It’s nice to get feedback (Big E 2019 edition)

Of the five “competition season” yearly photo salons, the Big E provides the most “judge’s feedback.”  Sure, I could track down a judge at one of the other events and ask him or her what he/she thought of my photos, or maybe a judge might check off a reference on a scotch-taped checklist. Since the…

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The big surprise at Durham Fair 2019

Road trip to Durham, Connecticut.  It’s my fifth and final entry for Competition Season 2019, and there are several storylines this time around. For this competition, I entered my macro dandelion photo After the Rain, along with two new entries – my photo of a distressed Grateful Dead-painted Volkswagen Beetle, Brokedown on Maggie’s Farm, and…

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A quick trip to the Big E

It’s Sunday morning and the Big E – the Eastern States Exposition, the largest fair in New England – opened its doors. I needed to make a road trip.  Plus, I needed to test out a newly-acquired film camera. Road trip to Springfield. A few things to remember when going to the Big E.  First…

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My entries for the 2019 Durham Fair are …

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 –…

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And off to the New York State Fair we go …

Syracuse on a Sunday.  I can do this. Today is the day when I find out how my artworks – four photos and three crafted projects – did at the 2019 New York State Fair.  Truly I am a creature of habit.  And truly I have superstitions and routines when I visit any site at…

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Altamont Fair 2019 photo results…

I changed up my routine this year.  My routine for the first day of the Altamont Fair is to drive over to the Fairgrounds as soon as I possibly could (the second after the clockout whistle blows on my day job), and then eat a meal at Josie’s on the Fairgrounds, and walk into the…

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My 2019 Altamont Fair entries are …

So here’s the deal. The Altamont Fair opens today. And in 2009, I entered my first photos in the Fair’s Fine Arts competition. It wasn’t until 2011 when I earned my first ribbons for my work. by 2013, my photo of an Icelandic sheep, The Jumbuck, picked up my first Altamont blue ribbon.  That was…

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The New York State Fair postcards o’ doom are here…

I knew they would be in the mailbox. The postcards o’ doom. All with postmarks from Syracuse. Nine entries – six photographs, three artworks.  Nine little postcards, each one representing nine acceptances or nine rejections, or any combination of the same. Over the past few years, the postcards o’ doom have been a veritable albatross…

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My 2019 Big E entries are …

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…

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My 2019 New York State Fair entries are …

Ten years ago, I entered my first pictures in the New York State Fair’s photography competition – and one of my pictures, a basketball shot called Action Under the Basket, took an Honorable Mention ribbon. Since then, I’ve claimed three second place ribbons and a first place silk, as well as several honorable mentions for…

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