I have encountered a situation that I'm not sure how to intrepret and I would appreciate hearing from others in regard to similar experiences, opinions, etc.
For the past couple of years I've been very fortunate in being accepted to most of the shows to which I have applied, some of which I thought I had very little chance of getting into. I try to keep my work fresh and introduce new work when possible. And, I feel my work has gotten better from year to year if for no other reason than more experience, exposure, etc.
However, it seems I am getting more rejections and wait-listings for 2012 than I've ever had before and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. With the economic issues we've all seen, it seems there would be fewer applicants to shows and, thus, less competition but this doesn't seem to be the case. Of course there are all the usual reasons why one isn't accepted to a show i.e. simply an inferior body of work; poor photos; large number of applicants in a particular category, etc., etc. But, as I said, I feel my work has improved, my photos are every bit as good as they've ever been if not better and , as near as I can tell, there has been no significant change in the numbers of applicants in my category.
So, I'm simply having a hard time in pinpointing the problem. I can only assume that I'm wrong and my work is getting worse instead of better. I intend to step back, take some time away from shows and devote it to making some changes and improvements in my work, get some better photos (pay attention Larry) and solicit opinions from you good folks.
I also have a real personal problem with the wait-listing issue. To me, that simply says, "you're not good enough to be in our show but we're going to keep your name in the hat just in case we need it". This is my own personal hang-up but I can't seem to change my thinking. I would almost rather be rejected out-right than wait-listed.
I would appreciate hearing any ideas, thoughts, suggestions, comments any of you might have on these issues. And I would be interested in hearing from anyone who is having a similar problem with 2012 and what you think the reasons might be.