This year, the 2013 Western Eye Photography Competition received submissions across each of the Maricopa County Community Colleges. Of those entries, 35 were selected for a black-and-white-heavy show featuring drag queens and desolate swimming pools.
The winner, Rebellion by Amy Hanen, stands out not only for its use of color, but also for its appearance of not being staged, even though it was. Hanen and a friend drove into the desert to create the piece; the only light coming from her headlights while her friend danced in the dust, hues of sunrise in the background.
Hanen, who turns 23 this month, works for a wedding photographer and has been making pictures for a year and a half. This is her first semester at Phoenix College.
The work is on view from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays through Wednesday, November 27, at the Eric Fischl Gallery at Phoenix College, 1202 West Thomas Avenue. Admission is free. Visit www.phoenixcollege.edu/campus-life/eric-fischl-gallery.