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HCS Tenth-Grader Places in State Visual Arts Competition

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24-March-2014 (HCS) – It all started by spotting a tree next to some water off of Lakeshore Drive in Homewood.  It ended with a 1st finish in the 2014 State Superintendent’s Visual Arts Exhibit. 

“I just saw the tree and thought ‘…that’s a good idea’ and took a picture of it,” John Michael Alfano said.

Alfano, a tenth-grader at Hoover High School, finished 1st in Division 9-10, Category II for an un-named photograph which was part of a “Reflections” project in his digital photography class (instructor, Mr. Ben Rigsby).

"At first I didn't think the colors [around the tree] were good.  They were bland.  The angle was nice, however, and it had good definition,” Alfano said.  “I added effects and filters to brighten up the colors."

The photograph was taken with a Canon PowerShot and was edited in Photoshop CS5.  Following a successful run at the district level, the piece went on to State level for competition.

"I was extremely surprised of the placement,” Alfano said.  “I didn't even know about it until an announcement was made at the school level."

The first-year photography student says he’s always liked photography.  His mother, Mrs. Amy Alfano, is an art teacher at Gwin Elementary School. 

“I definitely like to do it as a hobby and for expressing myself, but I am not sure I want this to be the way I earn money,” Alfano said.

Alfano’s work was on display in the state’s Old Supreme Court Library in the Alabama State Capitol during the month of February as part of the 38th annual State Superintendent’s Visual Arts Exhibit.  Mixed-media artwork and photographs were on display from students statewide in grades 7-12.   See the official Alabama State Department of Education news release

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