While slicing a kiwi one night, Jordy Mont-Reynaud noticed how the light almost seemed to come through it. He decided to try to capture the transparency of the fruit on film. Such was the origin of "Te Kiwi Sunrise," a youth award winner in the Weekly's contest.
Although the photo was taken on a whim, Mont-Reynaud's talent is not so fleeting. The 15-year-old Gunn High School junior was also last year's youth winner for a shot he took of a deer in the local foothills.
Mont-Reynaud uses a Canon XS and prints and develops his own film at school. He was introduced to photography at Camp Swig in Saratoga three years ago. Since then, he has taken classes at Gunn and is now in Advanced Photography.
Mont-Reynaud says he likes all forms of photography, but his favorite subjects are closeups of nature. Sometimes he will just walk around his Palo Alto neighborhood and look for shots.
"Sometimes I have no time (to shoot) because of schoolwork, but sometimes I just set aside a couple of hours to take pictures," he says. And schoolwork isn't the only thing that keeps him busy. Mont-Reynaud also plays on the varsity tennis team at Gunn, and he enjoys reading, playing chess and the piano and working on the computer. He is now building a couple of personal Web sites, one of which will be devoted to photography.
Mont-Reynaud was very pleased with "Te Kiwi Sunrise" because it grew out of an idea.
"It's not you're average shot," he says. "It's unique, because I had to actually come up with the concept for the shot. I couldn't go out and find it."