10th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Third Place, Views Beyond the Peninsula
"Seaweed on boulder, Point
By Bruce Hodge
Bruce Hodge looks for elements of design when nurturing his interest
"I'm really looking for design elements. Textures, colors, composition. I try to make something new out of the source material that's there," he said.
For his award-winning "Seaweed on boulder, Point Arena," Bruce discovered design and abstraction in the seaweed covering a boulder often submerged by the tides. A friend recommended Point Arena, which is just south of Mendocino, as an excellent location for a photo shoot. Bruce jumped at the opportunity, having photographed in such lush areas as Hawaii and Costa Rica.
When he arrived at Point Arena, it was one of the lowest tides of the year, presenting further photographic opportunities.
Bruce has enjoyed photography for years, having received his first adjustable camera at the age of 12. His family was always very supportive of his hobby.
"My parents would let me commandeer a bathroom and turn it into a darkroom," he said.
Bruce moved out to Palo Alto from Georgia in 1979 to follow the photographic routes of some of California's more well known artists, such as Edward Weston and Ansel Adams. Bruce enjoys photographing nature more than anything.
"It's the biodiversity. You really don't get what that word means until you see it," he said.
-- Tyler Hanley