So there is this tree in the popular Washington Park near my house. I’ve always loved how one of its large lower branches snakes out over the lake. It looks so welcoming, as if beckoning you to come have a seat on it while you dangle your feet over the water and watch the day float by.
Rewind to spring of last year. I was learning how to use my new tripod, and I wanted to do a long exposure with some water to create that classy glassy look. I decided to shoot “the tree.”
When I processed the image, I liked it. But honestly, it didn’t jump out at me as anything extraordinary. Other people, however, seemed to latch on to it. “It’s one of my all-time favorites of yours,” my husband said. “Everyone in Denver knows that tree and has a memory of it,” a friend commented. And when I opened my Etsy shop earlier this year, it was one of the first images I sold.
So when I learned about a photography contest sponsored by the FANS of Washington Park organization last month, I went through my archives to see if I had anything worthy of a submission. I found the tree image. I was a bit hesitant, thinking the image was a bit too dark. I thought I’d try shooting it again, but realized I didn’t have time before the contest’s deadline. So at the encouragement of my friend Anne (an all-around charming person and a constant source of creative motivation), I entered the photo in the contest.
Well, I received some good news about that photo last week. I learned that my image, An Exhalation of the Time, was selected as Best in Show! A little shocked. A little dismayed. A lot thrilled! The award will officially be announced at the FANS reception this week and displayed at the park’s July 4th celebrations.
Here’s the photo (insert my my shock and awe alongside it).
P.S. Any Denver friends are welcome to attend the FANS reception with me. It’s Wednesday, June 12, at the Dos Chappell Bath House (in the NW corner of the park) from 6:00 – 7:30. I’d love to see you there!
P.P.S. Interested in purchasing this print? I’m offering 10% off any size of this image until July 31, 2013. Just enter code “HOORAY” during checkout in my Etsy shop.