The Durham Fair is my fifth and final entry in Competition Season 2019. And I’ve made a bit of an adjustment as to what I enter in this competition.
Please let me explain.
At one point in time, the Durham Fair and the New York State Fair’s photo contests shared the same submission dimensions – prints had to be 16×20 and foam-boarded. This allowed me to enter one print in Syracuse, and after Syracuse was done, I could turn around and enter it at Durham.
This year, because the NYS Fair changed their submission dimensions to 11×14, that leaves the Durham Fair as the only one in my summer-long “competition season” to have a specific exclusive submission setup. Granted, I could make a 16×20 print for Altamont, frame it up for Altamont, take it out of the frame after Altamont, and then reuse it for Durham …
But with the new size requirements – I now have the opportunity to try two different prints that weren’t originally earmarked for Competition Season 2019.
I am allowed three submissions, so let’s get to it. This year, for the 2019 Durham Fair, I’m entering …
AFTER THE RAIN
Of course I’m entering After the Rain. It picked up a sweet blue ribbon at Altamont. It made it to the walls of the New York State Fair, and picked up a ribbon there. Let’s see if we can keep this going.
BROKEDOWN ON MAGGIE’S FARM
This is a last-minute entry, and it may be Durham Fair-specific – an HDR construct that I hope captures the rugged distress and beauty of a vintage 1974 Deadhead-owned VW. I thought about entering an infrared print, or a magic motion lenticular print … but this one is just so simple and direct and dynamic, I’m going with it.
FIVE TICKETS TO RIDE DAY AND NIGHT
After I finished my Altamont Fair Ferris wheel exposure shot, I really didn’t want to wait until Competition Season 2020 to give this image some love. So let’s see what can happen if I enter it in Durham.
I shipped these off to my friend Robert Burger’s house – he lives near the Durham Fair and enters his works there each season. And by the end of September, I’ll do my two-fair “Big E – Durham Fair” visit, and hopefully I’ll see some sweet ribbons next to these pictures.
Let’s hope for good luck this trip!