Christmas came a couple of days early this year in the form of an e-mail:
–“Dear Mr. O’Mara,
I graduated from Berry College in 2007. … I found your website and recognized your name and work immediately because I’ve seen it so often in the Berry quarterly magazine. I’m so glad I saw your site because I’ve always been a big fan of your work since I first saw the magazine. You capture Berry College so beautifully and now that I’ve graduated I enjoy your photos even more. I hope Berry will continue to use your work for years to come. I know this is really random, but I just wanted to let you know. Everybody enjoys fan mail, right? Keep up the great work and thank you for sharing it. Merry Christmas too!
It’s humbling to get such a note. Affirmation by your audience is rare. There is not a category of CASE award that could equal what this simple note means to me.