Photo Contest2005

14th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
First Place, Manipulated Images


"The Impersonal Camera, 2005"
By Julia Nelson-Gal

About Julia Nelson-Gal

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Julia Nelson-Gal's photo is the product of a unique inspiration and attitude toward imagery. She said that "right now I am more interested in finding an existing image in the world than taking an image from reality. I like the idea that someone other than me was the first one experiencing that moment in time - and now I am reviving it."

The 47-year-old artist has bachelor's and master's degrees in Art History, which she used in her careers at museums, auction houses and non-profits. She said that "at the museum I became so used to looking at the images made by others that it changed the way I make art."

Nelson-Gal especially likes the phone-booth images because there is no human involvement in the production of the photo, as a consequence they "have their own feel." If you were to look at the entry closely, you may be able to discern a bit of the encyclopedic page Nelson-Gal used as a background, highlighting things she found interesting.

Today Nelson-Gal is a full time artist, and has been for two and a half years. Her spare time is devoted to her three children and yoga.

-- Daniel Grujic


One more week to vote!

Don't forget to cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 29th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 21st issue of the Palo Alto Weekly.