11th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Second Place, Peninsula Images
By Susan Neville
About Susan Neville
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"The phrase, 'hidden in plain view' sums up the mystery
and intrigue that photography holds for me," said Palo Alto
resident Susan Neville.
this image of the Tech Museum in San Jose, I looked from a different
perspective at the obvious. Taking this picture required slowing
down and shifting to a more intuitive mental state. When I do
that, I look for interesting shapes, intense color, and an element
of imagination. I wanted to show beauty in a reflected color and
the tension of big geometric curves and angles."
Neville started photographing 21 years ago when the first of
her four children was born. Her children were a wonderful motivation
to keep photographing, she said. She started taking photographs
on family trips, and her travel photography appears on Postcards2.com,
a Web site that she co-founded that lets users send free e-mail
She received her master's degree in business administration
from Stanford Business School. She currently facilitates a course
on interpersonal dynamics.
"I see similarities between my photography and the work
I do helping small groups of students work on developing their
ability to communicate effectively with others. In my facilitator
role and as a photographer, I try to catch and bring to view moments
or images that might have otherwise stayed hidden. I've done my
best work when I've been able to create an image that strikes
a chord in someone else," she said.
-- Sue Dremann