“One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity…” – Edward de Bono
More than 1,300 artworks are on display in the longest-running student art competition in the U.S., 77th annual Robert T. McKee Student Art Contest and Exhibition at the Haggin Museum in Stockton. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/100 sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 800)
I shot the 77th annual Robert T. McKee Student Art Contest and Exhibition at the Haggin Museum in Stockton. The longest-running art competition for students in the country, it boasts about 1,300 entries from students ranging from kindergarten to high school from around San Joaquin county.
I’ve shot the exhibition in the past and I’ve always been impressed at the amount of talent that the students possess. At the art show, I got a couple of overall shots of the exhibit and then close ups of some of the individual pieces. Some of the pieces are obviously the results of a class assignment, but others spring forth from the minds and creativity of the students.
(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 28mm. Exposure: 1/60 sec. @ f/4. ISO: 800)
I saw this striking portrait of a marine by 12th grader Cha Vong. I thought the realistic detail was stunning, but I also liked the unusual placement of the subject. It all gave the picture weight and impact.
(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 50mm. Exposure: 1/500 sec. @ f/8. ISO: 200)
Inspiration is a funny thing. It can come from the most innocuous places. After I shot the art exhibition, I was driving to an assignment when, on Hammer Lane near Montauban Avenue in Stockton, there, about 30 feet above, was the likely inspiration for Vong’s artwork. A marine recruitment billboard loomed overhead.
The photograph on the ad
had a uncanny resemblance
to Vong’s portrait. There were
some obvious differences,
the cropping for one, but
it had similar lighting and the
same steely stare, invoking a sense of determination, patriotism and courage. To see Vong’s art and the other students’ creative work, the show will be at the Haggin Museum in Stockton until April 27.