For the August photography contest over at our Flickr group, we sought out shots of what you defined as rural life. The submissions we receive every month never fail to amaze. More impressive than their locale is the spot on rural-ness of each shot. This month’s entrants were from all over the globe: Namibia, Vietnam, Colombia, and the winning shot from India.
Monica Forss’s dynamic photograph from Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India, has the essence of rural running through each pixel. A man, downtrodden after 18 hours in the field, now turns his attention to the herd. He looks at the camera, proudly, after telling Monica an oral history of his ranchland. The ruins behind him were that of his great grandfather’s home built by the sweat of his brow in the year 689. Okay, so I made that entire story up, but that’s the beauty of the shot — it creates a story, a place, a life.
We are going to try to tweak the photo contest procedures a bit this month, giving our Facebook family a voice in the voting process. On Sept 26, submissions will close and the top finalists will be posted on our Facebook page. We’ll then ask readers to “Like” their favorite photo and the shot with the most votes will win.
Jon lives in Butte, Montana, spending most of his time on skis or bikes; sometimes both. He began travel writing while teaching in Korea and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Technical Communication at Montana Tech. Jon has begun writing his first book, The Story of Will, whose movie rights are still (very) available. Catch more of Jon at TheJonWickproject.wordpress.com. (@ExpedJon)
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