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:
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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