It’s been a good year

There are a lot of days where I work harder on photography than I do at my real job. There are some days when it seems silly and self-indulgent to spend so much time on making photographs, but there are other days (most of them, really) where I feel confident that I’ve found my niche.

There are days when other people seem to like what I do; it happens a lot here on the blog, where I’ve got a good community of other photographers that are supportive of what we are all trying, in our own fashion, to accomplish.

And then there are days when I get good news, that one of my images has been selected into a show. This year has been outstanding in that regard.

Artists of Texas – Rural Texas show
I got three images into this online show, and one of them was accepted into the top 25. All of these pictures were made in or near Spur, Texas, which is one of my favorite towns. The juror was Dion McInnis.

Red Mud Cemetery (top 25)


The Last Rotary

You can see this show here.

White on White – Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts
This show, the first-ever jurored show at Lubbock’s premiere fine arts center, was open to art of all types. I wasn’t sure how well photographs would compare with other art, but I actually have a small collection of white-on-white images, so I thought I’d give it a try. My image “A Certain Charm” was accepted into this show, which will be up from December 4 through January 23. The juror was Glenn Downing.

A Certain Charm 16X20 POLAR MATT
Davis Mountains State Park, Texas

High and Dry XV – Texas Tech University
This is my favorite show – it was the first one I ever got accepted into, back in 2010. This year, juror Miguel Gandert accepted my image “Sad Trailer;” this show will run from November 23 through January 15 at the International Cultural Center at Texas Tech.

Valentine, Texas


But here’s the thing: I know with absolute certainty that I couldn’t be having this kind of experience getting into shows without my blog followers, and the friends I’ve made here. So, my greatest thanks to each of you.

Posted on October 22, 2015, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. Congratulations on all of your show selections! I really enjoy your blog.


  2. Congratulations Melinda! Looking forward to seeing more…


  3. Congratulations. Fantastic work and well deserved.


  4. Wow! You are on a roll. And 2014 was pretty good as I recall. Very much desrved – you are getting better and better!


  5. Congratulations, I am sure you will do well 🙂


  6. Congratulations. Well deserved.


  7. All great photographs Melinda and I’ve enjoyed spending some time looking through them.. Lovely to get a view into Texas through your eyes!


  8. These are great shots! Congrats on getting them into shows!


  9. Melinda your black and white images are terrific! A technical question if I may: I am guessing you initially develop your images in Lightroom and then follow up with Silver Effects Pro, my question is do you also use photoshop?


  10. Congratulations, Melinda—and the year is still not over!


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