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The Camera In Your Pocket

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 28, 2014, 5:39 AM

Some beautiful pictures taken with cameras on phones. Enjoy!

jelly by animechild92

Twiglet by piratephotography

Happy Melon by Hesthea

Foggy Morning by kareynomer

Taiwanese Bus Commuter by bQw

Halloween 2013 by Evil-e33

pink by Savaliste



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Elemental [a feature]

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 18, 2014, 6:05 AM

The Earth, the Air, the Fire, the Water
Return, return, return, return...

- E A R T H -

-TIMELESS- Mud Men in Kyrgyzstan Salt Lake by yavuzozer
Tables Turned by 3feathers
Brain by panzer-Gulwen
The Water's Fine by itsnotrocketscience1

- A I R -

Fly by I-Am-A-Flying-Bird
Swing Beautifully by JakeWhiston
Untitled by verblenden
Wind by Lalwendee

- F I R E -

Body. Art. Movement. - Fire (Inferno) by ElleFX
Vanuatu Fire Dance by little-spacey
Fire 1 by Scribbletracks
Fire Hooping by Madame-Libra

- W A T E R -

Under water by DollK
Wash by necrooptics
Underwater 1 by MeghanaLynn
Girl Under The Water by jabrovc



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Flying visit?

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 8, 2013, 9:20 AM

I just posted my first photo here in for-bloody-ever. Even though I've been logging in regularly to look after group submissions and stuff, I've not really being dA-ing all that much over the last few months. Things have been busy, my muse took a holiday for a while, I've been inspired in other directions. Photography ideas seem to be finding their way back to me at the moment though and I'll share them here as they happen, however infrequently that might be due to a general lack of time for indulging artistic things at the moment. 

My message centre had reached that point where the number of things in it was genuinely terrifying so I hit the bad button and blasted it all away rather than procrastinate about dealing with everything that had built up in there since...whenever I last looked at anything other than group submissions. I suck. Forgive me?

My feelings about dA have been kind of caught in a drift lately. Even during the times when I don't visit often, I still think of this place as home. It's the place where I was first inspired to create artistic photography, where I've found lovely net-friends who I've been connected with for years since, where I feel like I can always return to and be accepted. For those reasons, it will always be special to me, as it and I change and grow.

I never really leave.
I just go travelling.
And I always come back

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Support for a friend

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 24, 2013, 3:15 AM

Yesterday my friend Nadia (bleedsopretty) had some very sad news following an extremely difficult time. Her father, who had been suffering from cancer, passed away. Her family have fallen on hard times financially and are struggling to pay bills and medical costs associated with her father's illness. They are also finding it tough to cover the cost of the funeral, so have set up a fund on YouCaring.com to ask for help.

If you are able to contribute anything at all to help Nadia's family during this painful time, you can donate via this link.

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Still alive!

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 8, 2013, 5:35 AM
It's been sooo long since I've done anything on dA apart from group admin stuff, so I just wanted to post something to say hi and let you all know that I haven't been abducted by aliens or anything. Life is super busy at the moment and although I'm still finding time for photography, other things are stealing my focus right now...like preparation and rehearsal for the Samhuinn Fire Festival in October (yay!).

If you have the desire to follow/stalk me, you can find me in the following places which I update a wee bit more regularly...








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Sometimes you will see things you don't love

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 16, 2013, 8:09 AM

Time for a bit of a rant. You know what I'm totally, utterly and completely sick of? People whining about having their entitled little eyeballs polluted with (gasp!) stuff that isn't to their personal taste while looking at the front page of dA. If you're one of those people, here's a tiny little violin, playing just for you...

Violin :) by thirteenday

I'm not talking about people who don't want to see Mature Content. That's cool. If it doesn't float your boat, you can filter it out of your dA experience by following the instructions in this FAQ FAQ #93: How does the Mature Content option work?

I'm not talking about people who want to filter certain terms out of their searches, cause you can already do that by making use of the helpful information here FAQ #577: How do I use the Search?

