Changing time.

Time. It’s really all that we have.

The changing of seasons reminds us of that. In some places it sort of comes like a knife slicing through butter. In other places, it lingers for weeks until it finally sneaks up on us. The leaves are gone. The air turns cold.

That’s what this picture is about.

One day my dog was sniffing in the grass. The next day she couldn’t find the grass. Now the leaves are gone. The grass is brittle with cold. Some grass is dead. Some is hardy and will make it through most of our kind of winter. It doesn’t smell the same to her.

I don’t have the sense of smell that she does. But, I can see. That’s what I do. I see. I react. I push the button. I come back to the studio. I try to help you to see what I saw. To feel what I felt.

Sometimes I’m successful. Often I’m not.

That’s the way it goes.

It went that way for me yesterday. I received an email from the folks who run the black and white contest. If you recall, I offered them one of the best pictures of my career. The black and white version of Big Queen speaking to the media with photographers surrounding her. I’d like to report that it won something. But, no. It wasn’t even considered for anything. One of the best pictures of my career wasn’t good enough for anything.

What does that say about my career?

As you know, I’m going through some soul-searching. Some of it is about technical issues like websites, blog sites and how to best access my archives. Some of it is about me. My work. My continued work. It is true that I have earned a good part of my living from my pictures. I always wonder if I am sort of a fraud. If it came too easy.

A few days ago I mentioned that writing this blog on a daily basis came easy to me. I talked about my mental and emotional practice. It may come easy because it is all worthless. Often, the trial of doing anything equals the quality. Maybe, I’ve been fooling myself. And, you. Maybe not.

I don’t know.

The black and white contest posts the winners today. I’ll have a look. Maybe I’ll look and laugh. Many of these contests are popularity contests. Some are not. We’ll see.

Oh. One more thing. If I want to make WordPress the sole provider of my work, that’s easy. A few mouse clicks and I’m done. I’m done with Squarespace and GoDaddy. What remains to be seen is if I’m able to turn Storyteller into my commercial site with the blog as part of that. I’m very capable of learning. I believe life-long learning is the key to staying young. It may even curb dementia. On the other hand, I don’t want to be forced to do anything. I’m too old for that silliness. If I have a choice between learning to code for WordPress and — oh let’s say — playing the guitar, the choice is fairly simple.

By the way. Spell check wants to turn GoDaddy into Gordy. Hmmmmm.

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2 Replies to “The Brink of Time”

  1. With all due respect to veteran judges & photo competition winners (see? I put in a disclaimer first!), especially in the last 5-10 years, I honestly don’t understand what the criteria for successful images are any more. Especially with the sheer volume of images out there… I will be the first to admit that yes, my experience is very limited/green compared to others (but does this not apply to everyone as well?).

    I understand & appreciate these things get awfully subjective, but ideally (in my perfect world) even if an image is not what you would consider “your” cup-of-tea, if it is a good image, then should be acknowledged as such. Everything seems subjective to an extreme nowadays. And as you mentioned, “popularity” or those with more internet exposure seem to fare better in many cases. But what goes on behind the scenes, I suppose those outside the inner circle will never know.

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    1. There were actually two sets of winners. One was the popularity contest. I never stand a chance in those. I don’t have enough followers on any social media except for WordPress. The other was judged by experts. Some made sense and were actually looking for photojournalism. The others were selected by people like gallery owners. I knew I didn’t have a chance when one wrote “I don’t know what it is, but I like it.” After looking at it, I thought it was a black scratch on a white wall. Huh?

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