It’s one of the signs that our world is returning to some semblance of post-COVID normalcy.
I just received word that the Iowa State Fair, one of my locales for my annual “Competition Season” of photography, WILL indeed operate in 2021, and they’ve already sent out a call for entries for images.
And I immediately started picking through my photos that would have been part of a 2020 Competition Season – yes this one, yes that one, no not that one, oh boy this one. And I’ll surely be doing this for the next five weeks, since I can’t mail any photos in to Iowa until May 17th at the latest.
I have had some success at Iowa in the past; my splitfilm photo The AGFA Bridge Over Ansco Lake garnered a blue silk; while my themed photo What the Grasshopper Saw snagged a third-place ribbon.
Now, of course, there is a special theme category this year, which for 2020 – er, 2021 – is Shadows. But honestly, I’m not thinking that far ahead. I’ve got images that still need some love here.
Perhaps there’s a shot from 2020 that I can use. Maybe even one from this year.
Oh, who am I kidding? I didn’t take that many photos in 2021.
Not yet, anyway.
Because once this second dose of Pfizer finishes coursing through my bloodstream, I’m planning a photo trip. Yes I am.
And another one after that.
Trust me, the fact that one little competition at one little State Fair has suddenly sparked and piqued my interests again …
This is good. It’s hope. It’s desire.
And I’m already looking at six different photos (including some that were earmarked for Iowa last year) for my four-image limit.
Truly … let’s make this happen.
I’m going out to eat this week with three friends I met in 1958.
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