Just prior to leaving for the border, I received and shared with you a nomination for the Contemporary NW Art Exhibition Awards. I pondered over what to do with this nomination, as there wouldn’t be a huge rush or pressure while I was hiking the PCT, but there were a few other issues surrounding my decision and ability to accept.
I was concerned accepting the Nomination would turn the hike into work. I’ve never considered myself an artist until the later months of this project, when my focus was fully on the hike, and less on the photography. I’ve always intended to get an art shot of each gown on the trail, but the incredible amount of energy it takes to hike quickly left me drained of the ability to be able to put too much in the photo process until I strengthen by body a bit, which could take a month or two on the trail.
The pressure mounted in Idyllwild last week. April 25 was my deadline, I needed to have a resume, Artist Statement, and 20 photos to submit. All of these were in a box with my computer at a Trail Angel’s house on the other side of the mountain. I arrived just in time to accept the nomination, but it would have taken all of my time to resize the photos and do what was necessary to submit, and in turn I woud have had to abandon uploading photos and such for the hike… yadda yadda yadda…
So, long story short. I’ve declined the nomination, and sent the Author a letter of appreciation. This way I can focus on the hike, and not have to worry about what might come, because all in all… I just don’t know what lies in my future… and I like it that way.
Some decisions are hard to make… I’m glad the trail is here to help.