We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.
— Henry David Thoreau

I remember the first photo I printed that made me feel that I had created something that was truly my style.  

It was years ago, I was only 14.  I entered that photo in the county fair, my blonde haired cousin, then 3, standing in a windy field, the wheat blowing, a blank stare looking straight at me, holding a doll in her tiny hands while standing behind an antique cradle.  I won a purple ribbon, a feature in the local newspaper, and was overwhelmed by the response that I received.  People that I never had met knew me as the "girl that took the creepy picture."  I think my photo resonated with people because everyone tries so hard to cover up their flaws, tuck them away in a corner - but we forget that these flaws are what makes us beautiful, and photography has the ability to capture this raw beauty.