when I signed up for the scavenger hunt, it was because it sounded like a good photography challenge. and it was all that, definitely. no question. it pushed me out of my comfort zone, got me thinking and planning and staging pics and doing way more photo processing than I normally do and... wow, that was fab! thinking, shooting and processing the stuff - that was just brilliant!
I sort of knew that there was judging involved too, but wasn't focused on that at all. Because, well... who, me? When there are nearly 500 people taking part, including people who are so way way out of my league - I just ignored that bit. I concentrated on the photography challenge, on competing against myself - doing my best, producing shots that I won't be embarrassed to submit, that's all.
and then we got to the "reveals" stage, where everyone's entries are posted to the general public and the winners are announced. And the first day we were doing "healthy" and I knew my entry was just good and not a winner, I could see so many other entries that were so much more awesome, and I was totally fine with that. no envy, just really being happy for the better entries that were getting what they deserved. And the same went for "hungover" yesterday - looking through the album I could see so many superb shots, mine was so obviously not in that league. Still a good shot and I'm happy with it, but not winning material.
It didn't cross my mind that there might be a day when I feel differently.
Today I feel it, I feel the hope and it's so very very painful. Not that I hope to win first prize, no way, but I'm looking at the album and thinking: yanno, I think my Embrace shot is really good and it could, just possibly, it could maybe get an honorable mention. And I won't know for several hours yet, and it's painful.
So for now I'm just kind of sitting with this feeling, looking at it and recognising that it's there. And I know I will feel some disappointment if I don't get anything when today's results are announced - no bitterness or envy, because there really are tons of good ones there and I think the judges will have had tough choices to make, there's lots of stuff that's really good quality there. I'm totally recognising that it's entirely possible I'll get nothing for my Embrace shot and that will be ok - but only "ok" in the objective sense of "it's perfectly acceptable that the delicious ice cream I wanted has sold out but..."
not a request for sympathy or anything really, just needed to verbalise this feeling, because it's kind of new to me and its taste is unfamiliar.
and it so reminds me of The Prisoner.
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