October 19, 2012 Slideshows

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My Atlanta Exhibition Winners 

Lily Trapkin
Lily Trapkin - Best Use of B&W

I took this photo series at my friend Ciena's house sometime in the middle of September.

I like the varying shades that make up the pictures. Each frame varies in tone and shade which makes up the whole picture. It kind of reminds me of the spin art that you make with paint on a spinning sheet of paper, it radiates out from the middle.

The whole time I was thinking about how hard it was, haha. The assignment blew my mind when we first received it and it took a lot of planning which just made me nervous about messing it up. I kept saying "I know I'm going to mess this up" but in the back of my mind I was thinking of how cool it would be if I got it just right.

We were assigned the roll by a student teacher that we had and when I got it, I got the thought of using contrasting light to bring out the change between each side of the picture. All four of the advanced photo students were given a sheet of paper with fake negative strips on it to mimic what an actual contact sheet looks like. I drew out a very rough draft and more so wrote down what I wanted to do. I used two different lights, one in back of the girl on the left and one in front of the girl on the right. I used my sketch as a guide to help measure which body part of who should be in each frame. It was really difficult to measure even close to exactly but it was extremely rewarding when I processed my film and made the final contact sheet. In all, it took a lot of planning for something that only took about 10 minutes to shoot.

- Lilly Trapkin
John Bethany
John Bethany - Best Use of Color

This photograph was taken from the perspective on the roof right outside my bedroom window, pointing inwards. I remember looking for a good composition for a 'headless/faceless shots' assignment for my photography class. It was about midnight if I recall - I usually enjoy getting my shots done at night.

I love the transition from blue to red, as it wasn't planned to have the transition perfectly obscured, but was just the luck of the shot.

The blue and red lighting comes from specialized lightbulbs in a lamp that i could reposition to get the half-and-half effect I was going for, and didn't require any editing to get the balance right (this picture is straight out of my camera).

- John Bethany
Jonah Epstein
Jonah Epstein - Critics Choice

The photo was taken in the basement of my home during September.

I like the photo because of how it contrasts multiple aspects of one individual's personality.

Holly White, my photography teacher at The Paideia School, gave the class an assignment to compose pictures illustrating how others might perceive us as individuals. Given my diversity of interests and my ethnicity, these are three possible ways others might perceive me.

- Jonah Epstein
Evelyn Ahnrud
Evelyn Ahnrud - Viewers Choice
Kimberly Binns
Kimberly Binns - Adult - 1st Place

This photograph was taken at Wade Walker Park in Dekalb during a flag football game in 2004

I love the composition of this photograph as well as what it says about personal determination and the spirit of finding a way to make things happen for yourself. It's kind of a reflection of my own personal life.

When I shot the image I was trying to figure out how this little boy got on top of that fountain. There was no one around him to help and I wasn't close to him, I used a zoom lens to capture this picture. It was such a cute, innocent image, I just had to get it on film.

- Kimberly Binns
Nichole Bruce
Nichole Bruce - Adult - 2nd Place

This photo was taken July, 2011 in Chicago, IL in my home studio located in the Bronzeville Community. It is a part of a Collection called "Words Scar." It aims at revealing the power of words and the scars they leave on our younger generation.

The photograph is simple but it commands your attention and makes viewers wonder who is this person? Could this person be me? It allows those viewing to relate regardless of gender, age and or race.

When I took the photograph I was thinking, "A simple word, a simple pose, but a powerful message."

"Words Scar." and it is my duty to shed light on such a taboo topic.

- Nichole Bruce
Kimberly Binns
Kimberly Binns - Adult - 3rd Place

This photograph was shot in front of the Butler Street Y in downtown Atlanta around 1999.

As morbid as this picture is, it is one of my favorites. It was totally shot in the moment while I was a passenger in a car. I love that it leaves so many questions unanswered. And the guy that's just standing there, I think I was more intrigued by what he was thinking at that moment.

