Judge, Jury and Executioner

An Artists of the Arbuckles Gallery staff member prepares to place ribbons on items I selected at their spring photography show.
An Artists of the Arbuckles Gallery staff member prepares to place ribbons on items I selected at their spring photography show.
It was a beautiful day for the short drive from my home to Sulphur, Oklahoma to judge a photography contest at the Artists of the Arbuckles Gallery.
It was a beautiful day for the short drive from my home to Sulphur, Oklahoma to judge a photography contest at the Artists of the Arbuckles Gallery.

A long-time-ago photography student, Royce Gideon, invited me to judge a photography show at Artists of the Arbuckles Art Gallery in Sulphur, Oklahoma. I had no idea what to expect since photography is consistently inconsistent, but I had high hopes.

I drove down Thursday morning and had a look, and found myself in the midst of a some fairly amazing work. (I won’t show their work up close or say who won, since they are not my images. If you want to see them, go to Sulphur. It’s a nice little town.)

The judging process was pretty straightforward, as the staff made notes and placed the ribbons on the pieces for me. I discussed the merits of each winner and they took that down as well.

A reporter from the Sulphur Times-Democrat interviewed and photographed me.

One significant observation: more and more photographers are getting their prints on metallic steel about the thickness of a license plate. It makes for a handsome presentation.

Overall, I was impressed with the work and glad I could participate.

Photographer Royce Gideon makes notes about some of the image on display at the Artists of the Arbuckles Gallery Thursday.
Photographer Royce Gideon makes notes about some of the image on display at the Artists of the Arbuckles Gallery Thursday.
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