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Meet the October judge

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  November 6, 2009 02:35 PM

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So I was cruising around the Web, looking for Pink photos and just reading on the topic of using color as a contest theme, when I came across an interesting site called Pink Sherbet Photography belonging to a Utah photographer.

Turns out the photographer, D. Sharon Pruitt, 39, is a New England native whose husband is in the Air Force. She grew up in Maine; when she was 13, her family moved to New Hampshire, where she attended Exeter Area High School, graduating in 1987 (back then she was Sharon Mattheson). Her grandmother lived in Essex, so she spent many weekends and summers in Massachusetts. And as the wife of an Air Force guy, she lived on Hanscom AFB in Bedford for four years.

She left New England in 2008 and now lives in Clearfield, Utah with her husband and five of her six children (one is grown and out of the house). Sharon does a lot of freelance stock photography, including portraits, close-up nature shots, photos with vivid colors, and subtler black & whites and sepia-toned images.

She says her style is "purely formed from 'ordinary' smiles, laughter, nature, stillness, excitement, ecstasy, anguish, and passion evident in all aspects of everyday life. They are gems evident in all peoples' everyday lives; they simply require the ability to be recognized and captured."

You can see some of Sharon's photos on her website as well as on her Flickr account.

Why does her site have "pink" as a theme? "The reason I love pink is because you can't take it too seriously," she writes. "It's youthful, happy, fun, feminine, and very beautiful."

It appears that we have solved everybody's issues with tag problems, photo not showing up, etc., so I gave Sharon the green light to start narrowing the field of 243 photos to the Final 50. We'll post the gallery of her choices whenever she finishes next week; meanwhile, you can review the entries here:

Gallery 1 | Gallery 2 | Gallery 3 | Gallery 4 | Gallery 5

And don't forget the November contest, with the theme Silhouettes. Here's a look at the entries received so far.

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