Isabel Rurka was born in Berkeley, California, and lived there for ten years. She moved to Lafayette three years ago. Her favorite subject in school is anything but math. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball and taking pictures with her dad’s old camera. She has twin siblings, Nathan and Haley. Two years ago she adopted a Labrador retriever named Sammy.
"This shot had one of the best uses of a spontaneous moment, and presented it with such a unique and compelling graphic manner that I was immediately taken by the joy and simplicity that this photo relates to, especially one of just being a kid at play. We don't need to see the full swing, we don't need to see the full person, we don't need to even see the ground or anything else. This is about the one moment between being disconnected from the swing and the ground, when nothing else matters but that simple feeling of freedom, fun, risk, and exhilaration. In fact, I don't think I would be going far out on a limb to say that this photograph has a very strong semblance to the likes of work done by the master Henri Cartier Bresson, being somewhat relatable to his man stepping over the puddle."
"At first glance it is a bit hard to decide what is going on, but once one realizes that the girl is flying off a swing, it gives a nice action picture without too much included that would detract from the motion. The swing support in the left corner seems unnecessary, but may balance the girl's arm."