By W Goodwin
Art Runner-up of the Inaugural Surging Tide Summer Contest
“Synthesis of love in a war zone” provides an emotionally-rich, evocative capture of a moment layered with both anguish and vitality. Given the fleeting nature of travel, this piece emulates the ephemeral emphasis of Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Through ephemera, W. Goodwin reminds us that our journeys consist of small steps and a strong heart—and always with the people we love. —Sophia Liu, Co-Managing Editor
I created "Synthesis of Love in a War Zone" in the Tora Bora region of northeast Afghanistan. This father and his sleeping daughter were traveling between two war-ravaged villages when I encountered them. I know neither of their names and, given the chaos in Afghanistan, I wonder if either is even still alive. This image was originally in color, but I prefer it in monotone.
W Goodwin is bound by blood to salt water and directed by mixed genetics to explore uncommon places and themes from a home base in Colorado. He graduated from UCLA (biology and English), undertook graduate studies in biochemistry, studied scientific photography at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, traveled the world, taught high school and university-level sciences, raised two children and founded two businesses. Their short stories and photography-based artwork have appeared in more than half a dozen literary journals.