Several weeks ago I started a portfolio on 500px, and recently my photos have been discovered by the viewers there.500px.com/jmbartphoto
I cannot describe to you all, how liberated I feel as an artist. I open my profile there, and post a picture, and I get to see it float to the top of their page. My photos are once again allowed visibility and I get to see them featured beside some of the world's best photographers. To see my work alongside the artists I admire is an incredible feeling.
Also, I realize how destructive DA has been to me in recent years. That I have let my creativity become stifled. I began to dismiss myself as an artist, I began to accept how I was treated in this place, and it is never good to accept bullying and abuse. I'd threaten to leave, and threaten to leave... but I felt trapped because I had invested so much.
Now I feel as if I have a new lease on life, and I can finally just ... breathe.
I have already chronicled my trials here at DA, no reason to go over it again, but ultimately I confronted DA about it in a series of emails, and it only caused the situation to escalate.
I don't know the person or persons at DA who is responsible for this. And, truthfully, I don't even care. They mean less than nothing to me. They ARE less than nothing, because the kind of person who would do something like this, is so small, so petty, that they should be beneath notice. In fact, in a way, I am grateful I don't know so I don't have to waste the energy it would take from my body to despise them.
Today, I am just grateful again to feel freedom to express myself as an artist, and to get appropriate reward and appreciation for my work.
For all the people who supported me here over the years, who paid for my DA Membership, who bought my prints, who drew, painted, and made digital art of my photos,who gave me feedback and favorites, and words of kindness and support, I thank you. You inspired me to do shoots when all I wanted to do is sit in my chair and watch movies while I put ice and lidacaine patches on my knees and ankles and shoulders. So, thank you for getting me out of that chair and allowing me to think that a few good pictures was worth the pain.
It was because of you that I stuck around so long, despite the untenable situation I was in.
I will hop in from time to time to support your work, and give you the praise and accolades you deserve. However, when at all possible, I will try to give you praise somewhere else on the net. In the comment sections here, let me know where I can find you at other places on the net, and I will support you there.
A few months ago I deleted some 1200 images, and now I will begin deleting the last 10% of my photos, but will leave a skeleton crew of pictures hanging in my empty house. Perhaps one day, DA will "clean up" their own house, and will no longer tolerate behavior like this from their staff.
Zedul has left the building.