Old World Wisconsin Foundation hosts a photography contest every year, and this year’s Best of Show picture included ME, the Church Lady! I remember meeting the photographer soon after we opened for the day. The heat had let up a bit, there were puffy cumulus clouds playing with the light; it was a brilliant, inspirational sky, and I couldn’t help looking up at its constantly changing aspect. He took several pictures and showed me with his viewer how the shadow of the window panes appeared and disappeared in various shots. I told him that I was planning to buy myself a new camera for my birthday. It was a very pleasant visit. How exciting to learn this week that the picture had taken First Place in the Historic Structures category and also won Best in Show! I saw the winning shot yesterday, framed and hanging in Harmony Hall. I got the photographer’s name and e-mailed him a congratulatory note and asked if I could post the photo on my blog. He graciously provided the jpeg and agreed. So, drum roll, please! Ladies and Gentlemen, Jay Filter’s award-winning photo of St. Peter’s Church and the “church lady” (me!):
Photo by Jay Filter
You can see more of Jay’s amazing work by visiting his website here.I love seeing his dazzling images scroll by and exclaiming, “I’ve been there!” Holy Hill, Lake Michigan, Old World Wisconsin, Devil’s Lake…and various sandstone formations that I think I recognize, but can’t remember where I was. My next goal is to enter the contest as a photographer, not a subject!