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Winning photo taken on trip to Pike Place Market


Last updated 3/16/2018 at Noon

Emily Sanger’s “The Baker” won the grand prize at Schack Art Center’s black-and-white photography contest.

Lines, shadows and shapes are basic ingredients for compelling black-and-white photography, and Emily Sanger nailed them all in “The Baker,” the grand-prize winner of the Schack Art Center’s 2018 Black & White Photography Contest.

Sanger is a sophomore at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

“This particular image made us think,” Schack judges Kyle Goldie, Sonya Lang and Lloyd Dan Manning noted. “We were intrigued by the feeling of wanting to know more behind the story. We loved the emotion portrayed in the image. The tonal range and composition are very well done.”

Schack received more than 145 entries for the contest, open to all high school students in Snohomish County. Photographs were judged in two categories: grades 9-10 and grades 11-12.

Sanger’s award-winner came during a trip to Pike Place Market.

“I shot the image at a small bakery called Three Girls Bakery,” she said. “I stumbled across him with a few of my friends as we were heading back on the bus to go home. This was actually the last picture I took there, and I felt so lucky I was able to capture it in such a rush.

“I think the judges accurately analyzed this photo as I had the same reaction as I captured it. When I saw the baker looking out from his shop, I stopped in my tracks and was taken aback when he looked over at me. I immediately pointed him out to my friends, and then asked him if I could take his picture.”

Because the group were about to miss their bus home, Sanger said she wasn't able to speak with the baker at length.

“If I were able to talk to him, I would have loved to hear about what being a baker entails, and maybe even his preferences on the goods he bakes,” she said.

Sanger said her photography skills are the result of her teacher at Edmonds-Woodway, Tiffany Davis, whose guidance was in mind when capturing “The Baker.”

“In almost every element of this picture, I was thinking back to all the lessons she had taught my class and me,” Sanger said. “For example, I decided to use a complete depth of field after thinking about what Ms. Davis had taught us in the first week of our class – to use complete depth of field when you want to show the entire frame.

“Also featured in this picture was another one of her lessons – using framing to effectively make the focal point stand out. The door frame in this picture and the shadows behind the baker makes the eye draw directly to him, and I would have never thought about that without her classes.”

Sanger said her future goals for a career are understandably undecided.

“But regardless of my chosen career,” she said, “I plan to continue with photography as a special interest and work towards having more skills at using a camera to capture the best moments.”

We wouldn’t bet against her.

Other local winners

Grades 9-10 second place: Tomas Brodniak, “Caped Crusader,” Edmonds-Woodway High School, ninth grade.

Grades 9-10 honorable mention: Faith Lehde, “Wondering and Wandering,” E-W, ninth grade; Sebastian Olson, “A Good Boy,” E-W, 10th grade; Daniel Roubin, “Personal Community,” Meadowdale High School, 10th grade

Emily Sanger

Grades 11-12 first place: Madeline Holden, “Drops,” E-W, 12th grade.

Grades 11-12 second place: Ken Razo, “Roots,” E-W, 11th grade.

Grade 11-12 honorable mention: Hollie Hutchison, “Elusive,” E-W, 12th grade.

An exhibit of all the entries is on display in the Emerging Young Artists' Gallery at the Schack Art Center through April 30. The address is 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Information: 425-259-5050.


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