Dave Woody
Portrait photograph of a woman wearing a green shirt

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First Prize


Photography is a means for me to enter and experience the world. I become interested in a certain place or a person, and I work to engage with what unfolds in front of the camera. What I hope to show is a constellation of things surrounding us that come together in an interesting way. Light, color, gesture, and the subtlest delineations of skin and cloth are all elements that affect the emotional experience of a portrait. Some days it is enough to just look through the camera’s ground glass to produce a condition of wonderment. Photography’s greatest gift to me has been the way it allows me to observe a moment of time with clarity and attention.