Santaluces Art Work Featured in City Place

The Tribe’s own photo editor Brandon Santana is one of ten Palm Beach and Martin County students to be featured at the City Place Art Wall on Rosemary Ave. His photo titled “The Reflection and the Shadow” will be on display for a whole year.

“It’s funny because I visited the wall earlier in the year and thought, ‘how cool would it be to have a photo displayed here,’ and now it’s just happened,” said Brandon, a senior.

Originally, Santana randomly decided to submit a few photos to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, just to see what would happen. He submitted seven photos and had two photos place. “The Reflection and the Shadow” placed silver at the regional level, and another photo placed gold at the regional level and silver at the national level.

Then one day he walked into his 3rd period where photo teacher Ms. Ardner asked if he heard the good news. Confused, she prompted him to check his email, where he found out his photo was going to be featured in City Place among other high school artists. Educational Gallery Group, the community that selects student works to be featured, found the photo through scholasticsart

“I was unaware and excited, I thought you had to submit to the gallery itself,” said Brandon.

Brandon did not really have inspiration for the photo, originally. Over the summer he spent a day at the beach and randomly started taking pictures – on an iPod 5, not a fancy DSLR camera. When looking over them, he noticed that this photo featured his friend’s silhouette, shadow, and reflection in the water simultaneously. He edited the photo to emphasize the silhouette and warm up the color, and “The Reflection and the Shadow” came to life.

Santana posing with “The Reflection and the Shadow” (Top)