Esther Trible has worked hard to be the photographer that she is today, but it has certainly been a labor of love. A real estate agent with Cornish & Carey, Trible's two progressive portraits have earned her an award that she can add to last year's second place finish in the Views of Peninsula Nature category of the Weekly's photo contest.
Her winning pictures combine different developing techniques in an effort to transcend traditional portraits. With "Patricia," she developed an Ilfochrome print of her subject and combined it with the reverse image of the background, effectively sandwiching two print transparencies together. For 'Adelita,' she employed split-tone printing, a technique that leaves part of the image in black-and-white while sepia-toning the rest, giving the entire image a three-dimensional depth.
"I'm interested in photographing faces, and particularly in seeing how I can make each one distinctive," she explained. "I've been a photographer for many years, and when I see something that I can combine with something else, that I can put together. . . . That's the fun part of it."
Trible attributes her success to years of classes, practice and old-fashioned elbow grease, a prescription that she advises the would-be photographer to employ. However, this practical approach need not produce conservative results.
"You have to try to see things in a different way, to see what is not readily apparent. It does take a lot of photographing, a lot of throwing things away, to see what's in there that you really like. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it."
Trible's work has been seen at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel and the Santa Cruz Art League, and she has received honors from the Santa Cruz Museum.