Say what you want about voter based contest. Sometimes they can be nothing more than popularity contest. The person with the most friends wins, maybe the winning photo showed a little skin, or it was a photo of someone famous, regardless of the talent of other entries. It can be a little dis-heartening to enter your best photo into a contest and lose to a poorly taken photo because of the reasons I mention in the last sentence. These kinds of contest have their place. They can be a lot of fun as long you don’t take them too seriously. It’s interesting to see what the general public will pick, and sometimes the best photo actually does win. As an artist it is something that you should pay attention to. Often times it’s the general public who will be buying your work.
When you tear it down to the brass tacks, isn’t popularity what were all after anyway? Our society thrives on popularity; it’s the way of the world. Why would we take photos, create art, or even write blogs if we didn’t think someone, somewhere, would like it. Of course we do these things for ourselves first. It’s all about the passion to create something, or capture a moment, or whatever. When we’re done, we want people to enjoy it. We want to be known for what we can do. The world would be much less colorful if we didn’t. There are different kinds of popularity, and we all strive for some form of it.
Ok, now I’ll cut the crap and get down to business. The reason I’ve written this post is because I have entered a photo in a voter based contest. I didn’t intend to at first; I’m not a huge fan of this kind of things and usually sit them out. My friend Steve at ZombieFX had recently created a steam-punk zombie that he wanted to show off, so he talked me into it. It didn’t take a lot of talking, once he told me what he had; I was too intrigued not to be involved.
Voting started Wednesday, and will last until the 22nd. The model in the winning photo will be crowned Miss Zombie 2011 at the Fort Collins Zombie crawl, and many accolades will be bestowed upon the photographer. Since I have entered the contest, I would like for that to be me. I ask of you loyal reader, and those who might have stumbled upon this blog to please go vote for my photo. It’s a Facebook contest, so all you have to do is click on my photo and then click “like”. Share it with your friends, family, and neighbors. Hell, scream it from the top of the tallest water tower. It will be good for you, good for me, and good for America.
Have a nice day.