Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Final Thoughts on the Photo Show

I think I ended up with somewhere around 175 pictures uploaded for the show? I was getting kind of tired and cranky and the end of the process and every time I tried to take a count I got a different number, and then finally decided it didn’t matter because I hit my goal more or less and I needed to focus on putting out other fires.

(Like the Sampler. That I appear to be significantly rewriting again because I can’t help myself.)

A few final observations on the Virtual BreyerFest Open Show, at least until the judging begins/happens (I’ll probably wait until the end of judging before I look at any of the results, just to keep my anxiety and/or personal outrage levels to a minimum.)

First, I was not expecting it to be quite that competitive, especially since the prizes are basically one-tenth the value of actual In-Person BreyerFest Live. This is not necessarily a bad thing: back in the old days of Live Showing (for me, the 1980s), the best we could hope for was usually a trophy and a fancy rosette. The competition was still pretty tough, especially in this part of the country.

(I still have all those rosettes, FWIW.)

So the possibility that others were also doing it purely for the love of the game is kind of heartening. Then again, the lack of reading comprehension skills I’ve witnessed on Breyer’s social media outlets does make me wonder what the expectations are as far as prizes go…

(... and also leaves me wondering what the Kentucky Horse Park is going to do with all those angry BreyerFest fans who will be turning up on Friday anyway.)

My dreams are modest, and small: I am psyched at the possibility of getting a padded envelope of assorted flats!

Second, my photography skills did definitely improve over time, but I still don’t enjoy the process. I have no idea if the exercise will translate into better pictures here either, because most of the time I don’t have the patience for it. I was especially proud of how the picture for my Man of the Hour turned out, though:

It just… perfectly captures what he looks like, why I think he’s special, and why others should love him, too. That’s everything I could hope for in a photo show picture, basically.

I also liked how this sassy little brat’s photo turned out:

I don’t particularly have high hopes for either, but I’ll find out Friday, I guess.

Third, I think this show might be persuading me to take my customizing more seriously, more than the Customs Contest ever could. I know the entrants here are not necessarily representative of the competition in a more normal setting, but I think I could be competitive and successful here, so that’s something I’ll definitely take into consideration when this week’s drama is all over.

Which brings me to my final point. I know it’s something that’s an uncomfortable subject for many in the hobby, so I’ll just put it the most gentle and euphemistic way possible: the show also bolstered my opinion that the upper end of the model horse economy is, in a number of ways, probably unsustainable in the long term.

I am glad that I have the resources that I do to be able to even compete, but I can definitely see why others get discouraged, especially in Collectibility classes. It makes me an all the more enthusiastic proponent of live shows that completely negate the Collectibility factor altogether and just focus on breed assignment and research.

Anyone who has access to a library or the Internet, and some spare time, can do that. And that’s one of the things that drew me in and kept me in the hobby all these years: I’ll probably never be able to afford the upkeep of a real horse, but by golly, with a little hard work and mad research skills I should still be able to show the plastic versions!

(And I’d still get to do tons of research which is, you know, what I am all about.)


OFonlyMe said...

Good luck! I miss being in KY and getting to see you! Looking forward to the sampler ( I have every one so far) that in itself is my accomplishment!

fabala said...

Yeah, I wonder how many people will show up at the KHP on Friday too...

Carrie said...

Honestly, most of the Michigan shows I have been to in the last few years either have separate Breed and Collectibility divisions, or just skip Collectibility altogether.

Kelly W said...

Many of us who focus on Collectibility showing seek out specialty shows like the FAMulous Collectibility Show which offer a more diverse classlist than BreyerFest Live. When models are double judged, like at BF live, there is not an opportunity for similar models to show together (ex. 1990's SRs with a quantity of 500-999). When this happens, models with historical significance are often overlooked in favor of the Hot Thing right now. In my opinion, the OOAK Section should also be split by decade rather than breed to split out true tests and early OOAK pieces with an interesting story from models specifically produced for the auction. That being said, it's always a crap shoot with judging, so I attempted to show a mix of models in the division. I don't want readers who are contemplating diving into Collectibility showing to become discouraged. BF Live is not representative of what all collectbility shows are like and I encourage people to see what's offered locally. There are shows out there where a bi-eyed Tumbleweed is appreciated, you just have to find them. Happy 'Festing! Kelly Weimer

TxMiniatureHorse said...

I LIVE for Collectibility classes! They showcase what I collect- vintage COLLECTIBLE horses!I love the new stuff but vintage can take my breath away.

Thank God the shows in TX are double judged.

Anonymous said...

Shows that leave out collectability cutout a lot of the hobby. I would stop going to shows altogether if collectability disappeared.