It is always a great ego booster to have your work included in a juried show
and when you actually get a prize out of the deal it feels even better. The
true worth of your work often has little to do with how well it fairs in any
one given show or exhibition, however. Deep down we all know this but it is
so painful when our work seems to be unrecognized. I have had work included
in exhibitions in Europe and have had work not chosen for a magazine in the
US. I have won prizes at times and I have had work not been accepted as well.
So much of all of this has to do with the jury and what it may be looking
for, what it can understand and what just blows by them. Believe in your work
and keep that all consuming passion to create and explore. Stay in the game
for the long haul, one night stands are what they are, cheap pyrotechnics and
hollow thrills. The true measure comes with time; a long obedience in the
ps: Make sure that your slides are of the highest quality possible.
If you cannot photograph your own work well then get help or pay the
So often a jury has only a piece of celluloid and a few moments to judge your
If the slide is poor even a masterpiece can go unnoticed.