About Catherine Pooley
10th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Co-winner, Youth Award
"An attempt to capture
By Catherine Pooley
Thirteen-year-old Catherine Pooley may be the youngest winner
of this year's contest, but the artistry of her winning photograph,
"An Attempt to Capture Time," belies her age.
Click on photo for larger image.
The middle school student has been taking pictures for less than
a year, but photography is in her blood. With a cousin, an aunt,
and a great-uncle who are photographers, Pooley seems born to
She began practicing photography in an art class earlier this
year. Her winning submission, one of three she entered, was taken
for a final project in that class.
"We had to choose a theme," she said. "I chose
water. It's one of my favorites because of the way I got the drops
The photograph, which features her art teacher's hand, shows that
for Pooley, photography is more than pointing and shooting.
"I had to put (the camera) on a really fast speed and I focused
in on the hand," she said. "It looks really cool because
the background is really blurry and the drops are really clear."
Pooley says she isn't sure what she'll do with photography in
the future, but is looking ahead. "I'm saving up my money
so I can do more. I might take a photography elective next year
in high school, and maybe some more art classes."