#myRichmond photo contest winner, Ellen Seskin, discusses the inspiration for her winning photo

on October 20, 2014

Ellen Seskin said she must have gotten the photo bug from her dad, a newspaper reporter who captured moments for a living. After a few nods of glory from friends, Eskin started to get serious about photography while in college at UC Irvine. Now married and with a 27-year-old son, Seskin continues to be apart of a family full of talented folks.

The Seskins have been living in Richmond for 30 years. Her husband, a musician, and son, a talented photographer deckhand, each share a knack for taking beautiful sunsets like the one Seskin sent in for the #myRichmond photo contest.

Seskin smiles big for the camera holding onto another love of her life besides photography and children, her dog Brock.

Seskin smiles big for the camera holding onto another love of her life besides photography and children, her dog Brock.

On one of the many evenings Seskin walks near the Richmond Marina with a friend and their dogs Brock and Ruby, she captured “Richmond’s version of the northern lights” on her smartphone.

“We take our dogs there [Richmond Marina] in the evening and in the summer especially. We go down there between 7 and 7:30, and have an hour to walk before the sun would set, “ Seskin said. “By the time we would be getting back to the car, there would be these amazing streaks of color. So I started taking pictures of the sunset.”

When Seskin is not taking pictures of the sunset she tends to her two loves: children and animals. She visits her nephew’s children whenever she can and talks to them on the phone often. Seskin is also apart of an array of environmental and animal friendly organizations, including Richmond Trees and Fix Our Ferals.

Seskin hopes to continue to load her Facebook page with more photos of sunsets and other colorful, if fleeting, moments of life.

To view more of her photos, stop by her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ellen.seskin

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