Whelp, after entering into a photography exhibition in January and not having any of my photos being picked, I am back at it and entering into another exhibition. I’m not going to lie after not having any of the photos I entered into the last one not be picked was kind of a bummer. I know that competitively it was really tough, but being a competitive person and “failing” was hard for me. I understand that I didn’t fail or anything like that and that it’s better to have done it then to not have done it at all, but not having any of the six photos I entered not be picked, after taking the time to pick each photo carefully and believing that I can get into this exhibition, it was a bit of a let down (not to mention it topped off a very terrible couple weeks I was having at that point and time in my life).
But after receiving an email from a lovely friend and amazing watercolor artists about a new exhibition coming up, I decided to try another go at it. Because after all, this is what I want to do, this is what I love, and if I let one little exhibition put me down then clearly I’m not ready for the real world of photography.
After taking days to carefully choose the photos to be entered I decided I needed a little help choosing. Part of me wanted a second opinion from the public and wanted to see which ones they found pleasing to the eye and a possible “wow” reaction out of them. I added an album to my photography Facebook page and asked if everyone could help out and “like” or comment on the top ten photos they like best. Everyone was a HUGE help and I thank you if you were among those who voted!!
After everything and taking in the ones with the most votes, I also had to use my own judgment and go with the ones that I loved the best, because in the end (not to sound greedy or like a child who is a toy hog) it is my exhibition and if I feel as though I should/ wanted to enter a certain photo, but everyone else liked this another one…then I wouldn’t be doing what I want or going with my gut feeling or even growing into a person who can make the difficult decisions and trust themselves.
You have to trust what you do is going to be right, and if it’s not right and you do fail well, in the end you learned something from it and you do it again. But if you continue to go along with what everyone else likes or wants and makes decisions for you then your not putting yourself or your personality into what you do. You might as well not have a personality or have a thought/ opinion of your own since it will just be the thought/opinion/ personality of someone else. I hope this all made sense!
I know that if I don’t get into this exhibition, it’s not the end of the world at all. That just means that next time (yes next time) I’ll have to try again and not stop! I’m not going to say I’ll change something like my style because why would I change the style I like because I failed at an exhibition? But don’t worry I’m stopping here, I’ll save that for another topic.
I now award you with a new photo of the week AND one of the photos I chose for the exhibition!