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It's the time of year for reflection. I know that so many want recognition in our time so much so that they'll do anything for it but I wonder how many are concerned about recognition when they're gone?

I want to be acknowledged in the here and now but I want to be remembered when I'm gone so much more. Right now I shoot for myself and have so much fun doing it that if someone likes it I'm glad but it has no bearing on what I do but I'd really like to know that when I'm gone I've made a difference. That maybe what I create means something to someone 100 years from now.

I guess I'll never really know if that happens or not but I'd like to think it will. I'd like to know that some person looks at my stuff 100 years from now and says 'wow'. I doubt it will happen and I'm sure I'll just be another artist in a sea of artists that vanishes but I think the hope of surviving the centuries is what keeps me going.

Be honest with your art... do what you want to do. That's all we can do to hopefully mean something in the years to come...

Happy Holidays to all of you on dA!!!

Dave
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
I like the things that come out of your brain. Recognition is something I never manage to keep a consistent opinion about. I like it when people appreciate my work, or when they totally despise it. I get a kick out of inspiring that intense a reaction in anyone just by taking a photo. Even though I'm very open about just about everything online and in person when it comes to my opinions and my work, I'm intensely private when it comes to my day-to-day life and it totally freaks me out to meet someone who knows lots about me when it doesn't relate to either art. Hence the fake name on Facebook :aww:
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indi-is-conan Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
Happy Holidays!
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devilicious Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
awesome words - "your audience will find you" - never bother to shoot for anyone but yourself :) :hug:
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Davenit Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Thanks my friend. I miss you and hope you're smiling!
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Cutteroz Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
i'll be looking at your stuff 100 years from now (when i'll be reincarnated or something) and go "wow".

Happy holidays to you, too, Dave! Many hugs!
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Davenit Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Thanks so much Oana. You rock my friend!
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Sesquicentennial Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
You don't need to wait 100 years to know that you've made a difference.

You never know whose smile you started and then it was spread like a ripple across the city. If you make a sad person laugh, you have made a difference. Even though you don't see it happen, your thoughts can get recognition in the spirit world.
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DomiSM Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Merry Christmas Dave :) I think the here and now is more important than leaving a lasting memory...at least as far as art is concerned. I think if you want to leave a lasting memory, be kind, be generous, be loving and caring...because those are the things people will remember most. Sure, they may remember your amazing art as well, but that will be an aside thought to what kind of person you were :) I'd rather be remembered for who I was rather than what I did as an artist, but that's just my opinion :) Hope you have a wonderful holiday! :santa:
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jenepooh Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
:huggle: :heart: Merry Christmas! :) Btw...how can we ever forget you? You're amazing...just like your work. :hug:
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MayaVogrin Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Wise words. :nod:

Have nice Holidays :)
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Ptollemy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Happy Holidays :santa:
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Casperium Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Amen! Have a fantastic Holiday!
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SuicideBySafetyPin Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap: great words! now if i can just figure out how to actually use my camera and have it not on auto i will be doing great
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mariyaolshevska Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
I agree=)
Happy Holidays!:santa::holly:
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