11th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Honorable Mention, Manipulated Images
By Michael Winokur
About Michael Winokur
Palo Alto-based freelance photographer Michael Winokur used his
background in visual storytelling to create his triptych of a
bicycle messenger in San Francisco.
"I asked what they liked and disliked about their jobs.
Their answers sent me looking for other images that would complete
the story. In Andrew's case he likes wearing a tie because it's
unexpected of a bicycle messenger. He hates when pedestrians jaywalk,"
The photograph "Andrew: Messenger" is one of a series
of five triptychs featuring bike messengers. Additionally, Winokur
works with portraiture and style. Recent subjects have ranged
from "leaders in industryto bicycle couriers, yoga instructors
to fashion models, and nuns to couples in love," he said.
Describing the role of computers in his photography, Winokur said, "In my work I use the computer as part of the process. It's my darkroom, design studio and printing press. I don't like to drastically manipulate any images. But I love that the computer gives me pixel-perfect control of burning, dodging and color correction."
-- Kyla Farrell