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The little mermaid
It was nothing more than poolside mischief, playful fun between a father and
daughter. But the image left a lasting
Vincent Scialo was horsing around with
his 12-year-old daughter Marissa’s new digital camera. Marissa was simply horsing
around in the water. When Vincent viewed
the shot, however, he knew he had lucked
into something special.
“She wanted to play in the pool and I
wanted to take pictures,” says Scialo, 41, of
Bellmore, New York. “It wasveryspontaneous. “The photo gives me a sense of inner serious portrait? Try a zany but lifelong
She was playing out her typical model- peace,” he says. “Marissa looks so innocent, visual treasure.
actress personality.” so peaceful in the water. It stirs up feelings of Melissa Rosengard, 43, of Oakland, Cali-
Lighting, Scialo says, played a key role my childhood and my belief back then in the fornia, asked her 11-year-old daughter, Allison,
in the shot. “It was nearing dusk and we had image of mermaids.” to pose on the couch with her canine crony,
spotlights pointing toward the pool,” he ex- For his photo, Scialo will be presented Schultz, a 1-year-old Weimaraner. But Allison
plains. “The reflection of the spotlight gives with a $1,500 Costco Cash card, a leather and her companion decided to freelance.
it a magical look.” photo album, a Kodak one-time-use camera “They’re both so silly,” laughs Rosengard.
He adds, “It appears like she is almost and a free film-processing coupon. “I was trying to get them to be still for a few
painted into the water of the pool. If it —Mark E. Stroder seconds. But Schultz was licking Allison’s
weren’t for the air bubbles coming out of her face and she was laughing, and they sort of
nose, you wouldn’t even know that she was Second place (above) fell back on the couch—and then she pulled
underwater. She reminded me of a peaceful, his ears and I took the shot. beautiful mermaid out at sea.” Ears to good friends “She was mocking him. She’s always pull-
Scialo says he’s not a serious photogra- hat do you get when two best ing on his ears. He’s such a goofy dog. You just pher and insists shooting the image was a friends—both considered family never know if it’s going to be a good picture.” magical experience. Wclowns—are asked to pose for a Rosengard was so enamored of the shot,
she had it enlarged, framed and placed on a
prominent wall in the house.
“It captures how lively and fun Allison
is,” she says. “She’s at a fun age where
clowning around is such an important part of
childhood. She laughs every time she sees
“The combination of the two of them was
such an unexpected moment. Schultz almost
looks like he wants to be dignified because
he’s probably trying to figure out why she’s
pulling his ears.”
For her photo, Rosengard receives a $1,000
Costco Cash card, a leather photo album, a
Kodak one-time-use camera and a free film-processing coupon.—MES
Jeffrey M. Jue
El Cerrito, California