13th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
First Place, Peninsula Images


"Yerba Buena Center"
By Rick Stultz

About Rick Stultz

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"I don't really know," said Rick Stultz, when asked when his interest in photography began.

"It's hard to say," he added, when describing what inspires his images.

His photograph of the Yerba Buena Center has a similarly ambiguous quality. Like Edward Hopper, whose paintings Stultz is currently interested in, it is often the missing information that is most moving.

"I've worked at creating photographs that have the same feelings that [Hopper's] art evokes," Stultz said.

Besides being an architectural photographer for commercial real estate companies, architects and builders, he works in investment real estate. Stultz moved to Palo Alto from Illinois 30 years ago to receive a business degree from Stanford University.

"I thought about what is it that I am interested in. What am I trying to do, to show in a photograph I take," he said. "And it's really difficult to express it in words. I don't know that it's really possible. I think the photographs really speak for themselves."

--Colleen Corcoran

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