What a moment to be on a ‘Best Of’ list……….Film Photography Blogs that You Should Follow.….. That’s a Real Win, and non-distracting. I’m on the list, so I don’t have to keep trying to BE on the list. And I made the list for Blogging Here, not on someone else’s site.
I’ll take that as a sign that Untangling myself from needless social media distraction is right direction.
Above, three recent but very different images that I had submitted to an online Gallery. Two are very recent, but the Apache Plume is from about 12+ years ago. So what does that say about my photography skills, style and personal vision. Keeping in mind that vision and style are not synonymous. These represent different styles, but I think a similar vision in regards to how I see the light and what attracts my eye.
All of these images received a similar ranking (details here). That soul destroying ‘Special Merit” category that keeps you wanting more. So what does “special merit” mean anyway? Have I not progressed at all in 12 years? Or are my interests and vision not the current hip and trendy thing? (I think the latter) So I’ll get recognition, but never actually win a contest? (One of my recent submissions is going to be published in a book this year. But that’s another story……..). And what is winning?
My middling success for a while sent me down “The Rabbit Hole” as I discussed recently on my photo diary. So I’m reflecting, reorganizing and redirecting my energies. At a recent Personal Vision Workshop with Cole Thompson, we discussed how winning can actually be a setback to the progress towards understanding our personal vision; leading us to pursue the WIN rather than the VISION. Small rewards can seriously sidetrack real goals and personal accomplishments.
Who are you making photographs for? Yourself or the win?
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View from the Visitor’s Center
We begin the New Year viewing landscapes from a recent trip to southwestern Colorado, starting at Ute Mountain Tribal Park:
My “Roots” being a love of many thing, but especially Landscapes and Urban Landscapes(including interior spaces).
The Stairs and Ladders were an interesting Architectural Diversion. But, felt a bit forced. I don’t think I’ll end up making a book of them. At least not for a while, because I still haven’t fully captured what I’m looking for.
So here goes, what I enjoy the most:
Photomerge Panorama of 4 – 35mm images from my
Canonet G-III QL Rangefinder
Looking at Theme #2 For the Personal Vision Final Book:
Blank Pages and Break for Final Section………..