Daniel Jaffe, La Jolla High School - 11th grade
California's aesthetic is exemplified through a positive balance between nature and urban structures. California is most accurately represented when these two aspects of society are in equilibrium. This picture represents a strong counterbalance between the state's natural beauty and man's creative ingenuity. The pier physically manifests a combination of these two important aspects of California. The innate elegance of the ocean and sand combines with the pier to make this photograph portray a sense of significance. The lighting in this frame also depicts an interesting time of day: the point in time when the late afternoon sky symbolizes a balance between night and day. The perspective of the pier represents the feeling of infinite opportunity and potential that California has come to portray. In essence, this photograph represents California's balance between man and nature and the notion of promise present for all individuals.
© 2007 Daniel Jaffe, Displayed with permission.