Laying on a bench in the crowded mall, ECHS freshman Ethan Nashold focused on the unusual light fixture above him. Unbeknownst to him that this would be the last time with his grandfather in his favorite place, he took a picture on his phone from the bench. Years after the picture was taken, Nashold’s grandmother encouraged him to enter a competition for his picture. He won.
Ethan Nashold entered the picture of the light fixture into NJ Monthly’s cover photo competition and won first place in the student category for his piece titled The Shops at Riverside. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, when this picture was taken happened to be the last outing with his grandfather. Which of course, would bring back many memories. Nashold’s grandfather was not a photographer, however this piece was taken at his favorite place.
Nashold has been considering possibly turning this into a career and continuing his photography skills through classes here at Eastern Christian. He has even considered entering more pictures into other competitions after winning his first entry. He said, “It was once in a lifetime. You don't enter one photo and win a state wide photo contest.”
Photography is an art form. Ethan stated that, “It draws memories. It is an easy way for me to describe my thoughts.”