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Photographer Compiles Her Rejection Letters And Transforms Them Into A Book
By Yoon Sann Wong, 29 Jun 2015
New York-based still life and fine art photographer Dana Stirling has come up with a comical yet inspiring response towards the rejection she’s received over the course of her career.
Her new book, titled ‘Dear Artist, We Regret to Tell You’, comprises some of the rejection letters she’s received over past years from websites and competitions.
The handcrafted book contains pages made from color samplers purchased at Home Depot that fan out in a circle. Stirling had combed her email inbox for all these refusal emails and compiled them into a “Rejection” folder.
She mentioned to PetaPixel, “I made this book originally out of frustration and a lot of self doubt. I was getting so many rejections, that I started to question my work…It started as a goof, a silly idea about making lemonade out of lemons…Once I started, I realized that this is actually something that I should do for the benefit of us all. We all get rejected, but we never speak about it, its always hidden away. This book wants to celebrate my rejection, take in humor and maybe also inspire others.”
Getting turned down is something many people encounter and undoubtedly resonates across the photographic community.
“Rejection is a large part of life and of an artist[’]s life in particular…If we never got rejected, we would never push ourselves harder. We are artists–we can and should make art out of our successes and failures and treasure them the same way,” Stirling said on Feature Shoot.
You can view images of this project below and discover more of Stirling’s work here.
According to PetaPixel, parties interested in purchasing a copy of this handmade book can contact the photographer.
[via PetaPixel and Feature Shoot, images via Dana Stirling]
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