©Dan Shapiro, Ph.D.
Department of HumanitiesJudge’s Comments:
This is an extraordinary photograph of ruin and the devastation of time. The photo depicts the interior of a reinforced concrete building that clearly has been abandoned for many years. The photographer appears to have intensified the colors of the image. An otherwise gray interior contrasts with an unearthly palette of bright, saturated colors: random orange splotches above the crumbling stairs, searing blue reflections on the floor and a golden glow in the center. Foliage that is hyper green hovers just outside the windows, and a branch creeps in to the left to reclaim this derelict human folly. The trabeation of the reinforced concrete squarely frames this strong composition. The walls create layers of depth, and in the central distance a recumbent man temporarily reanimates the space with human life. Is he a romantic wanderer contemplating the passage of time, in a pose and mood similar to Tischbein’s painting Goethe in the Roman Campagna?
The Moving Walkway is Now Ending
©Michael J. Green, M.D., M.S.
Departments of Internal Medicine and Humanities
This photograph appears to be of an underground passage between terminals in a modern airport where moving sidewalks and colorful light displays (probably with music) provide a few, fleeting moments of aesthetic pleasure to the generally frantic dash between airplane gates. The photographer has blurred the dramatically angled lines leading to the vanishing point of this linear perspective. This evokes dynamic movement and speed, which contrasts with the static robot-like humans being conveyed on seemingly endless mechanical belts. A rich kaleidoscope of color intensifies this futurist vision of metal, motion and artificial light.
Five Points, Manhattan
©Courtney Olmsted Sister of Taylor Olmsted, MSIV
What a brilliant bouquet of color! Yet this is not a garden of spring flowers, but a triplet of dumpsters in a back alley near the notorious Five Points in Manhattan (see Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York) that has all been vandalized by graffiti. Nevertheless, this is an optimistic scene of grassroots street art that spontaneously and illegally blooms in the dead of the night on the derelict and forgotten surfaces in the wrinkles of a city’s urban fabric. This image is in the tradition of New York’s Ashcan artists of the early 20th century that celebrated the vibrancy of life in the lesser locales of the city, and, here, we literally have the ashcans!
After the Storm
Daughter of Colin MacNeill, M.D., Obstetrics and Gynecology
This rather haunting image captures a woman wading into a vast, placidly still lake as the sky seems to transform from a threatening storm on the left to breaking sunshine on the right (a sky of many moods as often captured by the Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole). The bather in the lower left is balanced compositionally by what appears to be a power plant on the right horizon. The belching smokestack of this plant shatters any illusion of untouched nature and adds a sobering note to this laconic vacation scene. The photographer has manipulated the image into a Tonalist essay in blue-green, reminiscent of the Pictorialist images of the early twentieth-century photographer Edward Steichen.