13th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
First Place, Views Beyond the Peninsula


"Not to be Forgotten"
By Steven Shpall

About Steven Shpall

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If his wife, Kay, hadn't convinced him to buy a digital camera a few years ago, Shpall's experience as a photographer may have been limited to a brief foray into the field of high school yearbook photography.

Where he used to derive enjoyment from looking at images, Shpall now creates them.

Photographs are artifacts of a sort and, in "Not to be Forgotten," Shpall has turned his eye toward artifacts of a more obvious nature.

The image was captured at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. It is of an exhibit featuring objects left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- in this case, mostly dog tags.

"It has a lot of meaning to a lot of people who are visiting the wall," Shpall said.

--Colleen Corcoran