Welcome… results of last week’s Photo Challenge are in and the Monday Showcase is back after a bit of a break. The break was brought about by a combination of factors that culminated in some health issues and burnout. Now that I’ve finally managed to release the new version of the Mobiography Magazine app, I’m aiming to restart these showcases and move forward.

The theme of this week’s showcase was ‘Abstract’. The images submitted to this showcase all illustrated how when we look at our surrounding in a different way we can create images that take on an abstract look and feel. Close cropping is a common technique that is used for this. Color, patterns and symmetry were also other common approaches that photographers took.

Featured photographers this week include: @allophile_, @bazillus, @camhaynes22, @di.monheit19, @joseeh, @karangnarayana, @lasina, @mery_pictures, @rmencher, and @roelwildervanck.

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The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘On the Streets’. Think street photography, street portraits, urban scenes and people as they go about their day.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘On the Streets’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_130 on Instagram.

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

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When blooms and walls complement each other in the Barrio Viejo…

When blooms and walls complement each other in the Barrio Viejo…‘ by @allophile – “Tucson’s architectural soul is in its Barrio Viejo district. Nineteenth-century adobe Sonoran rowhouses — both whitewashed and brightly colored — share the streets with desert plants; the Arizona sense-of-place is strong. Going for a walk in the neighborhood, this aloe plant, blooming along a turquoise and orange wall, caught my eye—perfectly matching and complementary: pure color and form in the urban desert.
I took this photo with an iPhoneX, and used Snapseed minimally for exposure balance and to bring out the texture. With this scene on the shady side of the street, the light reflecting off a bright wall on the opposite, sunny side of the street was essential.”

Poissy, France

Poissy, France‘ by @bazillus – “My series ‘architecture – eye on detail’ is an ongoing project which I started in 2011. My focus is on the details of buildings, interior and excerpts from the urban space. The choice of the place, and the language of shapes and the light transfer the images to an independent abstract photo. As well as they are references to architectural styles and eras.

Black and White only! The selected photo I took in Poissy, France. ”

Twining (a little) about the snow this morning

Twining (a little) about the snow this morning‘ by @camhaynes22 – “On any regular day I love scanning potential photo opps in my otherwise ordinary garden. I go out with no set expectations and just hope for something like this little tendril to catch my attention.

At the time I posted this curly cue, we were a little over a month into the COVID-19 lockdown in Canada. Most of my photos are from my garden anyway so the new lockdown and overall social distancing didn’t really change my overall process. Still, it made me re-appreciate my home surroundings and my little bubble.

Boring can be inspiring. It inspires me every day. It forces me to take a closer look. Not just to “look” but “see” what is right in front of me; to be appreciative of the monotony that surrounds me. Embrace it, because it is everywhere.

Photographed and edited on Samsung Galaxy S7 (no flash, no tripod). Minimal edit with SnapSeed. Unfortunately I never recall the specific edits I might have made. It just happens. ”

Pythagorus

Pythagorus‘ by @di.monheit19 – “When visiting new areas, of course I love to walk and capture the sights. I spied this abstract and minimal shot during a time when the sky was hazy due to a nearby fire. I love how the two posts and their reflections conspire to make a triangle. Whenever I think of triangles I think of Pythagorus and his famous theorem. Minimal edits in Snapseed.”

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Untitled‘ by @joseeh – “This photo was shot on an early, foggy morning by the lake. I liked the look of these slender water plants in the mist.
I lightly worked the image using Snapseed.”

Jukung on the snow

Jukung on the snow‘ by @karangnarayana

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Untitled‘ by @lasina – “I took this photo while attending a street photography workshop by the talented Mark Fearnley. It was changed to black and white in Hipstamatic and further edited in Snapseed.”

Minimal

Minimal‘ by @mery_pictures – “This is the top part of a white sculpture at UM which caught my eye for the blue sky behind it. I used my Samsung Galaxy S8, played with the contrast to make it more abstract.”

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – C. G. Jung

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – C. G. Jung‘ by @rmencher – ” I first traveled to Guatemala in 2007 for a writer’s workshop conducted by the author, Joyce Maynard. I stayed in the Mayan village of San Marcos La Laguna, on the shores of Lake Atitlán. When I first arrived, it felt like home and I have visited 3 times since.

In November 2013, I traveled by boat, and then by tuk-tuk, to Santiago Atitlán (elevation 5,105 feet), also on the shores of The Lake. We stopped at a vista to rest. There, across the pristine waters, rose Volcán de San Pedro. I snapped only one picture with my iPhone 4 (my first and favorite iPhone of all).

I loved the dreamy quality of the image. So, I gave it a small crop in Snapseed, utilized auto enhance in Photos on my MacBook Air, followed by the vivid filter. After importing it into Instagram, I applied the Hudson filter, which, if one studies the picture closely, it appears as if the volcano has erupted.”

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Untitled‘ by @roelwildervanck – “This photo was taken during a tour of the old post office of Breda, a city in the south of the Netherlands. It was in the evening so the lights were on. When we arrived at the stairwell I looked up and saw this beautiful spiral pattern in the warm light of the lamps. Of course I wanted to capture this image immediately. The only camera I had with me at that moment was my iPhone.”

Don’t forget…

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘On the Streets’. Think street photography, street portraits, urban scenes and people as they go about their day.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘On the Streets’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_130 on Instagram.

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