Photographer: Ralph Grunewald, Düsseldorf, Germany
Getting the Shot: I am originally from Germany (where I live now), but I spent the last year in Madison, Wisconsin where I studied and taught at the University of Wisconsin. One of the must-not-miss spots in Wisconsin is the Milwaukee Art Museum right at Lake Michigan. One part of the museum, the Quadracci Pavilion, was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava and is a light and structurally compelling hall that faces the lake. The large window front provides for wonderful backlight that transforms whatever moves in front of the windows into silhouettes.
The Details: I have been to shoot at the museum a couple of times and my archive is full of people and photographers pointing their cameras in all directions. I got back to the museum in March 2006, and I knew I had an opportunity when a class of students got up and moved from one corner to the other. I waited until they were in my frame and pushed the trigger. I knew this would be intriguing because of all the tired students dragging their feet. However, it was pure luck that I caught the moment when the boy pointed his arm up with one of his fingers extended. I looked at the screen of my camera and immediately thought "On Wisconsin" - the first line of the official Wisconsin state song. If you look closely you can also see the light in the glasses of (I assume) one of the teachers.
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