I had always seen online challenges and competitions like ViewBug and Gurushots simply as an inexpensive way of assessing how good (or bad) an image is. I use 500px and Flickr in a similar way. However, it is the challenges that are often useful in pushing photographers to think outside of the box and, in my case, to actually get out there and see what the world has to offer based on a specific subject. This is something that I want to do more of this year.
However, sometimes these challenges have you rooting through old photograph folders and catalogues and today was no exception. One of Gurushots’ latest challenge is entitled ‘Abandoned Places’ and this had me heading straight back to my Bodie photographs that were taken during my Californian road trip early in 2015.
I had already published a couple of images from that collection but felt that they were nothing overly special. Needing a few more images to make up the full complement of four needed for the challenge, I took another look at what was on my hard drive. I did not really expect to find too much, but I was really surprised and pleased to find six brand new images to process slightly and then to choose from.
They were published a couple of hours ago and they have already launched me from the lower ranks up to the Premier tier and to position 149th out of 2,238 positions currently occupied. I hope that I’ll climb much higher overnight and I’ll be watching with interest.
I just goes to show, that revisiting your old photographs is something that we should all do from time to time. Not only does it remind you of distant memories and to bring you right make into that moment, but you just might find a gem that you over looked the first time.
Click here to see more of my images from my 2015 California road trip.