I'm talking about people who actually believe that while using a massive, global art website which caters to artists who work in different mediums and different subject matters, artists all over the world of all ages and skill levels, they should actually have some sort of right to demand that when looking at one small section of the site they should only have to see stuff that they personally enjoy. Maybe those people need one of these...

Blindfold 1 by syrinxfox

Seriously, please just grow up and accept that sometimes, you will observe, in passing, a small thumbnail of something that doesn't float your boat. Create your own viewing experience with your watch list, by browsing specific galleries, visiting groups with subject matter that you enjoy, searching intelligently, browing More Like This, even setting up channels if you want FAQ #45: What are Channels and how do I use them?

Nothing bad will happen to you if, for a fleeting moment, a tiny picture of a My Little Pony or an anime chick or whatever traumatises your delicate little soul, falls into your field of vision. Ignore it. Click on the stuff you like. Hell, avoid the front page altogether if you find it too emotionally draining to look at. There are MANY other ways to view art on dA in a way that DO cater to your individual taste.

Customising your own browsing and viewing experience is fun and it's also completely down to your own choices and preferences. It's ok to have those. It's good to have those. It's better if you can take responsibility for them and know the difference between what you can do to enhance your own dA experience and what everyone else should have to do to stop your whining. Demanding that dA customises specific areas of the site (which exist as an over-view) based on what you personally do and don't want to look at is ridiculous. Seriously.

Korra - DEAL WITH IT! shirt by a745




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Thoughts about community

Journal Entry: Fri May 17, 2013, 5:26 AM
Community is a word that is used on dA a lot. It's a huge part of the site and the main reason why I love this place so much and have stuck around for so many years, even when I haven't had time to indulge in my art or felt like sharing it for whatever reason. I've made true friends here who I care for deeply and can't imagine not using dA in some capacity to keep in touch with all of you wonderful people.

The thing with a community, in my opinion, is that it's kind of a by-product. I don't mean that in a bad or belittling way. What I mean is that you can't actually force a community to thrive, or even to exist. You can provide a context (like a website or a message board or a physical-world organisation) and tools (like comments or chat features online or a room to meet in for offline events). You can invite people to join in, encourage them to interact and even moderate destructive or negative behaviour but you can't make a community - it's something that happens by itself, through the involvement and passion of the people who create and maintain it.

Conversely, I don't believe that a community can be destroyed by the introduction of additional features to the context. For example, I've seen so many people complaining on dA (for the entire time I've been here, not just recently) that things like prints, merch and Points are killing the community. You know what? They aren't. Yes, they are additional features for people who use the site and yes, they generate (OMG!) money, but they don't actually prevent you from engaging with the people you care about, interacting with strangers, making new friends, creating and sharing art, commenting on, critiquing and collecting other people's art or doing all the other things that make this community what it is.

These additional features don't (or at least shouldn't, in my opinion) reduce your desire to be a part of the community that you create just by being here, being yourself and doing your thing. You may choose not to get involved with areas of the site that don't interest you, but they don't actually stop you from enjoying the things that DO interest you. We are not only more than the sum of our parts, but we are more than simply the context and the tools provided for us.

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No more DD suggestions please!

Tue May 14, 2013, 5:42 AM
As I'll be standing down from my CV position very soon, I'd like to ask everyone to NOT send me any more Daily Deviation suggestions please. Moonbeam13 has very kindly offered to look after Photography > Darkroom until a replacement for me is found. I will NOT be queuing up any more Daily Deviations so please don't direct your suggestions to me as I will not be featuring them.

Thanks :heart:


Big Traditional Darkroom Feature

Sat May 11, 2013, 8:05 AM
Before stepping down as CV for Photography > Darkroom, I'd like to shine a light on some beautiful images which were suggested as Daily Deviations but didn't have a chance to be featured for whatever reason during the last year...

