Photo of the Month

Paula Opazo-Schofield uses art to trigger nostalgic remembrances

“This photo captures one of the most memorable days that summer of 2009,” says Paula Opazo-Schofield as she reflects upon a July afternoon nearly three years ago. For this second-year sociology student from University College, photography is not only a means to creating tangible ways of remembering, but understanding how people interact with their surrounding environments.

“I believe that the presence of a human figure in a photograph ultimately creates a story – you can capture an emotion that would otherwise not exist,” she says. “Seeing people interact with their environment is a different story – it’s fascinating how small and insignificant we are compared to the world.”

This particular image showcases an anonymous subject staring into the infinite blue sky – a scenic view that most can relate to when reminiscing about those rare, yet unforgettable times when we realize how that moment cannot – and will not – last forever.

“The negative space in conjunction with the form of her body creates a very minimalist composition,” says Opazo-Schofield. “Portraits like these let you capture someone or something’s beauty; the art of it comes from how you choose to express that beauty.”

The artistry of Opazo-Schofield’s photography evidently lies in its aptitude to evoke powerful feelings of nostalgic remembrance – of people, things and even time itself. “I had, and still do, have a fascination with ‘containing’ a particular moment in a photo,” she admits. “It’s almost like freezing it in time and keeping it forever that way.”

In the case of Opazo-Schofield’s photography, a picture does speak a thousand words.

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