So last year, I entered two pictures at the Big E – along with one of my yarn-embroidered burlap sacks. And as much as I wanted to enter another burlap sack project – I figured this year I would just keep things simple.
I’m allowed to keep things simple. It’s my blog and I can do what I please. Nyah.
A few years ago, the Big E limited their photography submissions to two total (three if you’re from Massachusetts and one of the entries is of a Massachusetts farm). So that leaves me with two entries. Let’s go from there.
The Big E also handles their photo salon in a different way than the other competitions in which I participate. Images are pre-judged before acceptance, due to the limited space availability at the New England Center (the home of the Big E’s photography competition). Also, the pictures are judged on the Danish scale, meaning that you’re earning silks based not on whether your picture is better than anyone else’s, but on whether your picture is technically and aesthetically proficient.
So without any idea as to what my pictures have done in other competitions, I chose two pictures to submit to Springfield. And they are …
MITTSU NO YUKI (三つの雪)
Essentially, I’m going macro with both of my entries. If there’s a chance that my three snowflakes photo can puncture through to Springfield, I’m going to take that chance.
AFTER THE RAIN
Again, this image is probably my best “natural” image this year. And if this works, it could open a new avenue for me in terms of macro photography.
Now I had thought about entering one of my burlap stitching projects from last year, in that my Eastern States Farmer’s Exchange did quite well at the Big E in 2018. But the rules for the Big E is that anything entered in the New England Center’s arts competitions must have been created during a certain time period, and the stitched burlap bags are outside that time period.
Now when I hear from the Big E as to whether either (or both) of these images make the cut, I’ll pass the information along in the blog. But for now, all I have are submissions. Not acceptances.
Not yet, anyway…
But we shall see.