When I shot the picture I had never seen a coroner at work or witnessed a scene such as this. I was just intrigued by the whole scenario and I knew I had to capture what was going on because you just don't see something like this everyday. I remember the day being overcast and the street was really quiet. No activity, except for a dead body being carted away.

- Kimberly Binns
Kirk Lalor
Kirk Lalor - Senior - 1st Place

I took this picture on July 23rd, 2011 underneath the odd structure on Freedom Parkway near the Carter Center. The structure is supposed to protect cars from ice falling off the TV tower in the winter. I like the color and form of the image. More importantly, I like the feeling of devotion in the memorial to someone's lost loved one. I remember reminding myself to compose the photograph carefully and to be even more careful of traffic.

- Kirk Lalor
Joe Sellway
Joe Sellway - Senior - 2nd Place

My photo was taken at the airport in Sacramento, California. I thought it was unusual. I thought it would make a good showing. Me and my wife were waiting for a plane to go to Hawaii. So I thought I wanted to take it to show the guys in photography class. My camera class is at the Hammond Mills senior citizen center.

We are all senior citizens, I am 75. When I saw it I thought it was somebody moving baggage around, when I took the photo the woman just happened to be there. I am retired military.

I hope everybody gets a chance to see and explore the world, Atlanta is not the whole world. I served as a soldier in Vietnam and strangely enough it is my favorite place. It is a poor country and it is a beautiful country, we lost a lot of people there, it is something you always remember."

- Joe Sellway
Patricia A. Pendergrass
Patricia A. Pendergrass - Senior - 3rd Place

My photo was taken at Lou Walker Senior Center during a photo shoot on August 17, 2012. I am fascinated with photos when people posing use their hands, for me it seems to add character to the photo. When I shot the photo I was thinking this lady is graceful and she is in the prime of her life. She is very photographic.

- Patricia A. Pendergrass
Jaelyn Willis
Jaelyn Willis - Teen - 14-18 - 1st Place

My photograph was taken at my last softball game when we were in the dugout.

In this photo, I like how she is showing a lot of emotion through her face, and her posture.

When I was taking this photograph i was thinking that i had to capture this moment because it is not everyday that you can catch the pain from an injury.

- Jaelyn Willis
Kathryn Cheek
Kathryn Cheek - Teen - 14-18 - 3rd Place

My photograph was taken in my kitchen in an attempt to capture an interesting picture that depicted the word “temptation”.

I caught the moment right before my dog dove into the spaghetti. I thought it was a funny picture with an unpredictable outcome and something you can’t always capture.

My goal was to get an interesting picture that represented temptation. As I was putting her paws on the counter, she started to stare at the food but wasn’t eating it yet. I quickly took the picture catching her expression.

- Kathryn Cheek
Cheyenne Early
Cheyenne Early - Youth - 13 and Under - 1st Place

My photograph was taken, September 3, 2012 at Emory Clairmont Campus parking garage.

I like how the mysterious story of the girl in the photo captivates the viewer.

Since I am the subject of the photo, I was hoping to capture the mystery shrouded in the figure I was playing. I focused on what that character would be feeling at that moment and that is when I told my mom to take the picture.

- Cheyenne Early
Shelby Etkind
Shelby Etkind- Youth - 13 and Under - 2nd Place
Kennedy Lollis
Kennedy Lollis - Youth - 13 and Under - 3rd Place
2/15
John Bethany
John Bethany - Best Use of Color

This photograph was taken from the perspective on the roof right outside my bedroom window, pointing inwards. I remember looking for a good composition for a 'headless/faceless shots' assignment for my photography class. It was about midnight if I recall - I usually enjoy getting my shots done at night.

I love the transition from blue to red, as it wasn't planned to have the transition perfectly obscured, but was just the luck of the shot.

The blue and red lighting comes from specialized lightbulbs in a lamp that i could reposition to get the half-and-half effect I was going for, and didn't require any editing to get the balance right (this picture is straight out of my camera).

- John Bethany
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