It's been a while. Guess I just haven't felt all too compelled to write anything in the last four months. Well, it's 2015 and I'm still kicking. Most of the last few months has been pretty uneventful. For better or for worse. Now I'm finally at a point again where I feel comfortable with calling myself a photographer. There was a time when I felt like nothing I snapped a picture of was even worth the effort. It's not that I wasn't out there doing my thing. I just came home, looked at the results and was pretty disappointed. They just didn't seem up to par with what I'm usually capable of doing. It took me some time to re-evaluate my strengths and weaknesses. This was an important step. I concluded, that for the most part I'm a very experimental photographer. Looking at some of my older work made me realize that my output has always been hit-or-miss. I've never been the most sufficient on a technical basis. Most of my pictures are a little rough around the edges. But in some cases it works in their favor. Others seem to fall flat. The consistent factor of the whole process has always been my love for experimentation. I suppose somewhere along the line something made me lose track of what really made my work what it is. Now I've come to embrace both my strengths and my shortcomings alike. I love being out and exploring several parts of the city. I love its little crevices and hidden places. Lately I've glimpsed little fragments of the happiness I used to associate with acting out my hobby. A full recovery would be highly appreciated. And whatever it was that distorted my view and made my efforts seem worthless can go fuck itself. I'm back and here to stay.
Speaking of staying: There's one thing I've been noticing for quite a while now in regards to deviantArt. Is it just me, or is this place dying a slow but steady death? Groups become inactive one by one, forum posts aren't quite as numberous as they used to be and I'm generally receiving some pretty evident vibes of deterioration. Just two years ago, a Daily Deviation was well able to reach a thousand or more new favorites. Now DD-recipients are lucky if they get 400 favorites in total. While DD's are technically only random picks by the staff and shouldn't be taken too seriously, their exposure and overall popularity are quite representative of the site's state as a whole. DeviantArt is not quite dead yet, but somewhere on the horizon beneath a blood-red sun I can make out a ball of tumbleweed waiting for the call. But: I'm not going anywhere as long as there is an inkling of life in this place.
I've created an account on 500px for some additional exposure. So if anyone wants to check it out, here you go. I like it for the most part, but it didn't take me long to find things that I'm not completely down with. It's true that the overall quality of the pictures you see on there is top-notch, but there is also a lot of uniformity. Flicking through its browsing section one encounters many images that are technically immaculate, but way too similar in concept and character. I've found some works that I genuinely love on there. On the other hand, there are many that are nice to look at, but not all too inspired in their approach. But hey, the design of the site is pretty sweet and pic-resolution is really something.
Regarding current artistic projects: I'm searching for people that would provide their likeness for some Silhouette and Chiaroscuro concept shoots. Some of them might turn out to be reminiscent of some of my street-shots but the thing is: It's way easier to pull these off, if you got someone who is helping you out. You can tell someone to stand in certain position. This way you can use the light better to your advantage. Hope it works out.
Well, that's pretty much it. I'm gonna get myself some sleep now.