I don’t enter many juried exhibitions but I make it a practice to enter one of the Center for Photographic Art exhibitions every year. I support the organization in many ways, and I do this to stay connected with them. I’ve been on the inside, and I’ve seen how arbitrary judging these things can be. Nothing against the judges — I think it’s the nature of the beast — but when faced with a slew of images, the overlap between those that juror A and juror B love can be distressingly small. There is usually a fair amount of commonality between the ones that two jurors hate, but the overlap is not extreme even there.
Here are the images that I submitted this year:
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If you hover over the images, you can see the — boring — titles. If you click on one, you’ll be taken to a slide show gallery. There are 8 from a series I’m just starting using the GFX 50S slow electronic shutter, and six synthetic slit scans from a period starting last fall and ending this spring. I don’t like to submit older images to these things. I’m not sure why. I hardly ever submit brand new work like the GFX pictures, though, because what I like when i start a series is usually what I like by the time I get to the end of it. That’s the case with these images; I’m already doing things I like a lot better, and it’s only been a few weeks since I sent the images in.
The CPA’s rules for these exhibitions is one image per photographer. Feel free to pick which one you would have chosen had you been the judge. Saying they all suck is also an option, but if you think that, please have something constructive to say, or I’ll throw your comment in the bit bucket.
I’ll post the image they chose in a few days.