* 3rd Place: Sydney Zhang – Self Portrait of a Pianist

Artist: Sydney Zhang
Title: Self Portrait of a Pianist
Grade: 12th grade
School: Campolindo High School
Teacher: Collette Sweeney

While playing the piano one day, I realized that my reflection in the piano could make an interesting composition. This self portrait bridges my love for the visual and performing arts, as both have always been very influential my life. I used a Sony NEX-6 camera and a tripod to capture the self portrait. I experimented with camera angles and long shutter speeds to achieve a dynamic composition with my face and hands in frame and that conveyed motion. I used a timer on the camera so that I could complete the composition by myself and Adobe Photoshop to adjust the lighting and draw attention to my reflection.