Contest 8 – "Show Us the Light"
Universal element of a great photo is lighting.
The contest finalists photographs.
Review of the prize winners by Jami Saunders
Positive Focus wrapped 2004 with the successful contest, "Show Us the Light."
Entries were received from around the country and competition as expected,
was tough. We are excited to introduce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners to you.
Martha Kate Ginsberg, from right here in NYC, took 1st place for her image "Taos,
New Mexico." Need we tell you where she made this picture?? Ginsberg, whose day
job is spent at a large PR firm, obviously has an eye for light and design when
spending time away from the office. You can almost feel the texture of the hut
depicted here, baking in the sun, and smell the sunlight bouncing off the facade.
I can only image what else surrounded this building, hoping that miles of
contoured structures like this held shadows similarly but knowing that quite
probably Ginsberg found a special niche of sunlight and beauty. Ginsberg, who is
also a painter, finds inspiration in moments and in "finding _expression(s) to
illuminate the things, people, relationships in life that move or fascinate (me)."
Contact Martha Kate Ginsberg at email@example.com.
Rich Press won 2nd place for his image "Girl Underwater," which was made in 1999
in the South Bronx , where Press spent many hot days that summer. Spewing fire
hydrants and kids playing in their rain have often seemed to be a recipe for
success, and with this image, Press further supports that theory. Nonetheless,
just because it has been done before, doesn't make this image any less refreshing.
The image of kids playing on a hot summer day, sun gleaming through the water,
and one lonely girl on the curb, leaves you with so many questions, the way a
successful photograph does. Press, who since making this picture has become a
professional photographer, now teaches photography at Cooper Union and Educational
Alliance, while freelancing for several publications. It's worth noting a project of
Mr. Press's called Beyond Ground Zero ( www.richpress.com ) . Previously a forensic
photographer for the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, Press depicts a
n often untold side of tragic and traumatic events through images in this photo essay.
Contact Rich Press at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Wallengren took 3rd place in the Show Us the Light contest, with his image
"In Between Innings." Taken on opening day this year at Fenway Park , home to "my
beloved Boston Red Sox," as Wallengren states in their championship year, this Holga
captured image evokes feelings of nostalgia for the viewer. I imagine mid-day baseball
games and the sun that beats down, exciting the crowd, the park, the players, and the
neighborhood. Although there are some pieces to this image that would be recognized
only by the serious baseball fans, such as the green wall which Wallengren describes
as a Fenway "icon," they can still be appreciated for the simple fact that they
work well in the image, regardless of what it means to the diehards. Congratulations
and good luck to Wallengren, who in the past year decided to move into pursuing
photography full-time after working as an illustrator/graphic designer.
Contact Jason Wallengren through email (email@example.com ) or
his website: www.jasonwallengren.com.