Good morning, Good evening and Goodnight,
Where ever you are in the world? I hope you're well.
Things here have been a little quiet as I prepare for the biggest event of the year in Australian Photography, APPA 2017 starts Friday 25th August and is held over three days. Unfortunately I can't be in Melbourne for the judging and Gala Dinner but I will be live streaming the event.
A year ago I joined the AIPP and the journey I have walked since has been an amazing experience and I have gotten to know a number of truly talented photographers. I have developed my images and found the my true calling in the Urban Landscape.
I have spilled blood to get my images ready for this event, literally, slicing my thumb open whilst trimming my prints before mounting. Yes there is even blood under one of my images. I printed endlessly to perfect as best I could each image. My print case also decided to take a detour to Queensland before arriving in Melbourne a day late. Just to add the the stress this competition can induce.
Would I have it any other way?........ NO!!! Countless hours out Photographing, editing and printing have led to this moment. As an Emerging Member I am throwing my heart out there in three images. Three images I consider my best work. Three images that could very well define who I am or send me retreating back to the drawing board to start again. Yes there is a lot on the line, yes I have entertained the idea that mine are good enough to win Emerging Photographer of the Year. I am also prepared to fail.
Most importantly I will have learnt... I will have learnt how to assess my images, how to print for perfection, how to win, how to lose.
Because of everything you have read above I will have succeeded and to me that means I have won already. The Australian Professional Photography Awards are after all a celebration of the best in the industry and I am honoured to be amongst them.
Finally I must say good luck to all that have entered and I look forward to celebrating with the W.A. crew at the after party.
Stay safe everyone and I'll be back after the awards.