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TPS 26: The International Competition

Levelland, Texas
photographed 11.1.2014

Six. In a row. That’s how many juried photography shows I didn’t get accepted to. That’s six emails that I didn’t read past the depressing combination of “thank you for your interest” and “however.”

Today, I got one of the other kinds of emails, the ones I read all the way to the end! My photo “Some Illumination” was accepted into the Texas Photographic Society’s International Competition; Alison Nordstrӧm was the juror. The show will be at the J. Wayne Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, from May 18 through July 16; the show will have subsequent stops at teh Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene, Texas, and the Options Gallery at Odessa College, in Odessa, Texas. Stop by, if you can!

This was an exciting day


I got word this morning that my photograph “All Alone on Soledad Street” was one of 50 images that was selected for the Texas Photographic Society’s 29th annual Members’ Only Show. I’ve applied for that show for three or four years – this is my first time to have my work accepted.

The juror was Reid Callanan, founder and director of the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops; in an interesting bit of timing, I am shortly headed to the Workshops for a class, and I look forward to personally thanking Reid for choosing my image.

The show opens in conjunction with FotoSeptiembre USA at the San Antonio Public Library on September 1, and will run through September 30. If you’re in San Antonio then, try to stop by.

Thanks, as always, to my loyal followers here on the blog – you guys keep it interesting!

An announcement

I just received word that this photo – “In a ghost town, do ghosts go to church?” – was accepted into the Texas Photographic Society’s International Show!

It will be part of a 50-image exhibit at the Wittliff Galleries at Texas State University in San Marcos; that show will be up from June 1 through July 25. The show will then travel to the San Antonio Public Library during FotoSeptiembre and, later, to The Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene.

In a ghost town

photographed in Terlingua, Texas, 1.20.2013.

I’d like to thank Brett Erickson for his good advice on this image, which I’ve entered (unsuccessfully) into several other competitions. He told me that I should keep submitting it because the “right” juror hadn’t seen it yet. Apparently, Dr. David Coleman, of Texas State University, was that “right” juror.

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