Crying Raptor by 1-Liphorium ......... by InPluvia Angel Diptych by DustinPanzino Thigh High by Gettsie Solarized by XxAnimeWolfxX * by agatafotografia Hidden Series 4 by TheRockMonster Celeste by elultimodeseo Stools by JDigiacom0 gray mornings by InPluvia Mea Culpa by Les-Diables


Big Digital Darkroom Feature

Thu May 9, 2013, 3:44 AM
Before stepping down as CV for Photography > Darkroom, I'd like to shine a light on some beautiful images which were suggested as Daily Deviations but didn't have a chance to be featured for whatever reason during the last year...

dying city III by ra-gro Memories of summer by marjarah Least squares method by freMDartet grolimacon2 by shitpitcher The Pier by Vitaloverdose Summer Garden by KayleighJune HDR Photo 5 - Set 1 by blookz Winter blues by MikkoLagerstedt Inclination by IvanAndreevich Stack by clemlef Strange Light by busangane Corvus Peak by Miguel-Santos Art by Poromaa february tulip by BlauBeerKuchen Only In My Dreams by PHaarhus Transports by Petronille61 Img 6721 by Petronille61 1.12 by OliaRei week1: no more dreaming by cloe-patra Fiat Lux 3 by ha-rat-kiri 5904 by TomWasilewski Left Or Right? by SuperSnappz landscape by ElaynaTeos Recurring Reflections by insolitus85 Cactus sunset by cameraflou First Strike by aquapell


Taking off my hat

Wed May 8, 2013, 3:47 AM
It is with much love that I'm making this little announcement - I'm going to be stepping down as CV for Darkroom Photography within the next week. Due to a general overdose of volunteering over the last year (not just on dA), I've reached a point where I need some time for myself so am cutting back on volunteer responsibilities.

 I have a few notes in my inbox and will get any remaining DDs queued up over the next few days. Moonbeam13 has kindly offered to look after Darkroom Photography until a new CV can be put in place, so please send your lovely DD suggestions to her for now.

I'm not going to be vanishing from dA or anything dramatic like that. In fact, you'll probably see a lot more of my photography than you have over recent months since I'll actually have time to be creative again! Thank you all for your support and encouragement over the last year. It has been an absolute honour to be a CV for a second time and I've loved every minute.

See you on the flipside :heart:


Darkroom DDs: April 2013

Fri May 3, 2013, 6:22 AM
These beautiful darkroom photographs were featured as Daily Deviations in April 2013.

Palyacho by indajazz 1592 by TomWasilewski :thumb320101297: Bowling Alley by similomo the dreaming place by Moon-Willow Magical Day by manaphoto Jessica Drue on instant film by piratephotography Zenit - Melinda by misspelledink Maria SS Del Belvedere by PAMDavi Quiet Storm by KrisVlad Tossing Daddy by swiftmoonphoto Untitled by pieton she be there forever by MimusVitae thess (2) by DanPanPan Flamingo by kaiya880  Mm-1800 by HocEstCorpus Playing With Fire II by holly-acosta dreaming wide awake by mikroi Spot the Banana! by Ieatflowersforlunch RoseMarry Goodness by onixa




Beltane Fire Festival

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 25, 2013, 8:47 AM

Hello lovelies! If you're wondering why I haven't been around much lately or haven't replied to your notes over the last few days, here's why. I'm on the Board of Directors for the Beltane Fire Society, the charity who run the epic Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh on 30th April every year. Yes, 5 days away. I'm currently putting in upwards of 20 hours a week (on a voluntary basis - the entire thing is run by volunteers, which is rather amazing when you think about it) working for the festival on top of my actual job, so everything else in my life has taken a back seat, at least for the moment.

Normal dA service will resume soon but I didn't want anyone thinking I was randomly slacking off or ignoring notes or comments. As well as numerous other tasks and missions, I look after the social media and online presence for BFS. If you want to check us out online, you can find us in the following places...

Beltane.org (which currently redirects to our blog)
Twitter (our current hashtag of choice is #beltane2013)

Tickets to the festival can be purchased here if you want to come along and watch. I shall be clad in purple, hanging out at the green Contact Point tent on top of Calton Hill, manically uploading photos, Tweeting, Facebooking and doing all sorts of other online stuff on the night, as well as chatting to audience members and press, so come and say hello!




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Darkroom DDs: March 2013

Sun Mar 31, 2013, 9:56 AM
These beautiful darkroom photographs were featured as Daily Deviations in March 2013.

