20th Annual
Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
First Place, Portraits

Youth 17 and Under


"Pointe of View"
by Katelyn Weingart

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About Katelyn Weingart

On a late afternoon, Katelyn Weingart and her close friend went to a park nearby for a photo shoot. Weingart, a freshman at Menlo School, made her way up to a structure to shoot her subject and friend, Sabrina Karlin, who just started pointe (dancing on tiptoe) in her ballet class this year.

Dancing en pointe is no easy feat, but the photographed Karlin is more comfortable on a familiar, softer bed of grass. Her expressive arms extend out from her body and there’s a subtle smile on her face. The portrayal of a ballerina in a uniform of tutu, pointe shoes and tiara has an added accessory.

“She’s pretty delicate, so I thought of the idea of balloons,” said Weingart.

A personal connection is present in most of her subjects -- “the photos I take are of friends.” Her photography page on Facebook has albums, feedback and requests from friends who want their pictures taken.

Weingart started taking pictures of flowers around the yard when her mom bought a nice camera two or three years ago, she said. Since then, she learned the manual functions at a summer camp last year.

In the past few years, she’s moved on from flowers to people. For Weingart, portraits are a great chance to practice taking photos. She uses donations from the photo shoots to provide Awaso Academy, in Ghana, Africa. This summer, Weingart and her family will go to the city of Awaso to help build a school.

Weingart’s passion is evident in her up-close and personal portraits of people and nature.

“I just really fell in love with the camera.”

-- Joann So


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