I was more than thrilled to receive an email on Friday with the subject heading of 'Congratulations' from The Center for Fine Art Photography. Ya see, I've been trying to get into a show there for literally YEARS! Yes, years!!! It became a running joke with me and some friends that I was cursed to never get a photograph in there. What could Hamidah possibly have against me?? I'd only heard wonderful things about her, so why would she purposely thwart my efforts? That could be the only explanation right? That I'm somehow being intentionally thwarted? After awhile, it became a mission, a mission I tell you, to submit to everything that was suitable for my photography and I received one email after another saying...'Thanks for your submission, but'....Argh!
For awhile I gave up. I didn't submit anything for ages. The doldrums set in. I wandered listlessly around the house....shuffling my feet as I walked, because that's what sad people do right? I was eating pizza straight out of the box, not even bothering to use a plate. My cats no longer wanted to be around me. They said I was bringing them down....yes, my cats talk to me. Don't yours? I almost succumbed to defeat, but when I saw the black and white call come up with Rodney Smith as juror, I thought, here's another chance! My last chance maybe. It's a call for B&W! If I don't get into this, I'll hang my head in defeat and move on. Low and behold I got in, with not one, but TWO photos!!! And one received an Honorable Mention from the juror!!! Hallelujah!!!! My made up curse had finally lifted and come to find out, Hamidah didn't hate me after all. Thank goodness, because she sounds like a lovely human being by all accounts.
Here's the moral of my story....don't ever give up on something you want and love and also, don't let rejection get you down. Sure, I'm sometimes disappointed. It's human nature, but you can't take it personally. Some will like what you do and feel a connection to it, but a lot won't. Don't worry about those people. They're not your people. Everyone has their own aesthetic likes and dislikes and it has no bearing on you or your creative talents. It also doesn't mean those people don't have any 'taste.' They have taste, it's just not the same as yours. Just keep doing what you're doing for the love of it. It may feel like sometimes everyone is getting into all these amazing shows or magazines and have all these wonderful opportunities coming their way, but you never hear about all the rejections they get. I get TONS of rejections! Of course I do, and I have yet to meet a photographer that doesn't have a long list of their own. I could certainly post about them, but who wants to read about a bunch of depressing rejections?
If you'd like to check out which images were selected for the Black and White C4FAP show, go HERE. It's a wonderful group.
Proof that it's not just you and I that get rejected. This talented artist made a book about her rejections!
IN OTHER NEWS
Check out CNN Photos on Wednesday, April 20th. My project, This is Boy, is scheduled to be featured, and of course I'm over the moon!!!
This is Boy also has a 10 page spread in the April edition of BARBARA. It's a German magazine, so download Google Translate if you can't read German. ;-) I received my copies last week and both Tharin and I were delighted. I had no idea what kind of magazine it was but it's along the lines of Vogue or Cosmopolitan....only German. And can I just say that Google translate is AMAZING. I suddenly felt like I lived 'in the future' when I used it. It blew my mind.
Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts. I appreciate each and every one of you! Have a beautiful day!!