Tracy Turk

"Boys of Summer"
Second place Peninsula People

Capturing those fleeting childhood moments was the impulse that initially led Tracy Turk to pursue amateur photography. Her winning photo, "Boys of Summer," hung on her refrigerator for quite some time before the warm comments of several friends finally persuaded her to submit her work in the Weekly's contest.

Although she usually takes color pictures, the Palo Alto resident decided to experiment with black-and-white to catch her two sons, 3-year-old Matthew and 2-year-old Nicholas, in action.

"It was just a typical summer day, and they were eating their Popsicles," Turk remembers. "I just had to capture the moment."

In fact, most of the 35-year-old, stay-at-home mom's pictures have featured her husband and sons. Though she says she takes some photos of scenery, the true joy arises out of freezing a special moment as an image the whole family can treasure in the years to come.

"We like hiking and traveling and staying active with the kids," Turk says. "I like to take a lot (of photos) at the beach."

Because they had never thought of their family photos as art before, Turk and her husband were surprised that the judges chose her entry as a winner. Nicholas and Matthew, however, were unfazed.

"I think they're a little young to understand," Turk says, although she's sure they'll be entertained when they see themselves in the paper.

Originally from Ohio, Turk moved to Palo Alto from New York City when her husband landed a job at Stanford four years ago. She previously worked as a television editor.

Now that she's won recognition for her photo, Turk admits to being much more interested in photography than she was before. With such an affirmation, she is inspired to take her hobby a little more seriously.

"Now I have an excuse to take a class," she says.

--Kate Manning