PHOTOGRAPHY: 2018 FINALS NIGHT (UPDATE -Results are in!)

This Thursday is the FINAL night of my Photography Club Yearly Competition. To get into final you need to come in the top six in the league, which I did – I came forth in the Non-advanced section. For the final you get to enter 12 images – 6x Colour and 6x Monochrome, and these are to be picked from your entries into the six monthly competition stages.

Here’s a VLOG, in which I go through the 12 images and give my thoughts:

Here’s my Monochrome entries:

Here’s my Colour entries:

THE RESULTS

Well, the long and short of it is that I came in last, which isn’t the ideal outcome by any stretch of the imagination. But it is what it is, and the night was great fun anyway – lots, and lots of belly laugh moments and great craic. The Club Members are very fine folk.

As for the actual scoring – Images that I hoped would do well didn’t, and images that I was in two minds about putting in – because I didn’t think they were great – did the best. My two best scoring images of the night “Silence” and “Skull Girl” were images from the very first month, which is interesting. Either I have gone in the wrong direction since, or my instincts of what makes a good image was better before I went through the competition process – or neither, and it was just how the judges went on the night.

There was a few suggestions that I should curb my weirdness a bit, and aim to make images that would go down better in competitions, and I think that’s great advice – if your goal is to do well in competitions – which I am not sure is something I ultimately do want as a goal as I am still very much in two minds whether doing these competitions are making me a better artist or a worse artist overall.

They have definitely changed me as an artist, and I guess it will take awhile to know the impact of that – positive or negative..

So, I am looking forward to the next few months with no competitions. I can just create without having to think about what a judge might think or how it would fair in a competition. Might be freeing, might make me less focused, and hard to know what way motivation will go.

I definitely haven’t come away from this discouraged or disheartened -confused and uncertain is maybe the best choice of words.  But, art…It’s a funny old game and no one ever said it would be easy. 

Onwards and Upwards!

 

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