“At the Marketplace,” Kerala, India, 2012.
After spending a summer in India, Eunice Yu (BFA Photography ’13) submitted three of her photographs to Temple’s Education Abroad office for their annual photo contest.
Her photo “At the Marketplace” was chosen as the first place winner for the Education Abroad International Photo Contest, in the Artistic Vision category.
“This image shows people in their natural environment, doing their everyday tasks,” Yu said. “To me, there is so much beauty in something that is ordinary for one person yet extraordinary for another.”
After being unable to travel to India the summer of her junior year, Yu had the opportunity to go to Kerala, India with a friend for three weeks this past summer.
“What excites me the most is that winning the photo contest allows others to witness the beauty of India through my image. I want to expose the splendor of the place to those who have not seen or experienced it,” Yu said.
When Yu took the photo, it was her first time visiting this particular market.
“I was walking around with my friend, soaking in the atmosphere – the noise and bustling in one place, the quiet and calm in another, the food, the objects, the people. With camera in hand, I could not resist the colors that were shouting with radiance,” Yu said. “There was magic in the way that the light bulb almost floats in the image, and the vibrant, rich colors everywhere – the food, the wall, the clothes.”
Yu credits Tyler’s Photography Department for her success.
“They’ve helped me step out of my comfort zone,” Yu said. “Every photography class and professor I had helped me build the skills and knowledge necessary for me to create images that reflect my perspective of the world.”
Yu’s photo was then displayed as part of the photo exhibition at the Global Temple Conference in the Howard Gittis Student Center South.