Last Fall I heard through the photography grapevine that a new magazine devoted to film/toy camera photography was in development (pun intended) and they had an open call for submissions. The theme was "the beginning" (fitting, for the first issue of a new magazine) so I submitted my shot titled "First Steps"
I've always loved this shot for sentimental reasons... this is G one of the first times she walked on the wet sand of Santa Cruz all by herself (wearing a dress that I made for her, as a matter of fact)
A short while after I sent in the submission, I received an email saying my image has been chosen for publication in the first issue of Films & Grains magazine!
I was excited to know it seemed to be chosen but didn't really make any big announcement, because I am perpetually brimming with self doubt. What if they originally picked my image, then somewhere down the line opted for a later submission instead? What if they sent me that email on accident? It's a brand new publication, what if the magazine didn't make it to press? My years of battling Murphy's Law told me to hold off saying anything until it seemed really for real.
Last night I received the official word that the first edition of Films & Grains magazine is now available for purchase online!
I have ordered my copy and anxiously await the Big Reveal of my first time being included in someone else's publication.
...presuming they didn't send me the acceptance letter on accident, of course.