This Sunday, July 10th at midnight submissions for ArtWalk 2016 are due. It’s a deadline that I’ve always struggled to make.
ArtWalk, held on the second weekend every September, is in my mind the preeminent art festival in the Okanagan Valley. Around six thousand visitors attend this 3 day event in Lake Country, B.C. They have the opportunity to view and purchase works of art from artists of all genres.
Photography at ArtWork is a juried exhibition. I’ve successfully passed the jury’s test five of six years since 2010. This will be the seventh year I will have entered. During the year I identified images that I think I might like to enter. In the final weeks before the deadline I begin my screening process to ultimately determine the images that I will submit. In all but one year I have been lucky enough to have one or more of my images sold.
This year I will be submitting three images. I’ve been working on each trying to ensure that the colour, texture, tones and depth within the image are as I visualized them when I captured the image with my camera. Viveza II and Colour Efex Pro 4, Photoshop plugins from NIK software, have been extremely helpful in developing my images. Once I have them finished I will post them to my blog.
On another photography front, I am one of three official photographers for the Pickleball Canada National Tournament to be held here in Kelowna this weekend. While I am involved in the tournament as a player, my time off the courts will be devoted to capturing the action and colour on and around the courts. I love playing pickleball and photographing sports so this should be a fun filled weekend.
On July 24th I will be attending Image Explorations 2016 in Shawnigan Lake, B.C. for the fourth successive year. Essentially, it is a photography camp at the Shawnigan Lake boarding school. Geared for professional photographers, serious amateurs are welcome. Participants choose courses that best meet their needs and interests. Four and a half days total immersion photography is so inspiring.
I know that my photography has improved by having participated in Image Explorations. And I’ve been able to meet and interact with some amazing artists. Many of them like me are repeat attendees. It is an understatement to say that I am looking forward to this year’s version of Image Explorations.
The image above is one of two that I submitted to my first ArtWalk in 2010. I found this old bicycle near the town of Cormorandal on the north island in New Zealand. It looked as those it had long since been abandoned. The textures and colours were amazing. To my great surprise this image, Lost Relic, and the other were sold.