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How good?

I read that you should enter photo contests. There’s a long explanation/argument that it will improve your technique. Ok. I have not entered any contests. I read. And I experiment. For me it is mileage. The pleasure is mine. I am not constrained. I am free to shoot as I please. Good? Bad? The other good is about whether your work measures up. Does it matter? Yes, if you are entering contests. Win or lose means good or bad? If you lose, you did not measure up? Ha ha. Drive yourself crazy. For me it’s still mileage. I’m not winning awards but the quality keeps me happy. I do better than snapshots and less than fine art. And there is no one to tell me what art looks like. I’m / we’re having fun. Eh? (One more parenthetical thought: When I learned to ski, the instructor spent the entire lesson “hitting” on the girls. No more lessons. Mileage. I just skied and got better and better. I never won a race. But, then, that was never the point, was it?)

2 responses

  1. Many years ago in another lifetime, I was a working graphic designer and professional photographer. Lots of published work. Lots of awards and recognition. But not much money.

    In fact, so little money that I eventually had to change careers so I could get myself out of poverty.

    These days? It’s all about the enjoyment of it for myself and nothing more.

    June 16, 2021 at 7:36 am

  2. Agreed! I had a day job. It was a job. So, I enjoy photography as strictly an amateur and count myself as the photographer in the family. It works for me too. Enjoy!

    June 16, 2021 at 2:05 pm

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