September 28, 1998
Photo courtesy of Dr. Elwood Jones
This striking photo of the fiery red stamens of a protea is an example of Dr. Jones' use of light and perspective.
by Deborah Stone
More than 600 photographers from around the West Coast participated in the sixth annual Alaska Airlines Magazine, Horizon Air Magazine and KITS Cameras Photo Contest. Judges went through nearly 1,500 photo entries searching for pictures that showed simplicity and subtlety in nature.
Proving that this community is comprised of highly creative and artistic individuals, Woodinville produced two winners in the contest. Jim Workman was awarded the grand prize and Dr. Elwood Jones received an honorable mention.
Workman's close-up photo of a Pacific Chorus frog nestled in the petals of a dahlia was taken in his own backyard. The contrast of the red dahlia with the green frog peeking out is striking and very dramatic, yet emphasizes simplicity.
Workman took the photo with a Canon AE1 camera, using a 200 millimeter telephoto lens on a macro setting. A self-trained photographer, Workman takes pictures as a hobby, primarily underwater when he scuba dives.
"I've been shooting pictures since 1980 when I lived in Hawaii," says Workman. "I was scuba certified in 1969 and have always loved the underwater environment, the shells and the sea life. I started taking photos some years later because I wanted to remember what I saw when I went on dives. Working as a rep for Squibb, I called on hospitals in Samoa, Guam and Micronesia and when I went to these places I also went diving. Taking photos seemed like the natural thing to do, so I read a few books and made a lot of mistakes in the beginning."
Workman has sold some of his underwater photos and has won a few contests held by his company, now Bristol-Meyers Squibb. He considers himself a nature photographer, but says he doesn't really look for specific subjects to shoot; rather, his eye catches something and he takes a picture of it.
The frog in his winning photo had been living most of the summer in one of the dahlias he raises in his yard. One slightly overcast morning in August of '97, he went out and took a picture of it.
"I think I used a flash," says Workman, "but I really didn't do much else, because the subject was so dynamic in color."
When he learned of his award, Workman was quite surprised and of course, very pleased.
As the grand prizewinner, he and his wife will be going on an all-expense-paid trip to Cabo San Lucas this winter.
Dr. Elwood Jones, a psychiatrist in private practice, is an accomplished photographer whose work has been shown by numerous galleries in Hawaii, Virginia and Washington.
His prints appear in private collections locally and in various parts of the country and, most recently, his work has been featured in such magazines as Northwest Travel, Seattle and Alaska Airlines. Hallmark Cards, Inc. has published many of his images in the Options Card Series and in the Grand Street Gallery Series note cards titled "FLOWERS in a Different Light."
Dr. Jones bought his first camera when he entered the service at the age of seventeen, during World War II.
He took many photos during the war, and after being discharged, he attended the University of Kansas City where he was a photographer on the staff of the university's newspaper.
He put his photography on hold to complete medical school and psychiatric training.
Dr. Jones' unique use of light and perspective can be seen in his striking photo of a fiery stamen of a protea which won him an honorable mention in the contest.
Intimate views of flowers have always fascinated him and his passion is to "preserve in imagery their ephemeral beauty."