TrueView Interviews – “What Motivates You To Continue Creating Mobile Images” with Ilana Buch-Akoundi from New York City, USA


I am reallly excited today to publish this brand new TrueView Interview video, this time with one of our very own editors, the talented street photographer Ilana Buch-Akoundi and co-editor of StreetWise (with Lee Atwell). Buch-Akoundi is from New York City and a beautiful woman, inside and out. We asked her, “What Motivates You To Continue Creating Mobile Images, economically, politically, intellectually or emotionally? Please watch the video and enjoy her answer…

This is a hugely popular section to TheAppWhisperer, we are so proud of all the wonderful artists who are contributing to our this section. Our TrueView Interview section is where we ask one singular question ‘What does your work say about Mobile Photography and/or Art?’ and it’s captured to video. This is such an exciting area, so many of you are working on your videos right now, we all want to see and hear you, what a joy and privilege it is. Thank you so much.

If you would like to view our previous TrueView Interviews, please go here.

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Mobile Photography – StreetWise – Welcome and First Challenge


“To take photographs is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in the face of fleeting reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” Henri Cartier-Bresson ,1976

Greetings everyone!

Our intention with ‘StreetWise’ is to come together from around the world and share our passion and joy of street photography.

We hope it will be a place that you will find inspiration and motivation, whether you are newer to street photography, or a veteran.

Welcome to our first ‘StreetWise’ mobile photography showcase challenge!

The challenge is to shoot in black and white (or monochrome) to honor the beginnings of ‘classical street photography,’ and, as a homage to one of your favorite classical street photographers (or one that inspires you) from previous decades (think the 50s, 60s or 70s).

Cartier-Bresson also wrote that “while we’re working, we must be conscious of what we’re doing.” That consciousness takes many forms but in the end plucked from the everyday are moments transformed into art. This is what we hope to strive for at ‘StreetWise.’

If you are newer to street photography, you may want to begin by checking out the following link for inspiration:

Our first curated showcase will feature photos from this challenge. 

Please remember to post your photos for consideration to our StreetWise Challenge Flickr Group and include ‘’StreetWise’ Monochrome Challenge’ in your title. You may post up to three photos for this challenge. Please include in the description which street photographer you are honouring.

We will run the challenge until April 30th, 2016. 

We look so forward to seeing your photos! Enjoy!

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Lee Atwell and Ilana Buch-Akoundi Join TheAppWhisperer As Co-Editors of our StreetWise Column


I am delighted to announce that both Lee Atwell and Ilana Buch-Akoundi have officially joined TheAppWhisperer as co-editor’s of our StreetWise column. Previously this column was co-edited by Sheldon Serkin and Vivi Hanson Sacerdote, both of these wonderful co-editors have recently received increased demands in other areas of their lives and need to step back. We are grateful for all of their input and really excited to welcome Atwell and Buch-Akoundi into our team!

StreetWise is our dedicated column for mobile street photography and art. It differs from our StreetsAhead column as that is a Women’s movement. StreetWise is multi gender. Like our other groups, we also have a Facebook group dedicated to StreetWise, this provides a platform for discussion on the techniques, aesthetics, and goals that all mobile photographers bring to this art form, link.

We have a special Flickr Group for StreetWise, where we would like you to submit your images for curation in showcases, link.


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. 


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.


TheAppWhisperer is growing at a phenomenal rate and trying to include as much unique content and variety from the mobile photography and art world as our readers can possibly digest, you really don’t need to go anywhere else!  I have some more exciting news to announce shortly, stand by for that!

Please join us in warmly welcoming Ilana Buch-Akoundi and Lee Atwell to our TheAppWhisperer family. Welcome to you two, it feels so good to have you join us!

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Mobile Photography – Streets Ahead – Forty Seventh Edition – Women’s Street Photography Collective


Welcome to the forty seventh edition of “Streets Ahead,” 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)

• Facebook Group (for information sharing/discussions)

Gina Costa has once again commented on this weeks hand-picked images, it’s such a delight to read her expressive and articulate thoughts and Cara Gallardo Weil has put together a phenomenal video showcase, it will leave you breathless – thank you both so much. The fabulous music featured in the showcase today was created, recorded and produced by Gina Costa’s son, Johnny Zachman. The track is entitled ‘Out a Screen Door in Asheville’ and you can find out more about Johnny and his music at this link.

Many congratulations to the following artists for being featured this week including: Armineh Hovanesian, Jessy Menchaca, Laura Peischl, Karen Axelrad, Laetitia HC, Michelle Robinson, Connie Gardner Rosenthal, Robin Sacknoff, Basak Aytak, Susan Rennie, Nena Tikkonen, Julia Nathanson, Donna Donato, Louise Whiting, Vivi Hanson Sacerdote, Lee Atwell, Ile Mont, Ilana Buch-Akoundi, Tuvana Gunay, Michaela Meerkatz and Gina Costa.


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