So many usernames with struck-through fonts. So very, very silent here on what was once a lively and invigorating place. In the days between '03 and '05 there was always a great reason to load up DA: comments, notes, new deviations. All that changed of course, after the highly suspect coup by Spyed, who opened up the site to become, frankly, a solely commercial enterprise, and an over-stuffed one at that. While the site was small, we small artists had a great little community of friends, and their encouragement made us feel like we were artists of merit. Encouragement does that. But it's a harvesting site now. Look and go. I miss the old DA so much. Where are all the old friends? Gone or don't care all that much, especially now that they too are no longer encouraged in the vast mire of a billion files. My Facebook page has a few followers, and I like that more. My Wordpress blog has a few too. It's nice. Sure, they don't often comment there either, but I'm friends with a lot of them, and that makes things pretty darned sweet.
My wetplate collodion photography has become my life's obsession, sometimes to my detriment, but always to my enrichment as an artist. DA's rather hollow electronic file-space isn't a patch on the things I get to do during my real-world days. So I think it's time to get the most out of my waking hours, remove useless websites from my browser defaults, and concentrate on what I can honestly say is substantial, meaningful and rewarding. No offense to DA and those who enjoy the experience. But if you'd seen the 'golden years' of the site, and no longer see even a trace of them now, you'll understand my decision to move on.
My Wordpress site:
My Facebook page: