Trending
MOST READ
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Best River Walk Restaurant

Best River Walk Restaurant

Best of SA 2012: 4/25/2012
Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Arts & Culture: In one of the final chapters of his book To Selena, With Love (out March 6), Selena's widower Chris Perez mentions that Abraham Quintanilla, his former father-in-law, once... By Enrique Lopetegui 3/7/2012
Veg Out with Earth Burger

Veg Out with Earth Burger

Food & Drink: “Do you want cheese on that?” “Yeah, sure.” “Vegan or organic?” “Um, what? Where am I?” By Jessica Elizarraras 7/23/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Screens & Culture

Niki Aguirre inspires filmmaker with striking, foreboding photo

Photo: Niki Aguirre, License: N/A

Niki Aguirre

'Quiet Before the Storm' by Niki Aguirre.


Photographer Niki Aguirre swears she had no premonition of Superstorm Sandy hitting the East Coast when she took a photo of her young niece standing in the dark waters of the Potomac River looking at the ominous sky behind her. Two weeks prior to the hurricane, the photo, which Aguirre titled "Quiet Before the Storm," was announced as one of 91 winners of Project Imaginat10n, a photography contest sponsored by Canon and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind).

"I didn't know a storm was coming," said Aguirre, who had traveled back to San Antonio for a few weeks and left her husband at home in Woodbridge, Va., when Sandy made landfall. "I felt really bad I wasn't with him, especially because it was a sunny day in San Antonio." A recent Washington D.C.-area implant, Aguirre graduated from Reagan High School in 2002 and earned her degree in biology from UTSA in 2008. Not long ago, she recognized how much she uses science and the environment as themes in her photos.

"I love weather and how daunting it can be," Aguirre said. "I didn't even realize it was my natural inclination to go that direction until people started pointing it out to me. If I had the courage, I probably would've become a storm chaser."

Instead of dodging tornadoes, Aguirre is now a full-time photographer. Her winning photo, which was shot on a Canon 5D Mark II, will be used as inspiration for one of 10 films made by guest directors, including actors Jamie Foxx and Eva Longoria. The films will screen at a special festival next year.

Aguirre hopes whichever director chooses her photo will take the image literally. "I would be so excited if they created a scene in their film that looked exactly like my photo," Aguirre said. "I really hope they capture the 'controlled chaos.'"

Recently in Screens & Tech
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus