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aurora

BY RIA PARIKH

"Aurora", was taken about two years ago on a mountaintop in Italy. What first caught my eye when shooting this image was the stark contrast between the dark, rocky mountains and soft, pastel skies. By cropping out a significant part of the man-made portion in the photograph, I wanted to make the point that we, as humans, are all so small compared to the natural world. For instance, I feel that the off-center cross in the image compared to the vast valleys in the background provides a perspective of how insignificant the small town is in relation to the land below it. I also found the colors to be cathartic and knew that I had to capture this scene to look at forever. 

RIA PARIKH is a high school junior from Cincinnati, Ohio who finds enjoyment in the small things. She is an avid traveler, Starbucks addict,

and dachshund enthusiast. Currently, she serves as the opinion chief and photo editor of her school newspaper, The Leaf.

Ria is also the recipient of three gold keys, two silver keys, and seven honorable mentions from the Scholastic Awards for her journalistic

writing, poetry, and photography. She is a Kundiman Youth Fellow as well as a first place Writing for our Roots winner. Ria keeps herself

busy after school by volunteering, playing varsity tennis, and pursuing her degree in Indian dance. During her free time, Ria loves

to spend time with her friends and family.

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coleus leaf 3 and the fern leaf

BY ELLEN BRITT

This past school year has been an intense study of our environment and the plants and animals that still have a chance to thrive even in the face of global warming. The images submitted are part of a photo series I have done in my home darkroom using elements in nature. These images are not digital and can best be described as a black & white print using light sensitive paper, an enlarger and processed in a series of developing baths and image fixers. The name of the art form used to describe this work is called a photogram or shadowgram. To create this work, I started by finding leaves and flowers in my backyard garden and placing them on the photopaper in a wood and glass spring loaded proofing frame. Then I exposed the paper and processed it. The result is a B&W negative image of the shadow created by the leaf or flower. You can see the difference a variegated leaf or flower makes and see the amazing natural fractal pattern of both.

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ELLEN BRITT is a Grade 9 student with a passion for art. She is exploring many different media with a particular interest in photography. Ellen currently resides in British Columbia, Canada and is 14 years old.

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b&w collage

"B&W collage" was created by cutting up magazines and arranging the fragments on a fresh sheet of paper. The message I wanted to portray through this work is that confidence and action make change. As you can see, I attached phrases and pictures to the collage. A few of the phrases, such as "I'm not sure" and "No excuses" were meant to contrast each other, almost as if one is a response to the other. "I'm not sure" lacks confidence, while "No excuses" parallels it. Others, such as "Magic" and "Where to go now", were intended to add a motivational tone to the piece. Lastly, I added images throughout in order to hook the viewer's eye and remind them to look at the big picture. For example, in 3 of the 4 corners, I have attached a landscape picture. The reasoning behind this is to show that internal confidence is what makes external change."

Ria Parikh is a high school junior from Cincinnati, Ohio who finds enjoyment in the small things. She is an avid traveler, Starbucks addict, and dachshund enthusiast. Currently, she serves as the opinion chief and photo editor of her school newspaper, The Leaf. Ria is also the recipient of three gold keys, two silver keys, and seven honorable mentions from the Scholastic Awards for her journalistic writing, poetry, and photography. She is a Kundiman Youth Fellow as well as a first place Writing for our Roots winner. Ria keeps herself busy after school by volunteering, playing varsity tennis, and pursuing her degree in Indian dance. During her free time, Ria loves to spend time with her friends and family.

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IT

BY SEOYOON LEE

I poured water on a mirror and blended watercolor to create an abstract pattern. Swirling colors represent hope and belief I find myself within when I turn off the judgmental voice that whispers information endlessly.

SEOYOON LEE is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She is an artist to the core: aside from photography, Seoyoon dabbles in screenwriting, poetry, creative writing, drawing, dance film production, and various genres of dance choreography. She hopes to own her own entertainment company one day. 

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kiss

BY YINGEN POH

The materials used in this price include Prismacolor, white ball point pen, 0.5 pencil, and 4x7 tan paper. This piece is meant to portray desire and want in an individual and how they can be a driving force of motivation. A self-aware individual’s desire to be what they idolize and envy in another can come as a form of self-improvement as they reach for their goal. When your fingertips are finally able to kiss the surface of your goal, nothing is more rewarding.

YINGEN POH was born in Malaysia and moved to the states when she was three. Being an artist has always been a huge part of her identity and she hopes to inspire others to create art through her work. 

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fleeting memories

BY EDWARD ZHANG

I created this painting around the same time that my great-grandmother passed away. The inspiration for this piece came from her, because when she was still with us, she loved to travel to different places, and would always tell us stories about her experiences. In a way this piece was a tribute to her.

EDWARD ZHANG is currently a junior at Palo Alto High School in California. He has won two Scholastic Art & Awards and earned a certificate of special recognition in his district's Congressional Art Competition. Edward enjoys using acrylics to depict portraits and human figures. Additionally, he writes articles about foreign policy for his school's Agora magazine. In his free time, he walks his dog Snowy.

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BY JOHN CHOW

Taken while traveling to Hong Kong, it depicts the somewhat iconic view of the crimson-masted Aqua Luna junk boat in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. The photograph was edited both to highlight the elegance of the historically authentic ship and to somewhat resemble the colors of the bloodstained Black Bauhinia flag of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

JOHN CHOW is a high school student and amateur photographer. Starting with the budget camera his dad bought for himself, which he went on to steal, John grew to love the art form and developed his ability as he went from elementary to middle to high school. Beyond photography he enjoys running, and is learning to play bass guitar.

