14th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Third Place, Peninsula People


By Megu Okamoto

About Megu Okamoto

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"It is just so much fun ... to be with people I can be relaxed with; they are like the treasure house of inspiration for me," said Megu Okamoto.

Okamoto is a 21 year old international student at Foothill College majoring in photography. She originally took the introductory photography course for fun, but enjoyed it enough "to pursue it for the rest of my life."The photo is one in a series from her portfolio, "Dear Friends," the subject of which is "one of my precious friends that I have met here in California."

Okamoto describes the surprisingly simple process involved in the creation of her entry: "I had him stand under the stairs, asked him to relax, and then clicked." She hopes the photo will reflect the idea of friendship and remind people of the concept in their own relationships with others.

Okamoto plans to try many different kinds of photography during her studies and "deepen my understanding of the subject." As far as the near future, Okamoto and her classmates are exhibiting their photographs from May 26 through June 22 at the Krause Center at Foothill College.

-- Daniel Grujic

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