10th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Honorable Mention, Peninsula People
"Child & Grandfather"
By Kathy Aronson
Aronson has enjoyed photography as a hobby for 15 years, but she really got into it about four years ago, after her children were born.
"My Meghan is extremely photogenic," she said. The photo is actually of her daughter and her husband's uncle -- rather than a grandfather -- but the mood that struck Aronson was the gap of generations. "When I took it I just took it, but when I printed it, I saw the young and the old. And I liked how that looked," she said.
Aronson has been taking a class through the Mountain view adult education program for the past year and a half. It has really inspired her. "Now I try a lot of different techniques," she said.
For this photo, she shot at a slow speed -- which she prefers -- and used a filter to create a softer look. She also used fiber-based paper when printing, creating added texture and quietness.
She entered the contest because people kept commenting on her photos, which keep improving in quality. Aronson said, "A lot of people ask me if I take professionally, but I don't want to do that because it would take away the fun."
-- Elizabeth Khuri