The theme for the last Mobiography smartphone photo challenge was ‘Street Life’. For this challenge the Mobiography community was asked to share their best photos that capture life on the streets. Think street photography, street portraits, urban scenes and people as they go about their day. Here is a small selection of some of the street photos that were tagged for this challenge.

Featured photographers this week include: @arashrimus, @detailsofberlin, @dviviano, @freypics, @jawdoc2, @jm_ragsdale_photo, @nnkrenz, @verena0489, @persiflagepics, @emmafwright, and @wolfdogz.

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The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Negative Space’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that use negative space and simple, uncluttered compositions.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Negative Space’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_131 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

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The Story of The Computer Recyclers

The Story of The Computer Recyclers‘ by @arashrimus – “Contracted workers at the back of a truck whilst taking a quick break from work; these guys were contracted by a company to recycle old PC Computers; evidently on the back of the truck-bed a few dozens of old computer cases are visible. This rather surreal scene captured all of my attention leaving me no other option but to take a snapshot of those hardworking workers taking a break on a hot summer’s day in Tehran.”

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Untitled‘ by @detailsofberlin – “This photo was taken during a cold winter day when I did a photo tour with my Instagram friend Mina aka @bearlin_pix in an area of Berlin that is called Schöneweide. We explored the area because there are some lost places and factory buildings and there is also the river that you can can cross via this bridge. Taken on my iPhone and edited with Enlight and VSCO. ”

Shadow and light in Palermo

Shadow and light in Palermo‘ by @dviviano – “I took this photo in one of the narrow streets in the historic center of Palermo. I liked how the light was creeping between the buildings and illuminated the workshop of the craftsman who worked in front of the door. I had seen the old man coming up behind me at a very slow pace. This allowed me to give myself time to frame well and at the right moment to shoot. I enhanced the contrast between the background shadow that frames and the scene with a minimum of editing with Snapseed.”

The silhouette of the night

The silhouette of the night‘ by Freya Batra @freypics – “We expected the outdoor restaurants to be open, but they weren’t, and so the market-place and restaurant seating areas were mostly vacant so I used them for photography purposes. The white textured and holed wall created a street-like background for the photo I was about to capture. I told my model to sit on one of the empty seats. She was asked to wearing dark clothes which would therefore create a silhouette-like image on the white background.

I took the photo and used photoshop mobile to add a ‘high contrast black and white’ filter on the image and then dehazed it 80% which formed my silhouette of the night picture. ”

Online

Online‘ by @jawdoc2 – “I noticed the reflections off this black glass table inside a local hotel in Vancouver.

With the back light from outside, it created these black silhouettes against the blue and white backdrop.

I set up my composition using my iPhone XS max and waited for a passerby to step into the frame to create this mirror image reflection.”

Ai Weiwei at the Hirshhorn

Ai Weiwei at the Hirshhorn‘ by @jm_ragsdale_photo – “I had been visiting DC at least once a year while my son was living there, so catching an Ai Wei Wei exhibit was a matter of lucky timing. The image was taken at the entrance to the exhibit. I was immediately drawn to the incredible portrait and loved the way the lines of the escalator shaped my view.

This was taken with an iPhone 7s. I was taught film photography in the 70’s, so my approach, especially in street-type work is minimal. Only minor adjustments to overall exposure is all I do.”

A wise old owl sat in an oak. The more he saw, the less he spoke. The less he spoke the more he heard…

A wise old owl sat in an oak. The more he saw, the less he spoke. The less he spoke the more he heard…‘ by @nnkrenz – “This man was sitting on the street selling his items and seemed so mysterious look at he’s eyes so intense. This was in Luxor, Egypt.”

Old lady again! She really made my day!

Old lady again! She really made my day!‘ by @verena0489 – “I took this picture during my vacation in Cuba.

We were walking down the streets in Trinidad when this old lady waved at me. I walked over and she talked to me in spanish but unfortunately I don’t speak spanish. She showed me some of her handworks she tried to sell. I bought one of her works. She stood behind her door and I was just impressed. I could see into her housing and she really had nothing but still had this smile on her face and seemed to be happy with the little things she owned. I asked her if she would mind if I took a photo of her. I then made the photo black and white to give it a little more depth.”

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Untitled‘ by @persiflagepics – “I was really taken by the gentleman’s posture and the daily struggle that appears to present. I look to capture images that tell a story of some kind and I’m especially drawn to stories about the human condition. Daily struggles of life and the empathy that elicits and draws from a viewer.

I took this shot very spontaneously on my iPhone 7 and did a little post production work on it using Snapseed. I increased the contrast a little, cleaned up the whites and the shadows and slightly cropped it from the original.

I’m usually quite conscious of backgrounds too, and suddenly realised the shot became a frame within a frame, also framing him within the approaching vans’ front windshield. It was luck that I caught such a balanced moment, which seemed to also add to its power as an image and its poignancy as to what you feel when you see it.

I have taken a few images similar to this as part of an on going (neverending!!!) series loosely titled ‘Not every heroic journey involves a cape’. Part of it is I marvel at the daily heroics so many people display in getting on with life despite its hurdles. This image seemed to powerfully capture some of that, not in an overt way, but still says something about humanity. For me anyway!!!”

On Your Bike

On Your Bike‘ by @emmafwright

Stir Fry

Stir Fry‘ by @wolfdogz

Don’t forget…

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Negative Space’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that use negative space and simple, uncluttered compositions.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Negative Space’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_131 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

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