19th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Second Place, Views Beyond the Bay Area
By Ellen Konar
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Checking in at Melbourne's Hotel Como for a short business stay, I had little hope of experiencing the classic beauty which brings most visitors to Australia. I turned from the check-in desk and saw this chair, bathed in the light and shadows of the bustling street outside, filtered by the linear window treatment in between. Were the subtle, neutral colored intrusions of the vibrant city outside a symbolic foreshadowing of my Australian experience? They were. Meetings in hotels, office buildings and even the homestead of a sheep farm were the foreground of my stay, but oh-so-subtly enhanced by the magic of Australia peeking in the window.
One would not normally think that an office window looking out on flat brick surface would provide much of a "view," but Ellen Konar's "Filtered Light" makes much out of little. We loved the strong, graphic quality of this image: the contrast of light and shadow heightened by the play of diagonal lines against verticals.
-- David Hibbard