We Serve Wayward Strangers at the 2022 Albany Center Gallery Members’ Show

Last year, I used a pack of Efke 820 infrared film and a yellow filter (along with my Kodak Medalist II camera, “Kodak Red”) to capture this creepy shot of the old Toll Gate Ice Cream parlor in Slingerlands. And if you’re wondering why this print is named We Serve Wayward Strangers, it’s a sly…

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The Big E-Durham Fair Double Dip, 2022 edition

These two fair photography competitions end my “Competition Season” for 2022. My eclipse photo As Seen From Screven County has already claimed three silks (including two first-place blues at Iowa and the New York State Fair), while my infrared shot We Serve Wayward Strangers has earned two second-place banners. Three other images were prepared for…

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The New York State Fair results, 2022 edition

My usual routine for the New York State Fair is to get up as early as possible, drive to Syracuse to get a good parking spot, and then enter the Fairgrounds. This year, I tried something different. Instead of driving out to Syracuse, I hopped aboard a Yankee Trails chartered bus. Different experience, to say…

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My entries for the 2022 Altamont Fair are …

If we’re talking NASCAR parlance, I treat Competition Season as a tour through the big tracks. The New York State Fair is my Daytona 500, the Iowa State Fair is my Darlington, the Big E is the Bristol Motor Speedway, and the Durham Fair is Loudon. The Altamont Fair, however, is my Martinsville. It’s tight,…

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So I just heard from the New York State Fair …

Long-time blog readers will note that during my summer-long “Competition Season,” I will undoubtedly mention something called the “Drive of Shame.” The “Drive of Shame” happens when, after the announcement of acceptances at the New York State Fair, I must make a trek to Syracuse and claim the rejected entries prior to the Fair’s Opening…

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The winning photos from Iowa, 2022 Edition

Some time ago, I received a postcard alerting me that two of my four entries to the Iowa State Fair were accepted, with at least one of them claiming an award. Here’s the postcard for proof. Yesterday, the results were posted on the Iowa State Fair website. First of all, as much as I thought…

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My entries for the 2022 New York State Fair Photography Competition are …

Last year, I finally obliterated the “Syracurse” – a portmanteau of “curse” and “Syracuse,” a personal concept that my photos were good enough for every other competition EXCEPT for the New York State Fair. Last year, that Syracurse ended, as five of my six entries made the walls of the Harriet May Mills Art Center,…

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Time to boost up my photography goals. Hello Watchung, New Jersey.

Listen, I’ve enjoyed a very successful photography run with state fairs and local gallery shows. Now I have a new goal in mind. At some point before I die, I want one of my photographic artworks displayed in a New York City art gallery. That’s right. I want one of my photos to appear on…

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The “Golden Ticket” postcard from Iowa, 2022 Edition

I know the postcard’s coming. It just takes an extra day or two to arrive. It always does. Let me explain. The Iowa State Fair’s Photography Salon is one of five spokes of my “Competition Season” wheel of photography. Last month, I submitted these four photos to Iowa for consideration. You know … just an…

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My entries for the 2022 Iowa State Fair Photography Competition are …

And Competition Season begins. I’m boxing up four artworks for the Iowa State Fair today, and shipping them off. I’m sending them early, just because Louis DeJoy is still Postmaster General and he’s been notoriously slowing down mail at the worst possible times. That also being said, the Iowa State Fair is very topic-specific regarding…

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