When you pursue some skill that you love you reach a point where you wish people to take notice no matter how shy you are. When I first joined the RedBubble, a photography website out of Australia (far away where no one knows me), I thought it would be a good source for feedback from professional and amateur photographers to help me grow. I was most naive. I posted a comment about how there was so much praise and no suggestions for change and improvement which was met with deadly silence! As the months passed I submitted a few very veiled critical suggestions to others and they were taken with a grain of salt. But I also noticed some very angry discussions unbecoming photographers when I perused other sites and journal entries. It became clear to me that some artists have very sensitive egos and do not appreciate critical input. Fortunately I was never on the receiving end of this, but I would not have been dismayed, and just accepted that I had bruised someone's sense of self. Thus, I realized this was just a site to post and wait for praise or silence. There is one venue for input from others, but it is somewhat complicated for me to figure out how to post the photograph for review so I have only posted one or two items!
I have entered contests on this site which are primarily set up to stimulate membership and have over 100 features of new work or photographs that have been selected for top ten praise in challenges that are put forth by volunteers hosting the various groups. Some of these groups leaders are professional photographers, so I am honored in this selection.
I have submitted photos for free for publication and been rewarded. I have not won any of the local contests to which I submit. I have sold a few photos as greeting cards.
Some of my readers of this blog are artists. They write, paint, take photographs and feel comfortable that they are a perfect fit into the artist mold. They are not intimidated by anyone or do not show it. I, on the other hand, have a tiny ego in this world of the artist and see myself as a really struggling persona. (Please note, I am not a shrinking violet and do NOT have a tiny ego in other areas of my life.) While I love the praise my readers send with love on my photos and my prose and poetry, I never really feel as if I deserve it. I accept it as encouragement and a pat on the back from a loving parent, but not recognition of small genius...which we all would really love.
Okay, what is my point in this long, self-involved post? I have recently been selected as a feature artist in a small (very small) online journal. I do not know what is expected. It seems to be not an interview but more so a write up by me of who I am and a selection from my works. The surprise for me is that I have only entered two works into this group that selected me...others I have entered dozens. I was told not to worry about that! So, please wish me luck and tell me how you would get in the mind set of an artist for this!