Thursday 27th was a day of photographic ups and downs.
On the upside, the final version of my latest photobook, Footfall, was sent to Blurb for printing. I tweaked a few of the pictures and included eight new ones that I thought would add to the overall impact after reviewing a printed draft. I think it stands as a memoir of the lockdown days in the winter of 2020-21. I’ll post more details when the final printed copies arrive. Some of the photographs in Footfall have appeared on this blog under the heading ‘Walking’.
On the down side, I received the following e-mail from Jane Lloyd at Shutterhub about the ‘Poetry’ competition (see post 15th January 2021 ).
‘Thank you for your patience as the selection process for POETRY took longer than our usual calls for entry. I am sorry to let you know that your work hasn’t been selected for the Shutter Hub Editions publication POETRY. Due to the format of our printed publications we were restricted in the number of images we could include, and we received an extremely high volume of entries. It’s not a comment on your work or your ability – we were completely overwhelmed with entries and it’s just that we have to consider what works together in that format.’
This comes as no surprise and is only mildly disappointing. The brief was very open-ended with scope for wide interpretation; and I imagine that it would have been possible to make half a dozen perfectly good selections that fitted the brief from the submissions. The selection panel had a clear idea of what it was looking for in terms of both individual images and the overall form of the book. My pictures may have been very wide of the mark – I look forward to seeing the final selection reveal just how far off target I was.