22nd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Third Place, Views Beyond the Bay Area
Youth 17 and Under

"Beach Fence"

By Elise Most

Artist Statement:

My name is Elise Most, and I am a sophomore at Gunn High School. I took this photograph on the shores of Lake Michigan in summertime during a beautiful sunset. I crouched to capture an image of the sky through a wooden fence, in order to discover a new perspective of the old scene. I believe in the value of seeing through all eyes, not just your own.

Judge's Comment:

Elise Most, like other youth winners this year, shows us a keen sense of timing and quality of light in her third-place image, "Beach Fence." She takes an everyday subject and gives us a reason to consider it much longer than we might have if we had been standing in front of it ourselves. Rather than photograph the beach, she has brought us up to its edge where we can get lost in the blades of grass and winding layers of fence.

— Angela Buenning Filo

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