About Ceara O'Leary
10th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Second Place, Peninsula Images
"Main Building Column"
By Ceara O'Leary
"I take pictures of real things but then I get to manipulate
them," budding photographer Ceara O'Leary said.
Click on photo for larger image.
didn't use computer effects or darkroom tricks to alter "Main
Building Column." She instead chose her frame and stood at
a low eye level to highlight the contrast between light and dark.
Using that technique, O'Leary brought out the essence of the building,
which she described as "distinguished and dignified."
The column is located at the entrance to the main building at
Atherton's Sacred Heart Preparatory, where O'Leary is a junior.
She took the picture for a photography class taught by O'Leary's
aunt, Peggy O'Leary. She told her niece, and the class, to take
a creative picture of the campus.
Creativity is something O'Leary has in spades. Many of her photos
have been published in the student newspaper, and "Main Building
Column" was printed in the school's newsletter. "Art
has always been around me," O'Leary said, noting that both
of her parents have artistic inclinations.
O'Leary, who is beginning the college application process this
year, is interested in architecture as a possible career path,
but will pursue a liberal undergraduate education.
Sacred Heart, true to its name, is providing a good preparation
for her future. "It's a really good education and really
challenging," O'Leary said. "I get a lot out of it,
as long as I put a lot into it."
-- Bill D'Agostino