The 42nd Annual Photo Regionals

Sweet lord, it’s that time of year again.  An opportunity to enter my best photos into the 2020 Capital District Photo Regionals, to put my work up against the best work of the best photographers in the area.

Recap.

After years of entering and failing and entering again and failing again … in 2014, my photo of an Icelandic sheep, The Jumbuck, was my first-ever Photo Regionals acceptance.  In 2016, my lenticular print of the four seasons in the Adirondacks, Vivaldi’s Pond, landed on the walls.  And in 2017, my attempt to redefine time and neon with the ultrawide photo Step and Pivot, made the short list for the Photo Regionals.

The Photo Regionals are hosted this year by Albany Center Gallery, and although there is some concern that the event would be cancelled due to COVID-19, apparently it will still be held.  And they want images.

I decided that one of my award-winners from last year would get its turn at the Photo Regionals, so I dusted off –

AFTER THE RAIN

Four ribbons, three of them blue.  Ride this horse till it takes you to the Old Town Road.

I then followed it up with two late-run entrants from 2019.

FIVE TICKETS TO RIDE DAY AND NIGHT

Five Tickets to Ride Day and Night. AGFA Clipper Special f/6.3 camera, Kodak Instamatic Gold 200 film (two rolls) and Kodak Verichrome Pan B&W film. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

This picked up a second-place in Durham, in its first-ever public showing.  I have to give it a chance in 2020.

But what do I enter for my third choice?

How about …

BROKE DOWN ON MAGGIE’S FARM

Brokedown on Maggie’s Farm. Nikon Df camera, five images combined in HDR construct. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Yes, I have to enter this Grateful Dead VW Super Beetle.

I know that all three images will be on display for at least a week (a full salon), then the accepted entries will stay on the walls at Albany Center Gallery for the remainder of the Photo Regionals’ run.

And you know what?  It’s nice to have a chance to get my artwork out there, one more time.  And even if the show has to be held online rather than in person, I’m good with that.  Safety first.  Let’s not sacrifice safety for entertainment.

So can a drenched dandelion, a vandalized Volkswagen and a fantastical Ferris wheel make the grade?

We shall see.