|Photo Contest 2011
Inspired by photographers such as Sally Mann, Robert Frank, and Martin Parr, I am really fascinated by street photography and capturing moments as they present themselves. I believe that anything can be photographed in an intriguing way, even everyday life.
Of all photography genres, portraiture is most appealing to me because of its potential to portray emotion. In my opinion, photographing people is exciting and creates a connection between the subject and the photographer.
Walking around with my family at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose, I noticed that my nephews were fascinated by the mural on the wall. They began running around, and reaching for the inanimate objects painted in bright, dazzling colors. I was not sure what they were doing, but I realized that it was a chance for a candid photo.
Although it was the color that attracted my nephews, I chose to make the photo black and white as it channels the focus of the photo. This truly was a lucky shot; I saw the moment and grasped the opportunity.
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