I almost pulled a Photo Regionals “audible.”

Well, it was delayed because of COVID-19, but the 42nd annual Photo Regionals will actually take place this fall.  In fact, tomorrow I drop off my three entries at Albany Center Gallery.  All submissions will be shown in a salon setting, then the best of the best will be selected for the regular Photo Regionals show afterwards.

The Photo Regionals is nothing to take lightly.  Over the years, I’ve submitted several artworks, but only three – my photo of an Icelandic sheep (the Jumbuck), my lenticular print of the four seasons in Corinth (Vivaldi’s Pond) and my dancing neon sign (Step and Pivot) – made the final gallery walls.

Now back in May, when I submitted my original application, I chose these three images as my Photo Regionals selections:

AFTER THE RAIN

I printed this on a metallic aluminum substrate.  The perfect way to show off a gallery image.

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.

And then …

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.

Between May and today, I had the opportunity, should I desire, to swap something out and replace it with another image.  And I thought about it.  Thought, thought, thought.  At one point, I was going to slip in a lenticular version of Broke Down on Maggie’s Farm, but when I framed up the lenticular print, the print looked too … shall we say … dark.  Not joyous or buoyant.

I thought about submitting some other previous winners that didn’t get a chance in previous Photo Regionals – photos like Washington County, 2:30 A.M. or The Cumulo-Nimbus Eclipse, or possibly 88 Minutes in Chinatown or Lane 2 or Romance on Gondola 23.  Yeah, thought about it, thought about it some more … no.

What about one of my macro shots, something like High and Tight (my superzoomed photo of the stitches on a baseball), or Mittsu No Yuki (my macro snowflakes photo)?

I have to tell you, I was thiscloseyesthisclose to swapping out Maggie’s Farm with the baseball photo.

But I’m bringing Brookedown on Maggie’s Farm anyway.  I need to bring my three best photos.  The ones I believe in.  The ones that I feel have the best chances to make a statement, an impression, a real “holy crap did you do that” experience with the judges.

So drop-off day is Saturday at Albany Center Gallery.

let’s bring ’em.  What’s the worst that could happen?  The images get shown during the salon and they go home afterwards.

And if that’s the worst that could happen …

Anything after that is a plus.