So. What lessons have been learned you ask? Well, many.
Go slow. Read the fine print. Be thorough. Make sure you understand the guidelines given, and stick to them in your submission. Take more time to think about your idea/s and help “flesh” them out. Do NOT put it off to the last-minute. (I’ve always been a last-minute, under pressure type of girl. High school assignments were usually done the night before they were due to be submitted.)
You may have guessed by now that I didn’t win the trip to Africa to take photos. As bummed as I am, (it would have been AWESOME!) I am grateful for the inspiring experience and all of the lessons I have been faced with. I say faced with, because I obviously haven’t learned them yet. But I am. And I will continue to do so.
The main reason I think I messed up was because I chose to do a montage of images for 3 of the 5 photos required in the photo essay. Also, I could have taken better images, more suitable to the brief. But I didn’t. I left it to the last-minute, then rushed through it so I would have something to upload by the deadline. (That’s the problem with deadlines – if it was a personal ongoing project I would be able to chop and change and allow it to be a whole lot more of an organic process. But it wasn’t. Get over it.)
The positives: I have learned about myself. More about myself than previously known. I am going to work on these things. I have started a blog. Regular writing that’s not just for my eyes only. I have inspired myself and piqued my own curiosity (and hopefully the curiosity of others.) I have gained confidence in the knowledge that if you want to do something you just have to do it. One step at a time. In the direction of your heart. Be real with yourself and follow your dreams.
“Allow yourself to be drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray” – RUMI