Most of you already know this, but in case you haven’t heard – I submitted the above photograph to The Pioneer Woman. She holds photography contests about once a month and this time the assignment was “LOVE”. Since thousands of people upload their images, I really didn’t expect her to pick mine. I think it’s a great photo, but I wasn’t sure she’d even SEE it, much less like it.
Turns out she did! It was featured on Day Four, and has made the top fourteen! The winner will be announced sometime on Monday, so keep your fingers crossed.
In case your interested, here’s a little background on the photo. First of all, it was taken several years ago when I was a student at Portfolio Center. I actually shot it with a 4×5 camera. The sun was going down and I dragged my camera and tripod, along with an extension cord and a hot lamp. This was PRE-digital and 4×5, so I didn’t have the luxury of shooting a lot of images. I had 4, maybe 6 sheets of film, that’s IT. So I had to insert the holder, lift the dark slide, hit the shutter, REPLACE the dark slide, and turn it over to do it again, all while checking my focus under a dark cloth. It was a lot of work.
This image just happened. That’s all I can tell you. Since I was living at home, my parents were frequent subjects. As I was taking the photo, my dad decided to plant one on my mom, and she laughed. It’s been a favorite of mine since I first saw the negative. It’s been a favorite of all most everyone. Everyone except my MOTHER.
Oh well. Between the 42 people who look at this site and the PW’s regular readers, only 1,000,042 people have seen it.
I’ll let you know how it does. Wish me luck!