I entered my first photo contest last month, and I was rejected. The photograph is splendid enough that I know I would love it hanging on my wall in my home. And, perhaps someone else will fall in love with it at my next show (no dates set yet).
I’m not as upset as I’d expected I would be by this. I guess it’s because I know it’s not personal. Not everyone will love my work. And that’s okay. My goal with photography is not to make everyone happy. I capture what looks beautiful to me, and hope that it can bring a smile or sense of joy to others.
In other news, I’ve sold more prints! And, I got an unsolicited compliment on my photography from someone I admire. I think that’s better than winning a contest any day:)
Coming soon: I’m working to set up an Esty shop just for holliwithani.com – I’d love to sell more prints and get my work out there. I chose Etsy because it is a marketplace of millions. After looking at my stats on this site, and the stats to visits in my “crafty” Etsy store, I can see I need that kind of exposure. There are some sleek services to sell your prints directly on your site (they take care of the printing and shipping even). But, for now, I need a bigger marketplace than this blog:)