About Dasja Dolan
10th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Third Place, Peninsula People
By Dasja Dolan
"This photo is about the dreamy side of Palo Alto,"
said Dolan. "Palo Alto has so many facets. It can be a really
busy town, but this is quieter, it has an unreal quality to it.
I think this is the most beautiful side of Palo Alto."
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has extensive experience in the field of visual arts. She is a
former graphic artist, currently working as a massage therapist.
She also attended art school in Holland. "When I went to
art school, I did lots of black-and-white photography. I did studio
black and white, but I love doing color. I see the world in color."
She began photographing in art school, but came back to photography
full force this past year. "I photographed Palo Alto all
over, and I took this photo in April last year at the corner of
University Avenue and Bryant. Now it looks different because they
put some kind of metal fence over it so you can't see it anymore,"
Dolan used an Olympus Acura to take the shot. "It's a tiny
point-and-shoot but it takes wonderful pictures," said Dolan.
"It's versatile and fast and it has a very strong zoom; Instead
of pushing it into someone's face, you can take close-up pictures,"
One of the things Dolan most loved about this picture was the
diffused light. "At that time of the year there were no leaves
on the tree so the light could just hit the wall. The sun wasn't
sharp, just diluted light," she said
She hopes to continue working with photography, and graphic design.
"Maybe combine illustrations and layout, maybe publishing,"
All in all, Dolan has no intention of stopping, "I take pictures
almost every day. I remember one day I took 10 rolls! I'll end
up in the poor house!" she laughed.
-- Elizabeth Khuri