Well, the Sooke Fine Arts Show has come and gone for another year, and what a year it was!
The Sooke Fine Arts Show is a pretty big deal here in Victoria, people plan their vacations around this show! Now in its 27th year, it attracts artists from all over Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast. This year, 635 artists submitted over 1400 pieces, of which 261 artists were selected to show their 382 pieces of art. I was honoured to be included among those selected. Getting into this juried show is a big accomplishment on its own, and I was very excited to get into the show at all; the bar is always rising with more and more art being submitted every year.
Of the three works that I submitted, only one got in. And I am thrilled that it was my little tintype of a blossom. To top it off, it won the "Best Photography" award! And, to add a little more spice... it sold on the first night of the 11 day show!
It has been an incredible journey back in time to learn this antique, hand made, photographic process and it continues to lead me down long forgotten paths of antique photographic image making techniques. My passion for photography has been renewed.
Winning "Best Photography" with a tintype means so much to me. It gives me the encouragement to continue, to follow this path and to follow my passion, even if I have to travel back in time 160 years to do it!
I just need to acknowledge a few people that, without their help, this wouldn't have been possible. (sounds like an Oscar speech)
- Quinton and Diana of Luz Gallery, for your dedication to handmade, traditional photographic processes, and for holding the workshop that started it for me.
- Jody Ake, for your laid back, patient instruction of this process and for answering the questions that I send you on Facebook.
- Hailey Finnigan, for being my first model, willing to jump in front of the camera at a moments notice. All I had to say was, "Hailey, wanna do a tintype?" and you'd be there! You were there from the start and have seen the successes and the disasters.
- Florence at Art World Framing, you did a great job on the framing, thanks!
- and most of all, Eleanor, for believing.
Thank you all for your continued support.