Prizes are awarded yearly to photographers and visual artists whose works are considered to be of exceptional artistic and humanistic merit. The photography judge was Wendy Palmer.
A resident of the Harrisburg area for the past 25 years, professional photographer Wendy Palmer is a native of Cape Town, South Africa. Here she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physiotherapy, and a Medical Honors degree in sport science from the University of Cape Town.
In the United States, after the birth of their second son, Wendy completed an Associate Degree in photography at the Harrisburg Area Community College while continuing to work as a physical therapist. Today she continues to enhance her photography skills and vision though workshops with Visionary Wild and Maine Media.
Her work was included in an exhibition for regional photographers at the Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, and she also participated in the 31st Annual Art of the State exhibition at the State Museum, Harrisburg. As a student, her work was accepted by Photographer’s Forum for publication in the Best of College Photography Annual for the years 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1997.
Every facet of photography holds a fascination worth exploring. Life is a journey and so is her freelance photography, which continually evolves.
2015 Photography Winners
Ghosts of the Temple Bar
J. Spence Reid, M.D.
Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
“Ghosts of the Temple Bar” is a great conceptual image. It is mysterious and captivating. The texture of the cobble stones and the diagonal lines from the bottom corners lead the eye to the white line on the road which takes the viewer to the next point of interest—the people moving about on the sidewalk. The woman in the forefront is captivating, large, and perfectly placed in the left third of the frame. She is stationary despite being in the middle of a road, and although her features are a little more clearly defined, she is still ghostlike. She evokes a sense of wonder. The curve of both sidewalks leads the eye back towards the woman and then away to the right, and captures the viewer’s interest with the people waiting on the sidewalk. The bar placement and the lighting also gives the image a sense of intrigue, being fixed and sharp in contrast to the ethereal people in the image. The entire image displays good tones and contrast between light (highlights) and dark (shadows). This is a fabulous image, which completely encompasses this year’s theme: Unexpected Echoes.
|Second Place Photo
Bearer of Bad News: A volunteer community health worker takes a break from HIV testing.
Keane McCullum, MSI
“Bearer of Bad News” is a wonderful portrait of a woman. It aptly speaks to her situation; working with and testing patients for HIV. Her posture and face indicate a grim determination. There is a superb quality of light that brings out the detail and texture of her skin, headscarf, and the wall behind her. The wall in the background is a great example of the technical skill of this photograph. Even though it is light, it holds sufficient interest because the mottling of the surface is caught with this perfectly exposed image. The woman’s right arm leads strongly to her chin, where the viewer meets her unfaltering gaze. The diagonal folds of her dress also draw the eye towards the hand and chin and back to her strong gaze. This composition creates a strong centerpiece for this portrait. Her left hand brings attention to the hard wooden chair where it rests, and abjectly points to the cluttered, basic wooden shelf below. This creates some background to her situation, telling us a bit about her environment. This portrait instantly transports the viewer into this woman’s world.
|Third Place Photo
Daniel Shapiro, PhD, Department of Humanities
“Benched” is an extremely well crafted image. The composition is strong, and the shadow-to-highlight detail is perfect. The two benches, and the three subjects, and their placement create an interesting scene for the viewer. The attention to the woman is amplified by her placement and her posture. Her body is not completely in the frame and is turned outwards, but her torso is turned toward the audience and she seems distressed about something. The sign behind her reads “OPEN” and contrasts with her hand over her mouth, suggesting possible shock or despair. All three characters here tell a different story with their body language and facial expressions. The viewer has enough clues to spark curiosity, and is left to wonder about their stories. The image captivates the viewer and invites multiple viewings to discover additional detail.
Beauty in Ruins
Allison Weinstock, MSII
The composition and color in this photo are eye-catching. The gold drape falling into the left lower corner of the image draws the eye to the man. The white wall behind his head and the white shirt he is wearing further support him as the focal center here. The man’s shiny dark skin and white teeth accentuate the happy expression on his face. The remaining two-thirds of the image is about texture and color. There is the roughness of the rustic wall, the broken wooden window and the whitewashed cinder block in the window opening. The color is rich and warm. Three sides are darker, causing one’s eye to be drawn to the lighter, brighter part of the image. The composition, texture, and color create an image that is simple, uncomplicated and very finely done.