Jeffrey Walker

Rooftop 1, Jodhpur, India

Third Place Views Beyond the Peninsula

Jeffrey Walker is making his way around the world with his camera in hand. What he captures is something many may not even see.

In his photo entitled "Rooftop 1, Jodhpur, India," Walker invites viewers to draw their own conclusions about what is shown. Maybe some will see the beautiful blue rooftops as representations of comfort and rest away from the chaos of the streets below. Others might notice the buildings crowded together and imagine the tightness of a city where the only free space is atop a manmade structure.

Walker himself sees this photo as "a mixture of two things"-- primarily, as a quilt made of single rooftop squares streaked with colorful sheets and saris. These vibrant splashes of life come amidst a background of blue rectangles and squares. In the foreground, someone is clearly resting on the roof, but if you look closer, people can be seen hanging clothes and sitting on adjacent rooftops. Walker says that this picture is "a visual quilt--a quilt of life."

When describing why he took the picture, Walker said, "I watched life and took what I saw. People in Asia tend to conduct a lot of their lives on the rooftops--cooking, washing--it's a slice of life there."

As an amateur photographer who does not wish to make his hobby a career, Walker explains that when he begins to think about photography as a business, "it detracts from the art form of it."

--Patricia Gosalvez