Rooting Deeply Into Tranquility by Mitja Kobal
© 2011 Mitja Kobal
      Juror's Comment

      From Robert Nishihira:
      "The light in this photograph is beautiful. The translucency of the woman’s outfit works with backlighting to show partial silhouetting of her form. The rimlight helps to separate subject from background and emphasizes shape. The subject placement enhances the spatial depth of the landscape while creating balance.

      "The location and storyline of the photograph are interesting but lighting and composition are the strengths of this image."

    • Title: Rooting Deeply Into Tranquility
    • Artist: Mitja Kobal
    • From: Ljubljana, Slovenia

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    • Phone: + 386 (031) 412876
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    • Address: Trg Prekomorskih Brigad 10
      Ljubljana, 1000, Slovenia

    Artist Statement

    "I had a privilege to photograph a Tao disciple demonstrating the Zhan Zhuang meditation also known as the 'Entering the Heart of Trees'.

    "For this particular shot I chose a special location, the ethereal energy rich source Zelenci, which is the beautiful spring of Slovenia's longest and most important river Sava.

    "Photograph was taken in Autumn 2010, in the earliest morning light."