It's not often that I enter photo competitions, but this is one that I wanted to be part of.
The Spark Photo Festival is very similar to the CONTACT photography festival in Toronto. Both go on for an entire month. CONTACT in May and Spark in April.
I think it is a terrific idea to have such an event, celebrating the beauty that is photography in Peterborough. SPACE[s] is a Juried Exhibit, and is part of Spark.
I was intrigued to be part of the festival in any capacity that thought I could be, so the juried exhibit was the perfect fit for me; at least until next year.
If I had a decent body of work, and access to printing facilities in Peterborough where I could control the printing, and display processes I would certainly have entered the Spark gallery display component.
Starting off my involvement in the festival by entering the juried exhibit is the perfect first move.
Today was the last day to enter. Uncharacteristically, I waited until the last day to enter. That was fine, as it gave me a little bit of pressure to make sure I got the images just so.
I'm still a bit weary about handing over a disk with digital files, as it leaves me no longer in control. If in fact one or more of my submissions are chosen to be printed and put on display, it will be out of my hands, out of my control. Maybe that's the control freak in me. I don't think I'm alone in how I feel.
I made each image to be exactly what they are. Handing them off to a stranger to be printed just feels wrong; and it leaves me feeling uneasy. I don't know what the printer is thinking when they look over the image. I don't know if they will make any adjustments, and if so in what way.
Printing is an art in itself. Yes, I wish every day that I had a professional quality printer hooked up to my computer. I do not. My major purchase this year perhaps. I feel a fund raising campaign coming on.
Wish me luck in the competition, and please come out to see the Spark exhibits in April.
Photo-Artist working a personal vision.