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From the Founders I

Of Photos and Fate



Bob Capazzo

I know, I know. We ran the winners of our photo contest last month. But I thought I’d fill you in on what it was like behind the scenes for us judges — an art director, two editors and our staff photographer.

First of all, we received some 275 entries this year from you talented amateurs out there — very exciting, though some people didn’t learn the early lesson I did about sticking to assignment. In this case, it was to focus on Greenwich people and places. (I still remember a formidable English teacher named Miss Bruce at Hathaway Brown School in Cleveland glowering at me over her half-spectacles and saying: “D for the day, Donna!” for not following direction.) So if we judges couldn’t determine that this was a Greenwich flower or a Greenwich chicken or Greenwich icicle, we had to disqualify a number of otherwise great shots.

On the upside, however, we were in for a big surprise. We honestly thought a professional might have snuck in the photograph that won Grand Prize in the People category. It was of two happy young ladies looking down from the top of a jungle gym. Turned out it was taken by eleven-year-old Regina Ferrara, a sixth-grader at Sacred Heart and originally from Mexico. After the middle school awards ceremony last June, a small group of students and their mothers had gone to the Field Club for lunch. When the girls got bored, Regina’s mother handed her her camera and turned her loose. The result was “Windows to the Sky,” a portrait of the Wexler twins Annie and Charlotte. So Regina won her own digital camera from Greenwich Magazine. What’s more, a member of our own staff knows these girls from her babysitting days for Lily Turner, their host at the Field Club, and reports, “These kids are adorable. They’re all amazing!”

On a different note, and a bizzare one: While cleaning out twenty years’ worth of files last fall, I ran across a résumé from the early nineties. It was from a recent college graduate looking for an editorial position. I guess I wasn’t interested, or even very polite, because I never answered the query, let alone interviewed this person. Why the résumé was still around, I don’t know. But as fate would have it, in 2008 I would give the writer my job! Yup, it was from Cristin Marandino at Boston University, the new editor of Greenwich Magazine. It’s now hanging, framed, in her office. Go figure.

And do enjoy this month of Valentine love. Never mind the snow. It, too, shall pass.

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     @ Bruce Museum

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    2014.11.22
     @ Bruce Museum

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     @ Bruce Museum

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     @ Imagine Candy

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    2014.12.31
     @ Hyatt Regency Greenwich

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     @ Whitby School

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    2015.01.12
     @ Greenwich Ballet Academy

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    2015.01.25
     @ Hyatt Greenwich

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    2015.01.30
     @ Junior League of Greenwich

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    2015.03.06
     @ Greenwich Country Club

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     @ Hyatt Regency

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