It is great that it’s a world of diverse opinions and perspectives in this world. But when you get the “skinny letter, aka a rejection on a submitted artwork,” it smarts a bit when it’s one of your personal favorites. I submitted it for the My Little Corner Of The World exhibit. Of course, one never really knows why something doesn’t make the cut unless they tell you, which never seems to happen. And it can have little to do with the piece itself. In this case, I do suspect that it’s the quality of the photograph. I have always done my own photography but recently I had a problem capturing a good shot of another piece and I think the problem is similar. They are each multi-media pieces with layers of fabric, some of which is see through organza; various textures in the same piece poses another problem for cameras that just aren’t capable of this range of detail. In this case there’s also some paint mixed in as well as transfers. Sections are meant to me a little out of focus as here with the Native American figure on the bottom right is supposed to be receding into the background and fading from view as a metaphor for what is happening in native cultures in general, yet I think that in the photo it appears to just be a blurry photo rather than an intentional statement. Of course, it may have nothing to do with why it was rejected, but I still have a problem to deal with because it’s not the only piece that been effected.
Perhaps I need to put those pennies away until enough of them accumulate for a new camera. Or I may stick to more straightforward materials until I deal with the problem because paying a professional photographer is not affordable for me. Then again, when I talked with Gwyned Trefethen about this subject she put out the idea of trying to set up a group photo shoot that might bring the cost down for a bunch of us. This sounds plausible to me. Meanwhile, I really do need to make an appointment at the opthamologist.
Linking up again with Nina Marie’s Off The Wall Friday Blog.