© Justin Etzel MS3
In this era of Facebook and cellphone cameras, we are so inundated with photographic images that it can be tempting to flip through them without really looking. The best images provoke us to pause, reflect, and ponder. This winning entry of a man gazing at the stars does all this and more. Technically, the convergence of lines and angles direct us to the central figure staring into space. But as we look at him, he gazes outward, into the vast heavens above and toward the incomprehensible Milky Way of which we are but a tiny speck. One wonders about the stars, the distant galaxies, the unknown worlds so far away. Simultaneously, the viewer is drawn to closer surrounds – the flickering green lights (are they fireflies or something else?), the streaks of light (are they shooting stars or airplanes?). It’s all very beautiful, mysterious and mesmerizing, and I find myself getting lost in the image again and again.