Got this in my email today. Happy Camper here.
“Congratulations! You are a finalist in the Taft Museum of Art Landscape Photography Competition. Your photograph will be showcased in the Taft’s Lindner Family Café November 14 — January 3. You are also in the running for the Grand Prize! Please review the following important information.
1. You must drop off your photograph in hanging ready (framed/wire attached) condition to the Taft Museum of Art on Saturday, November 5, 3–5 p.m.
2. Please respond to this email by Wednesday, November 3 confirming your finalist position and ability to drop off on Saturday, November 5. If you do not respond, we will choose an alternate finalist.
3. You must pick up your photograph from the Taft Museum of Art on Saturday, January 7, 3–4 p.m.
The grand prize winner will be determined by an online vote. The voting period begins November 14 and ends December 4. On November 14, you can find the online voting section here. Make sure you encourage your friends and family to vote for you!”
The entry is titled “Living Waters” and is a slow shutter speed photograph of the “Living Waters” of the North Fork French Broad River as it passes through Balsam Grove at the “Living Waters” Ministry and retreat center. I photographed this image with my macro lens in 2014, when on my fall color trip with some guests from Cincinnati. I have always been enamored to the image and recently sold two copies, and now have been chosen by the judges as one of ten to exhibit at the famous Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, Ohio.
One of the things that I have always liked about this image is how it deceives people. Often, people cannot tell what it is and it has been seen as a storm on a western landscape several times, as well as the most radical, a shot of cotton in a gin. Being different things to different people, I think, is good and I like that. Telling them what it is, is always fun as well. I hope you like it.