It has been almost three months since we first announced our Ian Ruhter Original Wet Plate contest. But today we present the winner.
On July 2, we announced that we would give away an original wet plate plus three signed prints by Ian Ruhter to those who send us the most awe-inspiring images on the theme of light. On September 3, we presented the four finalists that we picked together with Ian Ruhter and his director Lane Power. Then it was time to vote.
“Mariana is a friend of mine,” says Oscar. “She works in a bicycle store. One day I heard day that she’d been involved in a serious accident. She had apparently been hit by a van while she was riding her bike. It really shocked me. To me Mariana had always been the kind of person that never goes through a bad moment. She is a super quiet and intelligent person, and I was just struck by the realization of how our lives can totally change in a second!!
“Soon after that, another friend of mine invited me to participate in a photographic exhibition of disabilities. I immediately thought of Mariana and asked he if she wanted to do this together. She agreed, and for the next six month we documented Mariana’s recovery. I believe this helped Mariana accept her new body a little more. She is getting better, little by little. She can now walk pretty good.
“My hope is that this image will help and encourage people in a situation similar to Marian’s. For the rest of us, perhaps it can be a reminder of how fragile yet valuable life is?”
Below are a few more shots from Oscar’s project with Marian. You will find even more at his website.
We would also like to once again say thanks to Oscar, the other finalists who will get signed prints sent to them, and all you who participated. This was a lot of fun!