Photo Contest 2009 | Palo Alto Online |

18th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Second Place, Peninsula Images


"Clouds Over Hangar One"
By Don Whitebread

Artist's Statement

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While I am almost exclusively a landscape photographer, preferably photographing deep in the wilderness, I have found that some human-made objects possess many of the same textures and patterns that make nature so captivating. Hangar One at Moffett Field has a mixture of angles and curves, light and dark, and when the light is right, is wonderfully luminous.
This Peninsula landmark was the focal point of many memorable Fourth of July air shows that stoked the fires of my childhood fascination with aviation, and also where I did some of my first photography, so when I heard about the plans to destroy the exterior of Hangar One, I made plans to photograph it in detail.

In the spirit of old and new, and because it works better for this project, I am using a large format view camera with actual film to capture the image, and then making the final prints digitally.


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