14th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Second Place, Manipulated Images
"Magritte Does Pescadero"
By Bill Blankenburg
About Bill Blankenburg
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Blankenberg's first series of photographs were taken with a borrowed
camera in 1947 - the photos were of his grade school burning
down. He was living in a small town in South Dakota and said "everyone
turned out for a good fire, so I went and took pictures."
The first foray into the world of freelance photography
was not very profitable, as no one would buy the pictures. He
hired by the town photographer to take pictures of a funeral
that the photographer was a pallbearer in.
For his entry into the contest, Blackenberg wanted "to answer the familiar
question: What would the famous painter Rene Magritte have done after a nice
lunch at Duarte's Tavern?" He notes that Magritte used windows in scenes
to disclose other scenes, so "I decided to impose the barn window over
a rock in a picture I had of Pescadero Beach. The other images came from my
The 73-year-old retired professor currently resides in Los Altos. He spends his
time taking hikes and taking pictures.