14th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
First Place, Views Beyond the Peninsula
By Chris Holmes
About Chris Holmes
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Holmes knows that patience pays off. The 48-year-old vice president
of business development was on vacation in Bucerias, Mexico when
he was "inspired by the color of the café building." He
spent 30 minutes shooting the building before deciding it would
better serve a photo as a backdrop, with people as the primary
Out of the corner of his eye, Holmes said he saw a schoolboy
waiting for his mother who was working at the café. "I
took a number of images of him, then she noticed me taking pictures
and reached through the bars and kissed him - I was fortunate
to capture the exact moment their lips met," said Holmes.
He is particularly attached to this photo because he feels he "earned this
shot." Holmes said that "emotionally, it captures a very special moment
between mother and son."
Holmes has been taking photographs seriously for 10 years, and
although his photography is mostly limited to family and vacation
photos these days, he hopes to travel
and shoot landscapes again.
-- Daniel Grujic