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Thoughts on Personal Vision

 

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?

 

 

7 Day Challenge From Twitter

I was recently Challenged by  to post 7 images, B&W, No explanations and no people.  Similar to the 7 Day Challenge on Facebook in January.  Try Challenging Your Photo Friends…

 

Mine have a common theme, although that is not required.  Can You Guess the Theme?

My 4th of July

With all the turmoil on the Border.  I’m not feeling much like waving a big flag, my usual post for American Holidays on my Photo Diary.  So I’m going Dark over there and posting a reminder about Internment Here:

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Revisit an History of American Internment at Amache, Heart Mountain and Manzanar.

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Sometimes the Mind is imprisoned, even though we the Body is Free….. Is Your mind Open and Free?  Or imprisoned somewhere?

Putting More of my work out there……

Just submitted to the 1650 Gallery Show….Blurry

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Today I’ll post the B&W….Monday the Color Entries………..

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Still time to enter (although maybe I shouldn’t invite competition?)

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Still Trying…….

Despite the obvious up hill battle to get into a show, I’m still working on it.  Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained!

This month’s submissions to C4FAP.org:

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Some you’ve seen before and some you haven’t………We’ll see what happens.

More Recent Submissions

Still haven’t heard from the Weston Collective……I’ll have to look up their notification dates.   In any case, I’m continuing my Gallery Campaign @ C4FAP in Ft Collins, CO:

Theme:  Illuminate

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Heart Mountain Relocation Center

In a world gone Crazy it felt good to post this week on my photo diary on a subject of social injustice…….

Here just a few of my Best/Favorites:HM_MountainCrop

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See More Here.