Sarah Stoutamire's "Nightlight" was named the winner of the Photo Contest at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. The image portrays someone waving around sparklers, highlighting the design the sparklers made. The judge of the contest described the photo: "For the mystery that it holds, in the way we see light graphing over time. "In the manner in which the subjects feet on the ground exist so ephemerally, it's speaks to the brevity of our human existence and it's touching in that sence." "This Photo embodies the mystery of the photographic process itself where writing with light in linear time creates a single frame allowing time to be compressed into an internal slot."
Sarah said she was in shock and had no idea that she was going to win the award and credited the other photos in the show stating "they were absolutely gorgeous." Sarah got the sparklers specifically for the photo shoot and took pictures of the various patterns she could create. Sarah used a Nikon d3-100 camera and set the camera timer for 10 seconds while she ran out to the spot with the sparklers to capture the image.
Sarah stated that she plans on studying illustration but plans on continuing practicing photography: "it's just a different way to express myself, but I will certainly be entering in future contests and I definitely want to experiment more with time exposure photography."
In the first video: Artistic Director Kris Waldman gives an update on the Hopkinton Center for the Arts and reads off the photo contest results.
In the second video: Sarah Stoutamire talks to HCAM news about the photo.