The Cold River by SindreAHN Erosion by dodadart tristesse d'automne by IrinaJoanne Balls by skyblue-13 Printshop stories by JanneO Untitled by SalvadorDewald znikam. by agnsun The Dance by CantPickaName735 
<da:thumb id="183092431"/> Seeing Double by angelstandingby towards dreamland by a-b-n <da:thumb id="355745944"/> Holga Black and White CHapel by newjuventud Dis-abled. by whitelightwings Emerald light by kil1k Pianoforte by graviloquence Fun Time In Our Secret Neverland by perigunawan Hypnotica by x9mmxtragedyx wrapped in piano strings by ashenweepingwillow Up by mutanteyeball 26400021 by YaprakKocak Buss Park by Mishkin-Rayman Memories by KosmioS Blue Madonna by alisinwonder Voyeurism by Cocytus-Crocus Runaway! by InstantPhotographer Bedtime by crazyovce Polaroid V by witchlady750

Darkroom Exposed: Instant Film

Sun Mar 17, 2013, 10:49 AM
Darkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.

Instant film is film which contains all the chemicals necessary to process and fix an image without the need to develop and print it after you take your picture. Chances are, when you think of instant film, you think of Polaroid and retro 70s colours. Fuji also make instant film, under the name Fujifilm Instax, and more recently, the Impossible Project saved the last Polaroid production plan to produce new instant film materials for traditional Polaroid cameras.

One of the beautiful things about instant film is that you can create unique, beautiful effects in your images even after the film has expired. Instant film also allows for intriguing processes like emulsion lifts, when you extract the image layer from a piece of film to place on another surface...paper, canvas, wood etc. You can also distress your instant film shots while they're developing to create unusual distressed effects.

Here are some gorgeous instant film shots from dA's Darkroom > Traditional > Instant Film gallery...

Trapped by Fladfisk

summer smoke by un-earthed

Continental Breakfast by tiganusi

Emily by InstantPhotographer

Field by Megalithicmatt


Darkroom DDs: February 2013

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 5:16 AM
These beautiful darkroom photographs were featured as Daily Deviations in February 2013.

 LQ by analogphoto 44848242 by DaBorgne Between Hands and Feet by SebastienTabuteaud Roche Abbey... by TheBaldingOne Year Zero. by nevermade The way to the stars by vbagiatis fisherman by norahomey Off Session by aldopz Fleurine by sophiaazhou Aquatic II by zoejanssen Lazy Afternoon by IMAGENES-IMPERFECTAS Auto by fabienbos farewell by i-see-faces Oktoberfest III by serapart Paris impression by vtakac Dreamland? by FinJambo Mother Nature by jessienilo93 :thumb350634306: Language of Heaven by CaptainBeyond Post office box surprise.img673 1 by harrietsfriend 00042 by Imanuell Volums of thought by Ilman-Lintu XXIX - double by DrunkSolstice It Is So Easy... by catch---22 Smudgy by Vividlens Libertad by Petronille61


The camera you never leave behind

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 4:58 AM
Inspired by Photography Troubleshooting: Which Camera Phone by Kaz-D, I asked some photographers to share images that they'd created with the camera that lives in their pocket - their phone! While a camera phone isn't exactly a substitute for a dSLR, it's often the only camera that most of us carry with us every day. Although your camera phone is probably more likely to be used for party photos and holiday snaps, there's no reason why it can't be used to create artistic pictures too, if you feel that way inclined.

It's all about knowing your tools and having fun! If art can be created with a plastic film camera with no viewfinder or a 30 year old Polaroid camera, surely a camera phone held by someone with an artistic eye can be just as valid. Here are some examples of gorgeous photos shot with a phone. Enjoy!

Bad side of town by eveningstars242

Azure Window-Malta by TitusBoy25

Lucy by piratephotography

You don't work, but you're pretty by thetaoofchaos

Imprefection by TiaVon

Droidography 008 - Beginning to See the Light by DpressedSoul

My Lucky Bench... by nihil-nihil-nihil

Grass rocks by ZRobert

Leave me to my paper by WolverineAC


Darkroom Exposed: Photoshop Filters

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 4:23 AM
Darkroom Exposed is a series of articles highlighting talented deviants, noteworthy art and helpful information all about the Photography > Darkroom gallery on dA.

