I do think, occasionally. Recently with this Photographic Club thing I've been thinking a lot. About competitions - yup, I know, the lifeblood of the Camera Club scene. There are open competitions every so often (any subject) and there are the odd specialist competitions from time to time. The next one is 'Textures', There's also the Will McCrum Memorial Cup, which is all about portraits. I doubt if I'll make that one, though, since the deadline is early next week and I'm really not organised enough to get a print to Belfast in that time.
|Down by the sea in Portstewart the other week. Pretty calm, it was. The Square-Cam, on HP5/ID-11.|
As I said, Mr Karlsvik's post got me a-thinking. I'm not wasting as much film as usual these days. Has this, I wonder to myself, anything to do with the Club Thing? All I'm thinking about these days is 'Textures'. OK so a bit of a challenge and focus can be good, but not if it's all-consuming. And do I really want to go down the inter-club competition route at all? I mean, does the whole thing just get too competitive then? Perhaps that's the point! I'm comfortable doing the FADU monthly print exchange - I mean, there's no competition there...I send off a print of anything that I like, get some supportive comments posted online and do the same with a print I receive from another member in the post. All very friendly and it gives you a gentle nudge to get printing something every month. Maybe that's all I want. Maybe that's all I need.
I dunno. All this competition melarky. I see from comments on the Club's FB page how some people react to getting a 'Starred Print', or 'A Mention'. Fair play to them. I've lived long enough to know that the real competition is with myself - hence the low standards you see on this place. So I'm not sure how this will play out - probably I should just shut up and get on with it, grow the skin a bit thicker maybe. I'll keep you posted.