11th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Second Place, Peninsula People


"Boy with Soccer Ball"
By Emily Yates-Doerr

About Emily Yates-Doerr

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Dusk was setting over the Le Mar trailer park in Redwood City. Kids were outside playing, as they usually do in the evening, and there were cars coming in the background.

"The scene was reminiscent of a time in America when kids would play outside and cars came home in the evening, and all the busyness that was happening," said Emily Yates-Doerr. She felt that she just happened to be at the right place at the right time to catch a boy playing with a soccer ball on her camera.

The car headlights were a significant aspect of the image.

"He's illuminated, and it seems quite dream-like," she said. "Of course it's artificial, because they're not real spotlights, but car spotlights, but here he is with a soccer ball, and he could be scoring a goal. Although it's really in Redwood City and he's only 13 years old, the lights give a sense that it's larger than that . . . like a dream that he's becoming a star."

Yates-Doerr, who has been photographing the community for the past two years, took the photo in 35 mm format and developed it at the Stanford photography laboratory.

"I've always been interested in things that are moving," she said. "I like to develop a film and go, 'wow, I don't even remember taking that because it happened fast.'"

She is getting her master's degree in Latin American studies and although she has no plan to pursue photography professionally, she will "always use photography as a way of understanding the world."

-- Lulu Wijaya

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