CALIFORNIA MEDIA FESTIVAL WINNERS
Mapping Identity students won 1st place in the Collaboration Projects category at the 2010 California Student Media Festival - the oldest student media festival in the US! They continued the collaboration by flying the partner teachers and 2 students from each school to LA for the awards ceremony and 3 days of touring The LaBrea tar pits, UCLA, beaches, museums and the culture of SoCal - as always sharing the learning experience!
VIDEO OVERVIEW OF MAPPING IDENTITY
Student experiences from Palo Alto and Wilson Commencement Academy are sequenced in a video of their self-portrait, landscape photography, and blog entries that were assigned in a collaborative cross-country curriculum by Art teacher and History teacher in to inspire students to get to know each other virtually from 3000 miles apart. This video was created as a concise entry to showcase the overview of the project for the California Student Media Festival in April 2010.
RIDING HIGH IN SILICON VALLEY
Walking through Arastradero preserve, in Silicon Valley. Enjoying the beautiful scenery, seeing what nature has to show for itself. Get out and get moving!
DOG’S EYE VIEW
I was outside sitting with my dog and looking for possible places to take pictures. I looked into my dog’s eye and that’s when I saw that I could see myself - so I took my camera and framed my self-portrait so I could see myself and took the picture. ~Lauren
This is my Self Portrait its my favorite sweatshirt from my old soccer team because soccer is a really big part of my life, and my phone is also there because it is my connection to the world, and my headphones because i really love music.~Terra
This photo was taken in Japan at a fancy hotel dining hall hanging off a cliff by the ocean with the view of a cascading waterfall. The large transparent glass background made it the perfect choice to incorporate background in a different way. Later, I edited the picture with a radial blur function on my Sony point-and-shoot, which resulted with an upmost satisfactory final photograph. The radial blur gives viewers the effect of literally being sucked into the photo.
Cal Av. is not the typical Palo Alto scene. The stores are older, the streets more worn. It is however, my favorite place in the city. I guess I thought you should see it.
In the middle of October, I entered school on a considerable rainy day. I could not help but notice that all of my friends were wearing Converse. I was shocked at this for Converse are the easiest shoes to get soaking wet. This reminded me that I have a pair of Converse at home, which I almost never wear. Knowing that the following day when it stopped raining there would be a large puddle in front of my photo class, I wore a pair of Converse to school hoping to capture an image of the clean shoes reflected in the puddle. I though the contrast of the dull puddle versus the bright shoes would be an interesting concept, as well as the idea of trying to keep clean shoes away from the filthy water. After a few attempts of jumping close to the puddle and trying to capture the photograph, I set the camera on a stop motion setting so that it would continuously take pictures. I used a water proof camera and placed it in the edge of the puddle, it’s lens partially submerged in order to capture a clearer reflection. Lastly I skipped over the puddle, trying to get my shoes barely wet and hoping to convey through body language the slight rush of excitement and anxiety you get at jumping over a puddle while trying to keep your shoes clean. ~ Katie
EIGHT HANDS ON DUNMORE
I went to the most amazing camp ever for the past six years. Last summer was my last year and I’ve had this image in my head ever since I’ve started taking photography. It was the last actual activity period ever as a camper, so I made my friends jump with me into Lake Dunmore as a final goodbye. ~Margaret B.
This is one of my favorite pictures of me because it really captures one of the places I really love and enjoy being, in the water. Swimming has been such a big part of my life that I wanted to capture part of that feeling and love that I have for the water. This picture is so interesting because even though outside of the water everything has vibrant colors, in the water everything is blended into different shades of blue. Also, it captures the feeling of being under water because you can see the bubbles rise and by my facial expression. ~Kimberley H.