Photo taken by Mitch Elder, a combat veteran retired from the USAF who has experienced depression, anxiety and PTSD. He lives in Oregon with his wife of 30+ years, and their two four-legged kids.
About this photo: “This is a recent image I made using my 4×5 camera. I found this spot along the McKenzie River Trail on a fishing outing one day and went back one early morning at dawn to photograph it. I call this “Where the Fairies Live.” I love this photo because it captures the primeval character of the spot. This place just feels like a location out of deep time. I’m quite sure this spot hasn’t changed much at all in the past several thousand years. It makes me feel young and connected to the earth. I planned this photo (like I plan most all of my images) with this feeling in mind. When I left the house that morning at about 4 AM I knew exactly where I was going and how I was going to set up my camera. It’s just such a thrill to get the images back and see that all that planning and work paid off – perfectly exposed.”