13th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
"Ray of a Seagull"
About Robin McNulty
the only staff photographer for Palo Alto High School's Verde
Magazine, Robin McNulty creates a photo essay for each issue.
She was shooting at a duck pond for her spread "Around the
Baylands" when she took the picture that became "X-ray
of a Seagull."
Medical equipment was not involved. The original negative was
used to create a color slide, which was then printed in black
and white. The process reverses
the shading in the finished product, creating the "x-ray" effect.
"I was just experimenting, and I liked the result," McNulty
She hopes to someday combine photography with her passion for politics. The 16-year-old
Palo Alto High School junior has already worked as an intern assistant to the
photo editor of Mother Jones magazine. Her ideal job, she said, might be shooting
an event like the Democratic National Convention.
Next year, she'll become photo editor at Verde, but she's not too worried about the increased responsibility. The difference between staffer and editor, she said, probably isn't that significant when you're the entire department.