image that didn't do as well as I had hoped... 74. This one, however, received some very interesting looks from the judges and a very useful comment from @mgadventures
, who said she was intrigued by the concept and that I should pursue it further. Thanks fellow member of #TeamMel
I was Panel Chairing at the time this image spun around, and @garycranitchphotography
(a dear friend, though we'll soon see about that!) sat down after viewing this print, looked at me, made a face and shook his head. This is without knowing the image was mine, so it was innocent enough on his part! Poor bugger, I'm never going to let him live this down!
I was excited to enter this image. To me, it was unusual, it pushed boundaries, and everyone who saw it said it made them dizzy and hurt their eyes. I figured, that means it's working! It's getting a visceral reaction, and surely the judges will appreciate that. And I knew it would either do really well, or really poorly. Unfortunately for me, it was the latter and the judges didn't appreciate the headspin.
Either way, I'm actually still really proud of this image and love it! It's almost 100 layers in Photoshop, and was a technical challenge. I won't go into the detail of how I created it here, in case I want to use the technique again, but it was fun, boundary-pushing and made me a bit cross-eyed! 🤪
I won't lie, the 74 hurt on this one. But that's okay... it's part of the process of entering awards. If you are putting yourself out there and pushing boundaries, you are bound to be gently pulled back every now and again. Not everyone will share your vision. I've never been a great photographer, but I love playing with images and different techniques, and find the process of entering the awards so fulfilling and rewarding. I'm already working on my images for 2019!
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