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Waipu’ilani Featured to Represent Show

12 Fine Art Photographers will be featured in the upcoming show entitled EVOLUTION. 
Waipu’ilani an image by John Enslow was selected to represent the show and will be featured in all the upcoming notifications.


Bowen Art Center
in Dawsonville Georgia
February 2nd- March 12th

“Evolution” is the title curator Jennifer Julian has chosen for the show which will be featuring 12 fine art photographers.  Evolution has two goals, one is to display the process and development of the artists represented and two to show that indeed photography is a fine art.  A listing with detailed information about each photograph will be available in hopes that you will ask questions and learn more about what makes photography an art.  John Enslow’s piece Waipu’ilani has been selected to represent this show.

This shot taken in Kaui, Hawaii was another “there at just the right moment.”  I was set up and taking images of a water fall in Kaui by Turtle Beach.  Then a group of guys came running down to the water and one jumped in.  He then proceeded to pose quite unaware of me.  I could not believe the shots he was giving me.  When he became aware of me I knew it was over.  These shots were about his enjoyment of the water and the moment and not about being aware of how he looked.

Waipu’ilani is a Hawaiian term that means heavenly blown waters, or waters from heaven.  This image for me symbolizes the radiance and beauty that emerges from the life that is lost beneath the waters from heaven.  That heaven directs the flow and the force and ours is just to submerge beneath the power.  From this surrender comes radiance and beauty.  When we fight and struggle we loose.

3 comments on Waipu’ilani

  1. Pauline says:

    Honestly, John, the photo meant very little to me at first glance. But after reading what it symbolized to you, went back for another look and was ‘lost’ for at least a couple of minutes.
    Some awe!

    1. John Enslow says:

      This one was to take an abstract feel, like the chairs. I get why you weren’t attracted to it at first. With the water analogy I always think of living stones too.

      As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[a] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:4-5

  2. Pauline says:

    Reminds me of creation – the new birth . . . entering the kingdom of God only if you are born of water and the Spirit! Beautiful picture of surrender, too. “When we fight and struggle we loose.” How true, John.

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