Trying to get out of the photo desert. Last year I entered my first three photography contests and placed as honorable mention in two Visionage (PDN/Olympus) and semi-finalist in Smithsonian.com during the last week of the contest. Now I'm waiting for the prairies to bloom, local car shows, and hopefully a new creative spirit to arrive. :badangel: I thought I was professional for a couple of years, selling stock and doing work on assignment, memberships in the pro associations and going to workstops and retreats.I loved it all. Now I just toy around with the idea of becoming a pro when I grow up (I'm already retired lol). Funny how a lack of income can ruin artistic flow. I really miss getting together with working commercial and editorial photographers. But they're in Chicago and I'm up here in the back of beyond.