Last utterance of a dying swan; final performance or activity of a person or artist.Ladies, Gentlemen, Deviants all;
This will be my last Journal entry here. I am leaving Deviant Art.
It's not a decision I've taken lightly, and there are a number of reasons behind it. When I first joined this site many years ago, it was a marvelous place with a great community feel. People from all walks of life would give honest and constructive feedback on works, and not just within the genre in which they worked. Photographers gave feedback to sketch artists, painters to potters, weavers to metalsmiths and painters. Sadly, that has all but gone.
The nature of the feedback has changed as well. There are some here who still give good feedback, but they're in the minority. Most people these days - at least as far as my own work is concerned - think a comment like "great tits" is enough. And I'm really tired of the private messages of people who want me to send them naked pictures of myself. Explanations to the point that I'm male, in my 40's, and losing my hair (along with a comment of if you really want shots of me naked, well...) are met with abuse for some reason...
The nature of the photography here has changed as well. While there are still some fine artists remaining, the selfie and soft-porn crowd seem to be taking over, and a lot of the good artists are going. There's a lot less Art in the artistic nude category, and that's the majority of what I do. Which leads me to my next point.
At the risk of inviting a little controversy, I've also found that there's something of a drought of models to work with of late. I have worked with some superb models in the past, some of whom maintain a presence here on DA, but in the main, I can't get anyone to shoot with me for some reason. Yes, I now live out of Sydney and just west of the Blue Mountains, but offers to cover travel costs AND meet model fees are met with deafening silence. Several models who have notations on their profiles like "all enquiries answered within 24 hours" or "all work offers considered" are the ones who are least likely to make any reply to an offer of paid work, it seems. And I don't mean simple shoots; a year ago, I got approval from MS Australia, the multiple sclerosis charity, to do a cheeky calendar shoot with the Kiss Goodbye to MS theme. No nudity, just some implied stuff with t-shirts and the lips or "Kiss" logo of the campaign here and there. I was donating my time and materials, and I offered to cover all travel expenses, incidental costs, lunch, makeup & hair for all models involved in the shoots. The work would have had State - if not national - exposure. I put my offer on three separate model forums.Not . one . response.
ZERO interest. I even contacted a handful of models directly. Nothing. No response.
So I'm calling it quits, at least as far as model shoots are concerned. I'm tired of the lies, the last minute cancellations, and the no-shows. Again, don't mistake me; there are some great models out there, and I've been blessed to work with some of them. But at the moment, the 37 last-second cancellations and no-shows I've had in the past 18 months has taken the wind out of my sails. Yep, better than two a month, including the one who asked for some travel expenses up front, then didn't show and deleted her profile and e-mail account. And all for offers of PAID work, PLUS travel costs and expenses.
I've deleted my Tumbr account, and am gone from all except one model forum. And that won't be there much longer.
To the many fine artists who remain here, I salute you. Photographers, photomanipulators, painters, jewelers, designers, sketch artists, potters...to all of you who believe in your art and are willing to share it, my thanks. You make the world a better place. I hope that you all continue to hold a candle of artistic light against the encroaching darkness of mediocrity and mass appeal that seems to be engulfing Deviant Art. Go show 'em how it's done!
To those who have followed me and my work, I humbly bow in the dust. Your appreciation and feedback has helped me hone my meagre abilities into something that I can now look at without flinching, and the friendship has been great. There are so many of you who deserve far more recognition than you're getting for your work, and I offer you my best and sincere wishes for the future.
In particular, to those who have been part of The Asylum Syndicate, thanks for some excellent times. May the madness continue!
I'll still be wielding a camera - how could I not - but look for me in the path of the sun, near waterfalls, old buildings, and in the marvelous landscape that makes Australia what it is. And please, if you see me, stop and say Gudday.
I'll leave this journal up for a week or so, but when it goes, so do I.Goodbye folks. I'll let Robert Frost have the last word from The Road Less Travelled...
"I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence;
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
- Warren B.