Albion Harrison-Nash, Laurence Bouchard, Paula Betlem, Myna, Nick Kenrick, Isabelle Wolter, Marc Zetterblom, Dina Alfasi, Julia Nathanson, Valeria Cammereri, Rob Pearson-Wright, Overheard OverScene, Gergely Hando, Tessfra, Luison, Susan Rennie, Melissa David, Karen Axelrad, Mark Fearnley, Paul Yan, Ryan Vaarsi, Isabel Alfonso, Stephanie L.P., Michel Dev1, Paul Yan, Laura Pieschl, Marc Zetterblom, Kate Zari Roberts, Ale Di Gangi, Joy Banik, Julia Nathanson, Kathy Clay and Cyclefan.


‘Namba Crossing’ ©Mark Fearnley

Mark’s photograph is a perfect example of street and fine arts photography combined together to create a vivid and striking image. It’s a dream-like scene with wonderful light and shadows offering the viewer an abundance of drama. The graphic quality is ramped up by the wide white lines of the street crossing that meets a swath of sunlight in which the single subject is traversing. We are placed front and center, feeling as if we are standing at the edge of the frame with the mysterious woman heading toward us? Could it be? Mark creates a sense of curiosity taking the photo from that angle with his masterful use of light and shadow. We see enough of the woman, her stride, her umbrella, (its details even), the way the sunlight plays off her arm to be intrigued and keep looking. And we want the details — so our eyes are riveted as are our minds conjuring the multitude of stories that arise from this awesome shot.

So beautifully captured, Mark!


‘Our Lady of Sorrows’ ©Valeria Cammereri

In Valerie’s photo, as in Mark’s, the viewer is instantly propelled into a world of the imagination. And the possibilities are endless. This time we are immersed in a night scene. Another single figure. This time a man. We are as captivated as he is, wondering what is it about what’s happening inside that has him so transfixed. The details are marvellous. Light is accentuating the bold architecture, the frame of the window, and the seemingly immoveable outline of the main subject, he appears as unreal as the large image of the woman inside, who is enraptured and looking heavenward. The story delightfully takes off! The perfect balance between light and dark not only creates a myriad of shapes, but adds a wonderful sense of dimension to this solid and beautiful composition.

Well seen, Valeria!


‘Communication Breakdown’ – ©Stephanie L.P.

Stephanie’s photo is a viewing delight – from the bright shades of green, to the almost whimsical angles and bold shapes of the background, to the lively subject matter.

What struck me initially about the photo was how much it reminded me of a vintage Norman Rockwell barbershop painting or a photo from the 1960s of young women connecting with one another at a hairdressing salon – as at first glance the fan in the upper center of the photo appears to be a salon hairdryer.

Although the three young women are all absorbed by their handheld devices, there also seems to be a close connection that transcends their individual activity, a real camaraderie between them, as the two on the edges lean into towards the central figure.

The colours are gorgeous – the lush greens are beautifully balanced by the blue tones of the denim jeans and shorts and the girl’s white t-shirts, and the running shoes in the foreground nicely balance the white geometric shape angling into the scene in the upper right.

Of course, all the angles are captivating, not only the ones created by the background colours but also the angles of the feet, the legs and the elbows.

What a wonderful capture, Stephanie!


‘The Shop Owner’ ©Micheldev1

Michel’s photo is another delightful image that hearkens to another era. There is something so soothing upon viewing this photo – the light is stunning and the mood is quite pensive. We are witness to a quiet moment a gentleman in a cap gazing outwards towards the street while bathed in, what one could imagine, is late afternoon, end of the day sunlight. We too, are looking at what the subject is looking at – the street, the wheel of a bike (parked or riding by), the magic of the golden hour and together the elements engage us in a profound way.

It is titled ‘The Shop Owner’ and so, one is curious to know what kind of shop this is – in this way, even the title draws the viewer into the scene – there is a vase of flowers, what looks like a pot of tea or jug of water, but not much else to give us clues to where and what kind of shop this is. Is the man the owner or a customer leisurely taking in the atmosphere – and so this also creates a feeling of intrigue which captivates the imagination.

The light and shadows are superb, they draw us into the photo and anchor us there, as well the colours which are beautifully warm and alluring. What an enchanting scene.

Well seen and captured, Michel!


StreetWise Summer Showcase 2017

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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.