13th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Second Place, Peninsula People
"My Daughter Zoe"
By Chris Marolf
About Chris Marolf
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Marolf, a photographer for 25 of his 40 years, used to primarily
shoot street photography. But that changed a bit when he became
a father three years ago. Suddenly, he became interested in portraiture
-- though so far, his children have been the only subjects.
He said his pictures are not mere photo-album fluff, disdaining
what he calls the "standard kid shot," such as the
chocolate-smeared face. His goal is to produce work that is meaningful
to others, despite featuring his own kin.
"I want to show children as real humans with real emotions," Marolf
explained, adding that this winning photo is one of an ongoing series documenting
his children's growth. Marolf is somewhat haunted by the fact that each moment
of a child's development is fleeting. He wants to capture each stage with what
he calls " a visual diary of how they grew up."
Marolf, a 15-year peninsula resident, believes he inherited photography from
his own father, who always took shots of the family with cameras that fascinated
his son. Though Marolf sometimes shoots in color, he chose black-and-white for
this series because it lends itself better to indoor shooting. Also, he adds,
it has a certain timeless quality.