Discouragement and Disappointment

So, I entered all six of these prints into the Maryland Federation of Art show entitled Artful Photography  which is a juried show.  It was quite an intensive process, you had to select your images and say what the framed size was going to be (figuring that out ahead of time was tough), and price your work as it had to be available for sale.  

Notifications were sent out on Friday, and none of my images were selected to be in the show.  That's the hard thing about art, it is SO subjective.  I'm feeling a lot discouraged and disappointed. I have yet to be accepted into any contest: photography, scrapbooking or otherwise.  You read about all of these other amazingly talented people who are published right away, and their blogs are noticed online immediately and gather a huge following, all the while being married and having a perfect family, and have time to do it all perfectly too, etc.  I know instinctively life isn't perfect for anyone. but sometimes it sure looks that way from the outside.  While I am happy for anyone who makes it because it is really hard, I just ponder about what I am doing wrong.

There are millions of bloggers, photographers, and artists out there, and unless you can find some way to stand out in the crowd, you get buried in it.  That's just reality.  Maybe the mediocre middle is just where my place is in all the chaos.

I said I was all about putting myself out there this year, and I did, and it means getting crushed from time to time (or all the time) and talking about it here, because that's what I don't read a lot about is the times it doesn't work out.

This definitely didn't work out.  

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Love, love, love…I feel your pain in all the words you typed. I know what it feels like to try and fail, it’s about as bad as not trying and still feeling like a failure. What you do inspires me, for what it’s worth, and I believe the photos you take are beautiful and meaningful. You never know what the judges thought of your submissions, if they were just barely not selected or what happened. You are talented in more ways than you are recognized for and you do more with your creativity in an average week than I do in a year. I think that’s living life to its fullest which is worth more than any contest recognition. Now, I know it feels good to be recognized, but I just wanted you to know I think You Are So Much More.

  2. Karen, thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words. They mean a lot to me. I know you are right, and I’m not going to give up, this is just a bump in the road called life 😉

  3. Kathy, please don’t be discouraged – your work is breathtakingly beautiful. I’m inspired everytime I see your beautiful photographs. Keep doing what your doing and good things will happen I just know it. You definately have an eye for great photographs and the talent to go along with it. Many people try multiple times before their big break so don’t give up.
    Love you,

  4. Oops, I know the word “definitely” didn’t look right as I typed it.

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