This is one of my finest images, capturing the eye and soul with its brilliant blue ocean scene. One of 18 prints from the â€œIsrael Unveiledâ€ collection, this image was on display at the 2008 â€œNatureâ€™s Bestâ€ Photography Windland Smith Rice â€œOCEAN VIEWSâ€ Exhibitionat the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. â€œAs I hiked Israelâ€™s coastline, I saw something in the distance that looked like metal rising fom the sand. As I approached, I was surprised to see what I later learned was a Turkish freight from the late 1800â€™s that had found this shore as its final mooring. For more than 100 years, it has rested on this coast, returning to the sea bit-by-rusty-bit.â€ â€œWhat I loved about this moment was imagining the mystery cargos hidden In the hollow holds of this old traveler. There is a story here for everyone who lays eyes upon the ruins - a tale of a journey with a less than perfect ending.â€
Jeff Mitchum is one of the great American and international landscape photographers who rose to success in the recent years. He is often described as the â€œAnsel Adams of colorâ€ in the fine art photography world. Self taught, Mitchum is known for his compositional mastery and the keynotes in his work are the use of natural light and subject matter. His aesthetic is simple â€“ to capture the stunning beauty of nature and dramatic landscape and bring it to peopleâ€™s everyday lives.