11th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
First Place, Peninsula People
By J. Lawrence Naiman, M.D.
About J. Lawrence Naiman, M.D.
Nikon Coolpix 990 that hung around J. Lawrence Naiman's neck was
"small and inconspicuous," but still fascinating enough
for a young Vietnamese boy in the departure lounge of San Francisco
International Airport with its "cool" ability to display
images on the "TV screen" immediately after shooting.
Naiman, who was waiting to board a plane to visit his family
in Toronto, was in turn captivated by the image he saw, standing
facing the tarmac. Thus "Airport Scene" was born, a
visually striking study in contrast between a little boy sitting
on the top of the lounge seat, silhouetted against a 747 outside.
"I love the contrast between a small curious boy and this
huge airplane, an icon for large impersonal mechanical objects
that surround us," he said. "I hope (the photo) conveys
that joyful interplay between a small child's playful curiosity
and a large somber machine."
Naiman, who went digital two years ago, used Photoshop to develop
the picture in color instead of black and white, feeling that
"this image benefits from the dark silhouette against a background
of shades of blue." The photo was then printed with an Epson
1270 Photo printer.
A retired physician and a native of Toronto who moved to Palo
Alto in 1984, his knowledge of photography has mostly come from
books and from his involvement with the Palo Alto Camera Club,
of which he is now president and Web master.
"Photography is a wonderful tool for exploring the visual magic in the world around us. I'm challenged by ordinary subjects from which I might create something interesting -- to evoke an emotional or reflective response in the viewer."
-- Lulu Wijaya