An interview with Patrick Murphy, winner of "Summer in Swing" Photo Contest

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

  • Patrick's captivating photograph won first place

    Patrick's captivating photograph won first place

Written by Stephanie Rennie

The Cannon held its annual “Summer in Swing” photo contest early this summer with astonishing support and participation from the Guelph community. There were over thirty five photo entries that were all remarkable. It is an understatement to say that the judges had a difficult decision to make in selecting the winners of this year’s contest.

One photograph certainly stood out among the others in terms of creativity and overall quality. This particular entry was breathtaking as it captured the very rare moment of a lunar eclipse.

As the moon temporarily went into hiding, Guelph student and resident Patrick Murphy quickly took the opportunity to preserve such a powerful event in the form of a stunning photograph titled “Sky Bright.”

In an interview with The Cannon, Patrick Murphy comments on his absolute love for the location of this incredible photograph. “My first instinct is to go to the Speed River,” Patrick states as he spends many nights by the calming water.

Murphy went on to express the details of this winning photograph. He claims that it was certainly not a mistake. “There was an intention, though I got lucky with the eclipse.” Patrick asserted his “hate for post-production” which made him pleased with the unique and untouched nature of “Sky Bright.”

In one sentence, Murphy effectively expressed the true characteristics of this photo as “weird, organic, and aesthetically pleasing.”

The judges felt the same passion and appreciation for this one of a kind photograph that won Patrick two weekend passes to Hillside Festival last weekend.

When asked about his time at the festival, Patrick commented that he actually volunteered to coordinate parking for the weekend and instead gave his tickets to two friends from the CFRU. Murphy stated that this selfless act “allowed me to help someone else have a good time.”

Based on the absolute brilliance of “Sky Bright,” one would immediately assume that Patrick’s future career ambitions are in photography. However, he will be beginning his Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Toronto this upcoming September. He aspires to teach secondary school upon completion of his year at U of T.

Murphy describes himself as an “amateur in a playful stage” of photography. He strives to complete one photo shoot a week and is completely self-taught.

His love and obvious skill at photography stem from his philosophy of utilizing the resources on campus. To find a common ground for his recent studies in Theatre and his hobby of photography, Patrick started coordinating his own photo shoots.

Gathering a talented and motivated crew of twelve models, a stage manager and a few tech hands was the recipe for combining his degree is Theatre Studies with a passion for photography.

From these photo shoots, Patrick has also developed his own blog that allows his audience to view a photo a day that he has taken within the last year.

For access to his blog, visit www.kidinthebackrow.tumblr.com

To view the winning picture: http://www.thecannon.ca/news/story/the_summer_in_swing_results_are_in

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  1. Posted by: Rob on Jul 28, 2011 @ 1:02pm

    Definitely would be useful to show the actual photograph that won. Without it, how can we know that it was worthy of an article?

  2. Posted by: on Aug 1, 2011 @ 12:24pm

    Hi Rob,

    You clearly don't visit the thecannon.ca often. The photos can be viewed here: http://thecannon.ca/news/story/the_summer_in_swing_results_are_in

    If you want to see all of the entries, you can view them here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150223850324516.341894.154979379515


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