Scholastics American Visions Medal
ABOUT AMERICAN VISIONS
American Visions medal recognizes an original, authentic voice or vision. It’s also considered the “best in show” of the competition.
Out of over 300,00 submissions all over the country, from teenagers in 6th-12th grade, only 86 were rewarded with an American Visions Medal. Of those 86, only 13 received an American Visions Medal AND a National Gold Medal; I am one of those 13!!
This is definitely the most prestigious award I’ve received so far in my photography career and I’m so grateful to have received it as I wrap up my photography in high school. I’m even more grateful to my photography teacher, Mrs. Jackowitz, who has supported me since 6th grade and guided me to where I am today!
“Tito- Clinica Del Rosario-Colombia”
It’s been said that pictures take on a different meaning once someone passes away.
When I flew to Colombia to say goodbye to my dying grandfather, I kept this thought in mind as I forced myself to take what I thought might be the last photographs of him.
In his hospital room, I hid behind my camera to keep him from seeing my flowing tears. I wanted to be strong for him; I wanted to pretend that he was fine while I knew he was playing hooky with death. But seeing him in the hospital bed 100 lbs lighter was heartbreaking; His skin sagged, his soon-to-be amputated legs were pencil thin.
As I walked around my grandfather laying in his hospital bed photographing every part of him, it reminded me of David Hockney’s work. While editing the images later that night, I decided to create this one image in his style. I printed five separate photographs, layered them on top of each other, and stapled them together to represent the staples he received himself.
I have a love-hate relationship with this image. I love it because it’s the last image I took of him, and it helped me channel my grief into photography. I hate it because I don’t want to remember him like that. I don’t want to see him in that bed so unlike himself.
Tito fortunately survived his amputation surgery and returned home. He is still in a fragile state. Whatever end up happening, I’m glad I created this piece.
Scholastics National Awards
¨Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
The Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their remarkable work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Awards give students opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships. Students across America submitted nearly 320,000 original works this year in 29 different categories of art and writing.¨