November 20, 2015 #010 Beacon NY
I completed a number of submissions last week:
I used the same set of ten images for all six submissions. It took me most of the week to get what I felt were the right ten images together. With only ten images to work with, it is hard to present any kind of story arc, though that is what I chose to do. It was the hint of a story arc really. Creation, Adam and Eve were themes floating around in my mind as I assembled them.
The other approach that I could have used would be to present ten images that were a typology. Similar subject material treated in a similar way. I have the images for that possibility, but I find it less interesting and not really representative of what I am doing.
My work benefits from the presentation of multiple images. I rarely submit to anything that limits the number to less than ten, though I will be submitting eight images for a New York State Foundation for the Arts Photography Fellowship due in a couple of days. For this submission I will probably go the typology route. I tried pulling a couple of images out of the ten from last week but it didn't work.
I am not sure the ten images I put together work either. I am having my doubts as I revisit them. Not quite "what was I thinking" doubt. More like "I tried something and it was the right thing to try, but it didn't quite come off" sort of doubt. Maybe I am preparing myself for disappointment. If I think I screwed up then I can't expect too much.
You can view the images I put together here. What do you think? Compelling set or not? Successfully developed story arc or not?
Yup, climbing the mountain is like that. The choices you make succeed or they don't. The good news is that there is nothing life or death about this situation. I will be able to try again. And again. And again. As many times as I believe are warranted.