Photo Contest 2011

20th Annual
Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
1st Place, Bay Area Images
Youth 17 and Under


"Just Keep Waiting"
By Jeffrey Lu

About Jeffrey Lu

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Sometimes, looking back can be just as valuable as looking forward, as little moments can go unnoticed.
For Jeffrey Lu, it was in looking back that he was able to capture an image filled with both tranquility and movement. Lu, a junior at Palo Alto High School, was leaving the MUNI train at the Van Ness stop in San Francisco when he saw a man sitting alone.

Lu waited on the ledge overlooking the man and managed to get a shot of the still man and the hazy, fast silhouette of the zooming train.

"I waited for the train to move," he said. I thought the contrast of dark and white, and the moving train and the waiting man were interesting,"

A Boy Scout leader introduced Lu to photography in the sixth grade. He and his troupe took a trip to Washington, D.C., when one evening they went out to take pictures of the monuments. "My Scout leader showed me the workings of a camera," Lu said, adding that he's preferred to shoot on his own "ever since I've learned."

Though Lu is also a journalist for the Paly Voice, and occasionally shoots photos to go along with stories, he also relishes the experience of taking photos independently, when the spirit strikes him.

"I shoot for fun because I get more freedom to take what I want," he said.

Lu explained the importance of photography in the midst of the rush of life.

"Photography allows us to see things in a different light where we can pause and reflect on a moment of our lives," he said. "It's very powerful and valuable."

-- Joann So

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