Friday, August 31, 2007

Competition and Coolness

Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition -- in having put forth the best within you
Henry J. Kaiser


Well I did it. I took a chance for my first gallery competition outside of the school gallery that I showed in. I entered a triptych of color images entitled "Childhoods End" to a gallery where I live that is holding it's annual show. It's 105 degrees here today, unseasonably hot, so I wasn't sure if the sweat pouring off me as I entered the gallery was from the heat or nerves, probably a bit of both. As an experienced set of photographer friends told me, it's not what they think, but what you think that ultimately matters. These friends have had photos in major shows and rejected by others. In detail, a photo that won first place in one show was lambasted in another. So it is a subjective as well as objective process. But I loved the images and some friends who are objective critics thought they were good, so we'll see. What matters is I'm starting to take the chances and joining the competition.

It's going to be hot all weekend with potential record setting heat. I took this the other night of the full moon. It reminds me that coolness is around the corner....

Some Zen cooling, Lisa Lynne, Levi Chen et al, "Celtic Zen":

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