14th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Norbert Von Der Groeben
von der Groeben joined the staff of the Palo Alto Weekly as
in July 2003. Prior to
working at the Weekly, Norbert spent 17 years as a staff
photographer at a daily newspaper, the Contra Costa Times.
Norbert earned a bachelor's of art degree from Long Beach
State University and majored in visual communications. In
addition to his photos being published by the Palo Alto Weekly
and the Contra Costa Times in the last two decades, his pictures
have appeared in such magazines as People, Business Week
and Vanity Fair. Norbert has also published a childrenπs
book, "Fire Station Number 4." Author Mary T. Fortney
wrote the text and Norbert provided the photos.
" In my opinion, a great people photo
is one that elicits a definitive reaction from the viewer.
looking at the photo, you either want to meet the person or
run as far away from him as you can. Chris Marolf's photo -
'Sunflower' -- has that magic. I wanted to know more about
who was behind that sunflower. ... The starkness of the black-and-white
photograph drew me in completely. I seriously doubt the composition
would have worked as well in color; it probably wouldn't have
forced the viewer to take a second look."
--Norbert von der Groeben
Fine art photographer David Hibbard
traces his career back to age 7 when on a family vacation he
attempted to record
the magnificent Big Sur coast with a Brownie camera. Encouragement,
first from Ansel Adams then later from Marion Patterson helped
David find his way as a photographic artist. The forest,
coastal, and wetland environments of the Bay Area ãplaces
he has explored with great care and patience) are an ongoing
focus of his work. His photography has won many local awards
(including previous Palo Alto Weekly contests). David frequently
exhibits his work and teaches workshops on the art of photography.
A sampling of David's recent work can be seen at www.davidhibbard.com.
" The lattice work of lines and shapes
is intriguing of itself, but our eye is drawn to the dark
seemingly trapped within it all. The photograph records a simple
action -- a person walking across a catwalk -- yet it is so
much more than that."
Joseph Quever was born and raised
in Palo Alto. He attended Cubberley High School, and studied
photography at the UC
Santa Cruz. He began his professional career producing
album covers for Columbia Records, and assisting noted Bay
photographer George Fry. He opened his own commercial photography
studio in downtown Palo Alto in 1989, utilizing medium
and large format cameras, and his work has been displayed across
California. Many of the photographs produced for his clients
(mostly advertising, catalog and corporate) have won design
awards recognized in their respective industries. He has
relocated to Mountain View, and has had a relatively recent
shift to digital -- as requested by many of his clients.
He continues to be excited by the ever-changing visual
which took him on a two month hiatus, to study filmmaking
at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
" There was wonderful work, in all categories.
What stuck with me most, though, was the youth category. I
think of my own photography before the age 16, and to be quite
honest, it didn't even come close to the majority of the vision
and creativity I saw in this year's entries. The attention
to lighting, composition, (selective) focus, mood, and creativity
were very inspiring. There were a wonderful variety of techniques
- both technical and visual."
©Abe Aronow 2003
(a 1993 PA Weekly Photo Contest winner) is both a fine art
and documentary style photographer. She
has published and exhibited nationally and internationally.
In the summer of 2004 she had a solo exhibition with a catalog, "Organic
Forms," of her hand-painted gelatin silver photographs
at the Albuquerque Museum in New Mexico. Her work and newest
catalog, "Myth and the Natural World" can be seen
in Palo Alto at Modernbook Gallery, where she exhibited in
November 2004. She teaches hand painting, exhibition and
photography project workshops regularly through the Stanford
Continuing Studies program and serves on the board of the
Santa Fe Center for Photography.
"Manipulating photographic images is tricky
business these days -- in more ways than one. There are many
digital tricks to play on the viewer, and it's easy (too easy)
to get lost in the buttons, sliders, masks, plug-ins and filters
that can turn an image into incoherent neon color and confusion.
It was refreshing to see that the majority of entries in the
manipulated category displayed a subtle, sure touch. Our three
winners each had an idea that was clearly realized -- the manipulations
not random but in service of an artistic concept. On reflection,
I realize that our choices followed a theme. We chose three
images each addressing the question of history, whether personal
history, art history, or political history."