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sunset trail

BY JOSH GEHRING

 This is an older picture taken at the Palo Alto baylands during sunset. I snapped this photo as the silhouette of my buddy aligned perfectly with a streak of pink clouds behind him as he was biking.

JOSH GEHRING is a rising junior at Gunn High School. He is an avid cross country runner and enjoys being in nature with his friends in his free time. 

PARADOX

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BY SEOYOON LEE

If every thought and action has been predestined for us, that means the consequences are already determined, and our effort will be futile. Thin cardboards are made out of pages of 300-year-old books. I tore all the pages and stuck them on a model to express predestination and our inability to escape it.

SEOYOON LEE is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She is an artist to the core: aside from photography, Seoyoon dabbles in screenwriting, poetry, creative writing, drawing, dance film production, and various genres of dance choreography. She hopes to own her own entertainment company one day. 

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reverie

BY YINGEN POH

The materials used in this price include Prismacolor, white ball point pen, 0.5 pencil, and 11x14 white paper. Reverie, a state of being pleasantly lost in ones thoughts; a daydream. Reverie, in relation to “kiss” symbolizes the dreams and wishes of the individual. Reverie represents the dream-like expectations of achieving your goal, without all the hardship and turmoil in between. It stands as a visualization of a person's unrealistic means of getting what they want, like a genie granting wishes.

YINGEN POH was born in Malaysia and moved to the states when she was three. Being an artist has always been a huge part of her identity and she hopes to inspire others to create art through through her work. 

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a quiet line

BY JOHN CHOW

Nuzzled into the wall of an archway on the Stanford University campus stands a lone payphone. Its isolated silence encapsulated the tone of an empty university campus, a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

JOHN CHOW is a high school student and amateur photographer. Starting with the budget camera his dad bought for himself, which he went on to steal, John grew to love the art form and developed his ability as he went from elementary to middle to high school. Beyond photography, he enjoys running and is learning to play bass guitar.

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an owl's stare

BY ZOE PARKER

This painting is done with oil paints, and it was the first time I ever used them. I decided to paint a owl because they tend to live alone, and we are all stuck in our houses alone, so it seemed fitting.

ZOE PARKER is a freshman at Mountain View High and enjoys doing every type of art imaginable. She has taken seven years of art classes and helped create her eighth grade yearbook.

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DISCONNECTION

BY NEVE MCGUIRE

This piece was inspired by the current pandemic and by my art teacher. I used pens, pencils, pencil shavings, a ruler, a protractor, and various circular items from around my room for the creation of these pieces. It represents disconnection from mobile devices. 

NEVE MCGUIRE is a student artist.

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dream state

BY AUTUMN FUNG

I find myself to be very inspired by Cole Sprouse's editorial field photography, so in this image I tried to replicate the same blue and yellow sun-kissed look present in much of his work. The title of this piece was influenced by my love of the calmness of the subject at peace with their surrounding natural environment. I wanted my subject to have a very peaceful demeanor to exemplify the beauty and escape that nature provides. 

AUTUMN FUNG is a rising senior who enjoys taking photos for her school's photography program, and also in her free time. She expresses her passion for photography through a focus on portraiture, incorporating elements of nature and light. 

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drombeg stone circle

BY AOIFE HERNON

This piece is based off of a picture I took of an ancient Irish stone circle, just minutes from where I grew up. I loved the serenity and mystical fog and decided to recreate the piece using watercolors on watercolor paper.

AOIFE HERNON moved from a small town in Ireland in 2014 and is currently a rising senior at Mountain View High School. She has always been inspired by her heritage and the changing world around her, and expresses this through her passion of the arts which she has pursued throughout her life both in and out of school.

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juneau, alaska

BY AUTUMN FUNG

One day during my cruise trip to Alaska, we stopped in front of a small city called Juneau. I was amazed by the concentration of houses among the breathtaking landscape, so I wanted to create an image with earthy tones that also highlighted the bright colors of the houses. I was aiming to shoot a very calm and serene picture, which was achieved by framing my image with a focus on the fog-filled sky. 

AUTUMN FUNG is a rising senior who enjoys taking photos for her school's photography program, and also in her free time. She expresses her passion for photography through a focus on portraiture, incorporating elements of nature and light. 

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BY AUTUMN FUNG

When I first took this image into post-processing, I focused on emphasizing the cool tones of the sky and the subject's clothing to achieve an overall calming look. It felt as if the image was still missing something, so to add more interest, I created copies of my subject and adjusted them to create the illusion of one fading away. I wanted to demonstrate the concepts of losing oneself and the difficulty of connection. 

AUTUMN FUNG is a rising senior who enjoys taking photos for her school's photography program, and also in her free time. She expresses her passion for photography through a focus on portraiture, incorporating elements of nature and light. 

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rescued

BY ZOE PARKER

This is a chalk pastel drawing of our dog, Lila. She is a Formosan Mountain dog - a rescue from Taiwan. I copied a picture someone had taken of her in our backyard.

ZOE PARKER is a freshman at Mountain View High and enjoys doing every type of art imaginable. She has taken seven years of art classes and helped create her eighth grade yearbook.