COPYRIGHT DEB ROUSE SCHWEDHELM
Well, it was time for a new Facebook photo contest. I wanted to do something different this time. I wanted a contest anyone could enter. So, I put out a call for people to submit their favorite photograph that they have ever taken. I figured everyone has one of those. Next step was to get a special "celebrity" judge. I asked Aline Smithson of Lenscratch to help me out. She's fantastic and was all for it!!
Thank you Aline, its a pleasure to work with such a smart and passionate person like yourself! We both put out the call and the pictures began to roll in...A Lot of them! It was awesome. So many talented photographers submitted their images. Aline and I took quite a while to agree on the winner. In fact, after hours of deliberation we finally selected two winners! The winners are Mike Peters and Deb Rouse Schwedhelm. Now lets get right to it!
This is Part 2 of "Your Favorite Photo" contest. Here's the winning photo and a short interview with Deb Rouse Schwedhelm.
Hi Deb, ready for the questions? Well, here they are.
What career did you think you would have when you were a teenager?
Having loved math and science, I thought I'd be an accountant or a doctor. When I entered college, I declared pre-med, but after getting a 'D' on my first test in psychology, I quickly decided that I wasn't smart enough to be a doctor.
What do you think your photographs would be about if you never had kids?
That's an interesting question. If I never had children, my life's path would be totally different and my best guess is that I would still be a full-time nurse. Sad but true, since photography is my absolute passion and I 100% believe that this is what I'm meant to do in life. But back to your question. My work would probably be geared towards street photography, striving to capture the quirks and the little things that most people miss. Once my kids are grown and out of the house, that's part of my plan--photograph as I travel with my husband, either by sailboat or RV. I want to live free, explore and document along the way.
What are five things about yourself that would surprise anyone reading this?
1. I was a pom-pom girl in high school and then went on to coach for two years. We were state champs.
2. I enlisted in the Army after two years of college because I wasn't sure nursing was right for me. They called me Private Benjamin.
3. I was a Registered Nurse in the Air Force for 10 years. I was a great Nurse but always knew it wasn't what I was meant to do.
4. Dreadlocks was my 40th birthday present to myself. I hope I have them for the rest of my life.
5. Rats, maggots and flies brought me photography seven years ago.
What is the grossest food you've ever eaten?
Some of the MREs I ate in basic training were pretty darn gross, but when you're in the field for a while and hungry, you'll pretty much eat anything.