10th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Second Place, Peninsula People
"Rachel on a Cold Day"
By Richard Phillips
About Richard Phillips
Richard Philips saw his daughter, Rachel, in a certain pose, he
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"I got up one morning and she was sitting in an easy chair
in her room, not awake yet. She was cold and she was wrapped up
in a blanket. The light was coming in from the window and I said,
'Don't move.' I went and I got my camera."
Phillips just hoped that the shot would be in focus. "I had
to hand-hold the shot -- it had quite a low shutter speed, maybe
1/15 or 1/8 of a second," he said. "I congratulated
myself that it came out."
Phillips, a career counselor by day, only photographs a couple
of times a month with his manual Nikon FM. "I work pretty
regularly, but it really goes in cycles," he said. He's been
into photography since he was 14, and is mostly self taught. "I've
taken a couple of classes and I used to have a black and white
darkroom in the old days."
What he liked about the photo was its ambience. "I just liked
the mood of it, it is a very nice mood. What it represented to
me was really a person who is contemplating. Their eyes are open
but they're really not seeing. They're thinking about something
His daughter liked it too. Out of the stack of photos that Philips
considered entering, Rachel told her father, "Do that one."
-- Elizabeth Khuri