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I'm leaving

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 7, 2012, 10:15 AM
Will you share this on your journal?

Don't worry, Im not leaving Deviant Art totally but I have decided to leave nearly all groups, and no longer submit my work to any of them.

I have been thinking long and hard about this and I truly believe the lack of activity on here is due to groups.
Even I get annoyed at seeing the same image appear in my watch list many times - many groups feature the same image.

My thought process is this, if I want to watch an artist or models work then I will add a watch to their profile.
I do not see why "Groups" should get the credit (and watches) for featuring other peoples work.

OK, I know that by adding my work to groups then my work is more likely to be seen by a wider audience, but I already have 13,000 watchers of my work. Of them, only a handful every comment or fave my work.

I really do appreciate every comment that my watchers make on my work and make every effort to reply to every one.

Here are just a few of my latest fave photos: Comments would be very much appreciated.





to see some of the work unsafe for DA follow me on Tumblr - photoswithattitude.tumblr.com

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photoswithattitude Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well good luck -- I know my "hit rate" will fall but at least I know that those that do comment really appreciate my work
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CarnalConcepts Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was coming to a similar conclusion myself recently while pondering the value of the abundance of art. I think when your inbox constantly fills up with it, like it so quickly does with Monofacture, it lessens the impact of otherwise good work. I believe in quality not quantity. The Nazis that run these groups sometimes state laws saying they don't accept photomanips (which is fair enough) but then I find that they do. They can kiss my arse :)
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phydeau Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I feel you. Activity has become pretty stagnant since the groups took off. But at the same time, I've noticed that nothing at all happens with my deviations if I don't submit them to at least a few groups. And I have 1,000 watchers. I don't know what's up with that.
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photoswithattitude Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
People have either moved away or just got complacent about commenting maybe?
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Pola-444 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
What you say makes a lot of sense. On the flip side. I also watch select groups BECAUSE favorite artist submit stuff there and the group submits similar things. I think it's the volume of submissions some groups let through that is killing it. Maybe that's just me. Best wishes in all you do :)
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photoswithattitude Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not very good with words so I'm glad you understand what I was trying to say
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Pola-444 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
:D yeah it made sense. Seemed like you're perfectly fine with words :P
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darkmonkey78 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012   Photographer
I have followed your work for years now and I know in groups or not you will continue to draw people with your work, it was just the other day I was talking about your work with a few friends over on facebook.
You have always produced amazing work and I will recommend you whenever and whenever I can, your an inspiration to a lot of people.
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photoswithattitude Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
hey thanks - You dont know how good that makes me feel!
The majority of followers were with me prior to groups, so I dont think it will make too much difference?
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darkmonkey78 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012   Photographer
As long as you take photos your work is always going to be known fella, I use to live in HW and the talk of the town photography wise was you, and while I was working as part of the Henley regatta photographers I was looking at doing some studio/dungeon photos and your work was part of the reason I wanted to try it out.
I remember seeing a picture you did of Roodle and being blown away and if it wasn't for the confident factor I would love to be able to do a shoot like an of yours.
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