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Today marks my fifth year on deviantART! :happybounce:  
(Oh wow I completely forgot about that emoticon!)

I’d been a lurker for a while; the girl I sat next to in Photography A Level showed me her page and I was amazed by her underwater photoshoot - it all seemed so advanced from the rest of our indie/experimental shoots.

When I did join I submitted my A level work and to my surprise got two comments! I didn't really know what to expect – this was the first website I joined with a community, and I certainly hadn't expected comments so soon.

The art of book covering by annajordanart     A2 - Discord - 1.1 by annajordanart

A lot has changed in 5 years for the both of us – I am still coming to terms with how unwell I became and the things that happened surrounding it. When you spend so many years of your life just existing, it’s a shock when you start living again. “I don’t remember food tasting like this?” , “What is this feeling to go out and socialise?” , “Why don’t I want to spend my whole weekend at the computer anymore, and more importantly, what do I do instead?!”. The most difficult part, for me, is that I don’t remember as much as I should. I know that I pushed a lot of people away and as a result of my mental health; I have one person that I still speak to regularly from school/sixth form college. If you’re one of those that got shut out, I’m sorry, I still think of the happier times a lot.

Over those years we’ve had our ups and downs, and a fair few AFK periods. I’ve met so many people through deviantART; some who I will never forget. The devMeets, the hours of endless chatter during my volunteer time with other moderators, sharing ideas, examples of our adopted genres, and discussing the needs of our now-not-so-little community (and of course there are the things that can’t ever be unseen). But also I should not forget to mention, the rewarding feeling of watchers who would always comment on newly submitted pieces.  
London Picnic '11 by annajordanart

Comments in our community are so invaluable. There are the good ones, and the not so good ones, but both stimulate conversation and for people to connect which is, I guess, the idea of a community. My favourite thing to do on deviantART is to browse one of the categories that this style of art falls in, and find pieces I like and leave a comment – maybe even a favourite (and sometimes a llama badge!). I think if you’re a deviant and you don’t do this, then you are really missing the whole point of deviantART. I’ll never understand those popular accounts that never leave comments on other people’s work; it’s like buying a fully-furnished house and living in your car instead! I know that when the deviants that I look up to leave a comment on my work it makes me want to parade around the room doing a victory dance. And yes this has happened on a few occasions!

So if you’re one of those accounts, take five minutes today and just browse your genres gallery – you never know what you’ll find!

I do really enjoy the deviantART community, I’m sorry for going away for so long. Thank you for standing by me for all these years. My mind is slowly re-awakening to art and as I open those doors again, other, meaner, thoughts flood in too so it’s all a delicate balance of art, happiness, and keeping my job. Hmm that sounds like an art idea...



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hippiexbox Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
cool profile.
Do you have Facebook?
specialized666 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Professional General Artist
Amazing works, have a nice day :)
Kurraudea Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017   Photographer
You are so creative! 
holmanextremo Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
Outstanding works!!
greetings from Colombia!!!
noirbloome Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Your work is utterly beautiful and inspirational and I wish that I had some of the concepts and ideas that you have for my own photography work...absolutely stunning :)
smack-ART Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great gallery! :D
Catosan Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Photographer
Thanks for the watch Anna! :)
SRSmith Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014   Writer
Thanks for watching!
annajordanart Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Sorry it took so long <3
Night0Flower0Elf Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Thank you for the llama!
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