" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

February 7, 2013

There's No Place Like Home

Danny Beath's winning photo of a
lightning strike
at a nature reserve
"An autistic English photographer was announced the winner of a prestigious national award and a trip to Papua New Guinea at the same time as his funeral was taking place. 
Danny Beath, who died last month at age 52, was named the posthumous winner of the Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year Competition 2012 for his shot of a lightning bolt crashing over English poppy fields, the Shropshire Star reported.
The photographer, who had been a finalist in the awards seven times but had never won, would have received a photographic commission to travel to Papua New Guinea and new camera equipment as his prize.
He had reportedly commented on the Wanderlust website how excited he was about being a finalist in the awards before collapsing outside his Shrewsbury home three weeks ago.
"We already knew that he had actually won this year, but I couldn't reveal it," Wanderlust editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes said.
"I just wish he'd known before he died because it would have meant so much to him.
Late English photographer Danny Beath
He was particularly delighted as it was with a British landscape – he had always entered photos from overseas in previous years," she said."
Travel Photo of the Year: Danny Beath tribute
For anyone who has read Paulo Coelho's book The Alchemist, this story would be very familiar about the message of the treasures of home.
A Monocled Monk Swimming
Open your eyes!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, the photo is stunning! No fair that he died before knowing he'd won!