Lately I find myself becoming something of a nasty, bitter, devART troll. As I scan through the photography section, I frequently feel overcome by the urge to leave nasty, borderline abusive comments on deviations. A little of this has to do with my own feelings of inadequacy as a photographer, and a lot more of it has to do with the length of time I've been a member of this site. I signed up for a dA account over 10 years ago. I left for a long time and then came back, and when I did, my cynicism collided head on with the sea change of membership that had occurred here. One that mirrors the change in the internet from a simple source of information and pornography to one of dominant social structure. The huge swelling in membership meant a decrease in quality that almost sent me packing immediately. But I've come to the realization that there is still plenty of fantastic art. And that on my best day, I'm maybe, barely in the middle of the pack.
The real problem is that there is just so much. There are so many submissions that if a deviant doesn't campaign relentlessly on behalf of his or her artwork, very few in the community will ever see it.
Today I decided that instead of being bitter, I would be proactive. I'm making it my mission here and now to do the tedious legwork of sorting through the muck to find incredible photos that the community has missed out on. Each week, I will use this journal to present photos that have slipped by, according to the following criteria:
At time of publication, the deviations must have:
1) fewer than 5 faves.
2) fewer than 5 comments,
3) fewer than 50 views.
If this works out I will supplement with a weekly feature on one deviant whose gallery is being overlooked as a whole. Recommendations are welcome.
I need help to actually be able to help these underappreciated shooters, so if you come across this blog and see something you like, please add my journal to your watch list, and favorites so we can expose as many artists to as many deviants as possible.
And most importantly, when you see something you like here, fave and COMMENT ON the deviation. Lets get some Comment Karma moving around.
This week I have chosen to concentrate strictly on the Conceptual, Abstract, and Surreal categories, since, frankly I was playing catch-up and those were the quickest to get through a full week of. May expand search to all Photos in the future or may continue to jump from category to category... mostly depending on how many people actually catch on to this project.
Without further ado, the Photos of Week 1:
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