By Grace Riggert (@GraceRiggert)
Six UW Oshkosh students were selected as finalists in the 36th annual Photographer’s Forum College and High School Contest.
Each of these spectacular photos will be featured along with other finalists, winners and honorable mentions in a hard cover book “Best of College & High School Photography 2016.”
Corissa Mosher’s photo happened to be the first photo she had taken with a camera other than her phone. The picture is of her roommate, Courtney, who appears to be “emerging out of a natural wonderland” in their backyard according to Mosher.
“In reality if the photo was shot a bit lower, you would be able to see the beer cans that have accumulated on the property throughout time,” Mosher said. “If I would have zoomed out just a smidgen, you would have noticed the fact that the natural wonderland she is standing in is really just a fat bush in our unimpressive backyard.”
Despite the less than ideal backdrop, the stunning photo was for the portrait/self-portrait assignment in Media Photo I and submitted to the contest per Dr. Tim Gleason’s suggestion.
“I got a good grade on the assignment and when I got it back, there was a note from Gleason stating something along the lines of: if you do not submit this for the Photography Forum Photo Contest, I will be very sad,” Mosher said. “So I did.”
Other snap shots were part of long-running projects like Chelsea Phillips’s photos, which is part of a series of images she is calling “Inner Demons.”
“The series shows people battling their demons,” Phillips said. “Each portrait of a person is accompanied by a photo of their addiction. The photo that I submitted is the alcohol demon. It signifies that he doesn’t want to be an alcoholic anymore but he can’t stop.”
For others they just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
“The photo I submitted I took while walking near Asylum Point Park, one of my favorite places to go in Oshkosh,” Allison Tetrick said. “I was actually there to create a video for my Journalism 340 blog and saw the butterfly on my walk back to my car.”
All of the photos submitted by our students capture unique moments in time and showcase the tremendous skill the students in our department have. Congrats to the finalists, we hope to see more of your work in the future!