Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize

Do I have a chance?  I mean really?  That’s what I thought about.  Should I actually go through the process of filling in the info, paying the £30 fee, then make a print that would cost about the same only to probably get rejected?  Rejection is the name of the photographic game, so I thought to myself, just get used to it.  And send the damn thing in anyway.

Problem with the print I liked…I made it in the darkroom…old school…black and white.  I really like the print, however there is a spot on the neg.  In the print it’s a black splotch, on a bit of white.  And it looks like crap.  So I had to make a digital one.  Am I happy with it?  Well, no.  It could always be better.  But it’s my submission so it has a shot.  At least I got it in on time.  And when I got there, there were 2500 or so stickers there awaiting to be affixed to other portraits.  I imagine 50 get in or so.  Rejection city.  But it’s not Howard’s fault.  It’s mine for not giving myself time to submit the perfect print.

Howard Robinson in his store. He was a great sitter.

I’ll certainly let you know how it goes on my end.  Results should be back on or about August 22.  Now, on to who I think should get in:

Dennis © Freya Najade

That’s right, Freya.  I’m certain you’ll get in.  At least I think you should.  And I imagine that Laura Pannack girl will too.


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