15th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
About Ken Van Bree
Ken Van Bree's photographic skills have come a long way from when he first used a "brownie" camera in seventh grade.
Photography was a hobby until three years ago, when Van Bree became a professional, doing construction photography for the home building business. The construction business requires a timeline of photographs, as a construction project is built over time, he said. Likewise, his photographs combine that sentiment with nature.
The inspiration for his approach comes from the Internet bubble, he said.
"I worked for a high tech company. There was always talk about running projects on Internet time. I wanted at least one project that doesn't run on that schedule. I was tired of schedules. Nature runs on its own time," he said.
"Winter's ghost" was photographed over a three to four-month time span at Shoreline Park in Mountain View. From January to April, Van Bree returned to the same spot to photograph its natural changes. The work is a composite of two images, he said.
Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund
For the last 23 years, the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund has given away more than $4 million to local nonprofits serving children and families. When you make a donation, every dollar is automatically doubled, and 100% of the funds go directly to local programs. It’s a great way to ensure your charitable donations are working at home.