‘Seen in Milwaukee Photo Contest’ Names a Winner
Chad Weinberger, a 24-year-old Milwaukee native, captured the winning shot with Well Rounded. Weinberger has studied computer engineering at UW-Milwaukee. He currently works with KBS Construction and is a LEED accredited professional. This talented photographer cites ordinary life in our city as the inspiration for his work.
How did you hear about the photo contest and what inspired you to submit your work?
My friend Lauren
actually saw this and sent it over to me because she knew I was into
photography. After seeing the exhibit at the art museum I realized that my
style of photography was pretty similar and I figured I would give it a shot
and see how my art compared to some of the art coming from Milwaukee residents.
Where was the photograph taken and why did you choose this location?
The picture was taken at
City Hall, just inside of the main entrance and overlooking Water Street. I chose this location sort
of by luck. I shot most of my photos that day on a film Nikon SLR with a super
wide-angle lens and had just a few shots left on my last roll of film. I love
the way City Hall looks and kind of wandered
over near it, laid down on a bench and snapped off the last three shots. Two of
the shots were underexposed, but the third turned out great.
Who or what inspires you in your photography?
I really just want to
show people how I see the world—how the right angle and the right light can
capture something ordinary and turn it into something pretty extraordinary.
Simple day-to-day things can be so amazing if you just take the time to stop
and really look at them.
All qualifying submissions for the “Seen in Milwaukee” contest can be viewed on the Shepherd Express website at expressmilwaukee.com. The Milwaukee Art Museum’s “Street Seen” exhibition closed April 25, but media from the show can be viewed on the MAM website at www.mam.org. The museum offers a hardcover exhibition catalog for purchase as well.