14th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
First Place, Manipulated Images
"The Impersonal Camera,
By Julia Nelson-Gal
About Julia Nelson-Gal
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Nelson-Gal's photo is the product of a unique inspiration and
attitude toward imagery. She said that "right now I am more
interested in finding an existing image in the world than taking
an image from reality. I like the idea that someone other than
me was the first one experiencing that moment in time - and now
I am reviving it."
The 47-year-old artist has bachelor's and master's degrees
in Art History, which she used in her careers at museums, auction
houses and non-profits. She said that "at the museum I became
so used to looking at the images made by others that it changed
the way I make art."
Nelson-Gal especially likes the phone-booth images because there
is no human involvement in the production of the photo, as a
consequence they "have
their own feel." If you were to look at the entry closely, you may be able
to discern a bit of the encyclopedic page Nelson-Gal used as a background, highlighting
things she found interesting.
Today Nelson-Gal is a full time artist, and has been for two
and a half years. Her spare time is devoted to her three children