I was photographing a folk artist in Alabama and took a walk in his woods and saw a hand-carved sign he placed far away from his house that simply said: "Peoples loves to Wonder." He’s gone now, but his idea that curiosity and wonder lead us down a path to an unexpected place always stays with me. There are photographs in this assignment that transcend the technical and go into this world of wonder.
I came upon photographs of yours that made me feel what it was like on a warm summer's evening when a surprising landscape happened with a perfect human moment of abandon. You can almost smell what it feels like to be in many of these places. Aliens jump out of the bushes and a cityscape turns into an electrified visual pun. A woman appears to be floating in the clouds, and then you realize she’s actually underwater but you have to linger there until you figure it out. There were a few photographs of humans in unexpected juxtapositions, like the underwater photograph, but primarily the surprises were in landscapes, objects, animals, and close-up photography.