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As a photographer, you have to put your work out there – online, in physical spaces or both – in order to get noticed and help create a personal brand. Exposing your work leaves you prone to criticism, and quite possibly rejection. When a person or gallery rejects your work, it doesn’t feel good and may cause you to question the quality of your art. In some cases, this may be a valid concern, but in many cases it probably has more to do with not being a fit for a particular exhibit or project. The bottom line is that one person (or group of people) didn’t appreciate your work, or felt as though it didn’t fit their current physical or online exhibit. It is important that you do not take rejection personally, and that you continue creating art for yourself. As with many things in life, you must be persistent and keep pushing forward to create meaningful work 🙂

Suburban exploration photos that were rejected
10 “suburban exploration” images that I submitted to a popular photography blog, where they were rejected 🙂 Click on the image to see a larger version.

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2017 Maserati Quattroporte at the 2016 NY Int'l Auto Show in NYC
2017 Maserati Quattroporte

This past Friday, I went to the 2016 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center with a couple friends. It was the first time I’d ever been to the event, and I had a great time. It’s kind of overwhelming seeing so many cars (and people) in one place. I brought my camera and took a few hundred photos, the best of which are posted below ordered alphabetically by manufacturer. I have done my best to name the models correctly, but gladly leave a comment if you have any corrections or additional details. Also, feel free to share or publish the images wherever you like, but please make sure to include a link back to my website.
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One morning this past October, I tried to wake my computer from sleep and it completely froze – I couldn’t force quit or anything. I held the power button down to force shutdown, then restarted the machine, and saw the dreaded blank gray screen. This was cause for concern, as I had never seen anything like it, and knew something was seriously wrong. After doing some research online, I performed a PRAM reset (holding a combination of keys while I booted up), after which I saw a gray screen with a folder and blinking question mark on it. To say I was worried was an understatement.

Failed Western Digital Caviar SE16 hard disk drive.
My dead Western Digital 500Gb hard drive.

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