Dear Brut Carniollus
we received 911 entries from 72 countries
and special congratulations to you –
you won the second place with your photographic reflection on the book The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss of the international photocompetition wortimbild.
About the book and the photo: The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a wonderfully slow book of incredible sensitivity and empathy, quite unlike other author’s books even though it is a story about Auri, a character from the much more famous The Kingkiller Chronicle. As Patrick Rothfuss himself says, the book does not do what a “proper book should do” which is one of the reasons it makes one of my personal top reads list, time and time again.
The photo, unimaginatively titled in the swamp was taken in the National Park Plitvice, Croatia, a wonderful place excessively abundant with waterfalls, small lakes and lush vegetation, spectacular and postcard perfect all year long. And then comes a guy with a camera and takes a black & white snapshot of a little patch of swamp grass (or whatever) in disarray just after the waters receded. A photo as unpretentious, nonconceptual and storyless as it can possibly be, depicting a moment in time far from unique or special in any way. And yet, it’s one of my personal favourites and makes me deeply grateful to the members of the jury for their uncommon sensitivity while picking this one out. The photo is not in any way related to the book itself and yet at the same time it is a perfect reflection of the sentiment permeating The Slow Regard of Silent Things.