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2018 Photo Contest Gallery

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This image has a very suspicious feel to it. It shows the abandoned cigarette butts and makes the viewer question: Where is the smoker? Or Why did they abandon the cigarettes like that? The viewer may also marvel at the amount of cigarettes on the ground and cause them to ask questions like : Is this man addicted? Was there more than one person smoking? We tend to see a situation and automatically investigate or create a story to explain the situation. This is why the image reflects the theme of investigation.

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This photo relates to the theme of "Investigation" because it captures my 1 year old nephew investigating the beach. This was his first time at the beach so everything about the environment was new to him, from the sand to the waves to the birds. He seemed to love the birds, but also seemed a little scared at the same time. He at first thought about walking into the water, but decided to test his toes and little fingers first. As he did this, he looked back at me and waved me to come closer as he smiled. He investigated how the tides come in and out and how he needed to run quickly back and forth to avoid getting too wet. I was so impressed by how quickly he learned and how brave he was. He didn't cry and wanted to explore on his own.

Even though my nephew is too young to speak for himself, he is a smart kid and I know he understands what I am saying to him. During the car ride to the beach, I explained to him the importance of taking risks. I believe that if you don't take risks in life, you will not fully experience life. My nephew nodded and smiled at me and I knew that he understood my advice. When I saw him actually take a risk that day by touching the ocean, it made me so happy and fulfilled to know that he really did hear me in the car.
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It was taken at my local park. It has to do with investigation because there is someone always watching. Investigation is about finding something or looking into something more in depth. In this picture it represents how someone is always watching and investigating even when you are not thinking about it.
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One day there was a beautiful bald eagle in the sky, slowly drifting through the wind above my friend and I. She looked towards the sky and told me she was living her American dream. She was sitting in Southern California watching the sky and the symbol of freedom had just flown above her head. We investigated and discussed the idea of freedom and what the Bald Eagle represented for the next hour, which is when I took this photo of my friend.
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The photo is taken from the battered walls of Angels Gate, a long forgotten series of WWII bunkers nestled where Fort MacArthur itself once stood in the heart of modern day San Pedro, California.
Philosopher R. G. Collingwood once said that "the only clue to what man can do, is what man has done." Our history is a bread crumb trail awaiting inspection, whether or not we choose to inquire and follow where it leads however is left to the individual. History is not for the faint of heart nor short of courage; the knowledge comes from the journey, and the investigation of time is long and winding, but, in the end carries what we were, what we are, and what we will be, all you have to do is chose to look closer.
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It was a cold and rainy February night in Northern California. I was wrapped in my favorite blanket sitting by a dim lit lamp holding onto a heavy mug of tea. The warmth of the mug brought about a surreal calm before the storm, transporting me to another world. Like sitting with the mad hatter in Alice-in-Wonderland. Staring at the little man on my cup made me wonder where was my tea from. This sent me into an "investigation" mode of thoughts. Did you know that the art of reading tea leaves is called tasseography and for centuries tea was only drank as medicine. My mom always says tea is only as good as you make it.
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When I first entered my photography class, I knew almost nothing about photography or cameras. I had no clue what aperture, shutter speed, or iso was. This was a photo I took for one of my first photo projects when I was still investigating lines, shapes, and perspective.
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This photograph was taken from my visit to the Descanso Gardens during their annual holiday night gallery. The light artwork in the exhibit was compelling, alluring, and beautiful, from its color changing flowers to its life-size glowing game board trail. It allows its viewers to investigate and ask questions about the possibilities of creativity one posses, and how they can turn these remarkable ideas into masterpieces.
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in·ves·ti·ga·tion
inˌvestəˈɡāSH(ə)n/Submit
noun
the action of investigating something or someone; formal or systematic examination or research.

...or is it humanities intrigue of the unknown, searching for answers, hidden at the bottom of the ocean or an empty bottle?

This photograph was taken while on a search for hidden meanings in street art.
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Investigation means to examine something or someone. My picture represents a time when I was at the park investigating the nature all around me such as the birds chirping, butterflies flying, and even tree sap dripping from the trees. That’s when I came across a tree that had a reddish orange and black dotted ladybug resting on the bark with a dozen of her yellow eggs below her. I was amazed at what I saw because I’ve never seen anything like this before! As I investigated the ladybug and her eggs, neither the ladybug or the eggs moved. I stepped in really close to the tree to get a good picture.
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I was helping my fad bring down some junk from the attic because we were having a garage sale the following week. There were giant boxes littered throughout the attic, filled with broken tools and toys from when my brothers and I were little. With all these memories from my early childhood, it was tough to sell these seemingly useless objects to a stranger. After a few minutes of reminiscing on the simpler times of my life, I sorted out which boxes had the least important stuff and passed them down to my fad. This photo best represents investigation because of the struggle to find objects to sell that don’t bring back cherished childhood memories.
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I was investigating the plants in my school garden when I saw this flower, and I thought it was beautiful.
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