Honorable Mention 4
    • Juror's Comment
      An elegant image, simple and profound with a cloudy monochromatic presence that draws out the color brilliance of the blue boot.

    • Title: Along a Cobbled Road
    • Artist: J.Y. Chang
    • From: Montain View, CA USA
    • URL: jychang.com
    • e-mail: jychang@jychang.com
    • Phone: +1 650.387.8632

    Artist Statement

    I took this photograph in Berlin last summer, during one hot, stifling afternoon. I was taking a brisk walk across the city, trying to hit all the sites on my list of things to see. My eyes were constantly looking upwards, mesmerized by all the interesting and beautiful architecture around me, and at the famous skyline of Potsdamer Platz in the distance. Then, when least expecting it, I looked down for a moment and saw a small boot abandoned by the side of the road.

    The bright rainbow colors initially caught my eye, in contrast to the stark gray stones all around it. The sight immediately intrigued me. How did this boot get left here? Is the boot’s owner (presumably a small child) looking for it, and missing it? Or has it been forgotten? What will happen to the other boot, now that it has no mate? For a moment, my rush to get to the towering buildings in the distance completely dissolved. It reminded me that sometimes the most interesting sights could be right in front of you, and you can miss them if you’re looking too far into the distance.