This issue features images created with Photoshop filters (the ones found in the Filter menu at the top, rather than the colour-tinting photofilters). Half of you are probably about to stop reading and the other half of you are probably only reading in preparation to leave a ranty comment about how Photoshop filters can never look anything other than amateurish and a little bit crap.

So...I ask you to please observe with an open mind! Photoshop is, in itself, a digital darkroom, as well as a design tool and many other things too. Like any tool, it can be used with hideous concequences or it can be used with skill and expertise, resulting in lovely images. A hammer can be used to build or to destroy, depending on the intent of the person who is handling it. The important thing to remember is that, in general, no amount of editing will magically make a 'bad' photo into a 'good' photo. But with knowledge and practice, an artist can use the tools at their disposal to create pleasing results which fit with their artistic vision.

Here are some examples of that principal in action. Some are from Photography > Darkroom > Digital and some are from the other photography galleries, but all were offered for use as examples in this article by the people who created them.

hayley--jade used the Motion Blur and Sharpen filters on this photo.

MachinesBleedToo used the Blur filter on this photo.

Will you let the fire die down soon? by justanothersomeone
justanothersomeone used the Fresco filter on this photo.

ComfortableDistance used the Gaussian Blue filter on this photo.

Do You Know Why You're Here? by astrangeallure
astrangeallure used the Motion Blur filter on this photo.

just a little Brooklyn by CapnSkusting
CapnSkusting used a fake tilt/shift miniature technique (involving Blur filters) to create this image. He also wrote a great journal about the technique, including tutorials and examples, which you can read here: Things made small...

Books, love letters and film

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 4:30 AM
partiallyHere and RichardLeach have announced their second book, A Brave Unbodied Scheme, available for purchase though Lulu. DpressedSoul has work in there too, so based on the strength of those three deviants' galleries, you can be sure to enjoy some truly beautiful poetry and photography in the pages of that book!

fella is hosting a Love Letter contest for the month of February. Although it might seem that this is just a literature contest, it isn't - it's open to ALL mediums and you're encouraged to get creative with your expression of a love letter. The deadline is 28th February and you can find all the details here.

I love receiving Daily Deviation suggestions (yes, I do, in case I don't say it enough) but almost all the suggestions I get are for digital darkroom. I'd like to ask for your help in finding some really amazing traditional darkroom photography to feature to maintain the balance, so if you have a favourite traditional darkroom piece, PLEASE send it to me in a note so I can consider it for a DD (remember you can suggest your own work too).

Here's some lovely traditional darkroom photography to inspire you...


life has gone by LostOneselfDouble Fra by Robin-Bervini
I Can't Stop... by justanothersomeone
Reincarnation by niavaah




Darkroom DDs: January 2013

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 6:19 AM
These beautiful darkroom photographs were featured as Daily Deviations in January 2013.

Marina Sunset HDR by marc-ryder Extra portrait by AustinE15 Endless  Walk I by EmiNguyen Horror bath by TimothyG81 A dream of spring by Ester13 12211209. by AllieKatKrazy Self Portrait by ACBusse Steven Stories Bangkok by Drchristophers Gloves III by ZenSpy Occupy by Lydiapourmand last leaves of the fall by Writto napoli among vezuvio by uurthegreat 2012-13 by SmallFly bridge to dreams by DUN09 shine on me by miss-gardener Lille-Umination 1 by jeje62 The cow and the road by clemlef just raw reality II by Deutschr Target by Kleemass 1. Ciridian by Mishudo ghost town : 3 by pekipeki60minutes Ziggurat by FxSanyi winter solitude by Migrena tehe by love-dimitra N O   R E T U R N by seicke Someone's Nightmare by Tamakin #VI by atomboygirl Instant Stains by JillAuville :thumb349851944: Nothing left by ShesAllFuckedUp