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2018 Photo Contest Gallery

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I try to remind my students to keep it simple. As Picasso said, “Simplicity Is the ultimate sophistication.” With our point and shoot cameras, I wondered how close I could get to a drop of water, resting on a leaf during a rainstorm. I also like the connections we can make with a photo like this and subjects as diverse as symmetry, ecology, geometry, fractions, translucence…the list goes on.

One of the best ways I've ever found to teach picture taking is to model the activity, both failures and successes.
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Women are beginning to find their voices. In the past, many generations of women have been kept quiet. Stories of harassment and violence have gone unheard for many years. Now they are finding the courage to investigate these stories along with their own experiences and coming together to fight back.
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The world is mysterious, and it's easy to lose your way. Oftentimes, your eyes may become clouded from the rest of the world, causing you to divert from the right path. A little bit of investigation may be required to find your way after you are lost. If you search well enough, you will surely find the trail back to the light. The smoke may shield your eyes, but the light will show you the way.
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Photography is all about investigation...an object or an idea. I look around for clues or answers. It is also my method of research. It's about really looking!
I hope I'm not the only one investigating here. I hope you will look closely too, and have a question for me.

I used the 'toy camera' setting on the camera to take these photographs but no digital editing. (I DID darken my pic a little!
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When I took this photo, I was in my backyard. My photo relates to the theme "Investigation" because it shows how you need to look closely to see little details in the world around you, like this bee. I think that without investigating you would miss amazing moments.
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I think of my photo as a comparison of times. Before the development of the phone and all of the new and crazy technology, kids would go outside when it’s 85 degrees with perfectly blue skies, instead of staying indoors to go play a video game. Nothing can beat such perfect weather. But now we tend to forget about what it was like before technology, when you would stay outside late at night playing hide and go seek or go explore nature with friends. Now as a society we see going on a phone or computer to be more fun. My photo investigates what it was like before technology - looking at a beautiful sunset and not worrying about a video game and just having fun in the outdoors.
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I was curious about how plastic bottles were recycled. The process of how the bottles went from place to place seemed very confusing. Then my mom and I watched a video to investigate the process of recycling. Watching the video, I learned how the plastic was forged and formed after once being washed, heated and reshaped. The video showed me the life cycle of the water bottle. New recycled water bottles are not the only thing made from recycled plastics, but they are one of the most important. Many other products are made from recycled plastics, such as sweaters, shirts, cushion filling, blankets, all the way to car parts. What the video didn’t show me was how creative you can be with recycled water bottles. I chose a recycled water bottle as the subject of my picture because many people don’t know how creative you can be with recycled water bottles.
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I took this image while my friend and I were wandering down the hallway of a sewer system near our school. We had walked by this sewer hundreds of times, but had never stopped to truly explore it. Our decision to take a deeper look was inspired by the theme of this contest; we wanted to see and investigate what we could find in this tunnel. As soon as we took our first steps down the hallway, we were immediately assaulted by the humid damp air and the foreboding stretch of tunnel ahead. We wanted to find out what lay on the other side of this stretch of concrete, but the further we traveled the darker it got. Eventually the only light we could see was the light from our flashlights. Nevertheless, we kept walking, hoping that we would find something in the darkness. Eventually, we saw a glimmer of light coming from the other side of the tunnel and we raced towards it until we were confronted with gold rays of sun and the wind against our faces.

I believe this piece symbolically shows what happens when people have the fortitude to push past perceived obstacles and continue down the path in which the outcome is unclear. We wanted to leave and we didn't know what was around us, nevertheless we endured and we were rewarded with the beauty that laid hidden on the other side. Through this photo, I was able to capture a moment in time depicting what exploration and investigation means to me.
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