Marsha Graniel has parlayed her interest in music and photography
into a successful combination.
The John Burroughs High School senior is this year’s winner of the
fifth annual Music Center’s Spotlight Awards in photography. Her
winning photograph, which carries a $1,500 cash award, is a head shot
of a young man wearing earphones with musical notes superimposed over
“It’s a big honor,” said Marsha’s photography instructor, Tim
Brehm. “I don’t know of any other high school situation where a kid
wins a cash award.”
Marsha, 17, said she is surprised that out of 300 photographic
submissions from students in schools throughout the Southern
California area, she emerged victorious.
“I thought when I turned in my picture, there would be more
pictures better than this one,” she said. “I was shocked when I won.”
Marsha first picked up a camera when she was 12, and she has been
immersed in photography ever since. Her interest helps her to better
understand the world, she said.
“It shows to me every time I look through the camera a whole
different world,” Marsha said. “It has a mystery behind it. Mostly
when I look at a picture when it’s done, I see its theme.”
In explaining her winning entry, Marsha said her subject is simply
listening to his music and not minding what is going on in the world
In addition, two other Burroughs students -- seniors Curran Wedner
and Pachaporn Jandensen -- were among the 15 finalists in the
Marsha will be presented with her award at an April 22 ceremony at
the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.