Grand Prize Winner -- Fine Art Category
The familiar tale of peter pan inspired GoPro Grand Prize winner Chrissie White to create a more ominous version of Wendy taking flight. Collaborating with her friend and fellow photographer Clara Pathé, she placed a remotely-triggered flash outside the window to cast a cool beam of light into the room—then propelled herself from a bedpost while Clara tripped the shutter on White's Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi. No sleight-of-Photoshop was involved!
White herself was transported by photography several years ago, and she soon started posting her pictures on Flickr. She credits both the online photography community and her artistically talented friends for the technical information and exchange of ideas that have allowed her to develop her skills. “The internet is very helpful these days,” she says. “That's where I got most of my photo education—along with experimenting with the camera, which is the best way to learn.”
As for college, white has her eye on the school of visual arts or another art-oriented New York City school. She's interested in set design and prop styling in addition to being behind the camera. “I’d love to be a creative director,” she says. Those aspirations clearly reflect her collaborative approach to creative photography.