Last Saturday you could have found me curled up in the corner of Barnes and Noble pouring over all my favorite photography magazines. On occasion, I could be seen just shaking my head as I was thinking , dammit I need to be in this magazine..;) I was looking for inspiration, ideas and a tad bit of motivation. I even broke down and bought 2010 Photographer’s Market, something that I had been avoiding for years because it seemed so cliché. Well, I’m here to tell you the book’s not half bad. I mean it’s nothing more than a giant telephone directory designed for photographers looking to get their work recognized. The book ended up giving me a few ideas and motivated me to get off my butt and make some contacts. The point is, I only have myself to blame if I’m not doing the work to get myself noticed, and every once in a while I need a little bit of a reminder to get myself going again. Which leads me to the second part of today’s blog. I was really shocked at the warm response I received by many of you yesterday when I asked you to vote for one of my two images that I submitted to PDN’s Faces contest. I entered both of my images in the “ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITURE “ category. As you can imagine this category is dedicated to portraits of people in their usual environment. “Smoke Break” was taken in rural area of Negril, Jamaica and “Trombone” was shot in Jackson Square, New Orleans. I’m huge fan of PDN and winning the “People’s Choice” portion of the contest sure wouldn’t hurt my feelings, so if you haven’t voted please do so by clicking HERE. They do validate your vote by email, so that jokers like me don’t vote for our own images 1000 times over, but don’t fret… it only takes a few seconds to vote. Thanks again for the support…it was a nice surprise.
Stay tuned…because tomorrow I plan on doing my second installment of “Making of the image” with a focus on few images I took of the teardown of the very historic and infamous Cabrini Green housing projects in Chicago.