Yes.

Yes we do.

This was my first experience with the often-done “milk bath” concept. Took a lot milk and a lot of bath, but I think they came out rather nicely.

Thank you to mother and child for trusting me with their time and selves.

I was notified today that I received Bronze awards for my photo “Saturday Afternoon” and my latest entry in the “Most Sacred Duty” series for the PX3 awards in Paris.

Naturally any notice is nice, but last year I received a Gold award, so to drop to Bronze is a chance to reevaluate my work and see what I might have done better. Although it could have been a different jury. Art is so subjective.

But like I said it’s always nice to be noticed and the greater reward is being able to work with the people I do. I have great affection for all the children in these images and it is a privilege to be able to make such images, have such interactions, and be the subject of such trust.

The following were included in the series.

They say if you don’t enter you can’t win.

I wasn’t going to enter August’s Shoot the Frame competitions, but I did at the last second and…I won the “Shoot the Land” category for the month.

This comes as a surprise as, frankly, I thought the other images in the competition were all much better. I’ve been dubbed “a competent landscape photographer” but I don’t composite; I will edit to enhance shadows and color and perhaps adjust the cropping, but the images are largely what’s there. I don’t swap out skies or add other layers. Consequently I make some nice landscapes but it’s not my speciality.

Still, it’s an honor to be selected and a good reminder that if we don’t throw it out there it can’t stick.

You can see the rest of the month’s images here.

Also, funny thing, my entries for July, which I thought had just plain lost, must have been moments too late for July because the following image was a finalist for August:

Last week I received word that I had won an award in the first Muse Photography Awards. Imagine my surprise to find out I had not won one but SIXTEEN awards.

Stay with me, there’s a lot to unpack here.

I also won 3 golds and a silver with my underwater series of 8 images I submitted.

The awards, nearest I can tell, are best in category, platinum, gold, silver, honorable mention.

Now it’s true that it’s lovely to win but it’s a little suspect that EVERY image won SOMEthing. Granted, all these images I submitted have won some notice before in some capacity (I’m sure some of you are tired of seeing “Into Dreamtime”).

I suspect the plethora of notice is due to several factors, including:
1 – First time contest
2 – You can BUY real statues and paper certificates for your winning images
3 – My brilliant work : P

But seriously I take this win with a grain of salt. The blue ribbons that River of Dreams won at smaller local contests in Texas mean more because it’s clear they didn’t award every photo with something.

Still, it’s always nice to be noticed and maybe get some notoriety and fame.

So, here’s the spoils:

A week ago the editor-in-chief of “Don’t Take Pictures” contacted me asking if my image “Dancer’s Dream” could be displayed on their Photo of the Day page. I readily agreed and today it’s up in all it’s glory.

You can see the image here as well as many other most excellent photos of the days past.

The photo “The Lover’s Dance” was selected from 489 entries to be part of the Art Fluent online exhibition “Connection.” It’s a different piece in that I have two people, so it’s not part of the “Into Dreamtime” body of work, but it’s still a lovely image and I’m pleased it has a chance to be on display again.

You can see the full show here.