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Blackout II by Furmel
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Blackout I by Furmel
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The Inspector by Furmel
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The Inspector :iconfurmel:Furmel 45 6
Chained by Furmel
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Chained :iconfurmel:Furmel 199 15
Connection established by Furmel
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Decisions by Furmel
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The contradiction by Furmel The contradiction :iconfurmel:Furmel 75 7 Isotope by Furmel Isotope :iconfurmel:Furmel 15 5 The gap by Furmel The gap :iconfurmel:Furmel 114 8 The mind shift by Furmel The mind shift :iconfurmel:Furmel 123 9 Reeducation II by Furmel
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Reeducation I by Furmel Reeducation I :iconfurmel:Furmel 98 6 Afterglow II by Furmel
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Afterglow II :iconfurmel:Furmel 45 3
Afterglow I by Furmel
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Darker Things by Furmel
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Rhombic Pinup by Furmel
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Chairs by mmaexx Chairs :iconmmaexx:mmaexx 232 13 Patreon February by Elisanth Patreon February :iconelisanth:Elisanth 520 34 Royal Latex Girl by THETERRORCAT Royal Latex Girl :icontheterrorcat:THETERRORCAT 192 9

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So 300+ followers are finally here... It took me much longer than expected and I'm afraid I'm getting closer to the limits of my audience on DA. I appreciate every positive comment I got, but the platform just doesn't drive me the number of views I hoped for. The number of new subscribers "per picture" is declining so it's either a quality drop from my side (probably not) or it's really an exhaustion of my potential audience. Like "everyone interested is already here".

Making photos is very time consuming, it basically takes me a whole day to make a single photo (not to count the time to prepare props and clothing). Makeup -> Dressing Up -> Shooting -> Selection -> PostProduction... And while I'm getting a lot of positive emotions in the process (and after), I have to admit that my motivation is creeping down. DA was never The Platform for photographers, and now it's further from it than before. Fake captions, head swapping and other cheap tricks are outnumbering the artistic stuff. Maybe I'm wrong but it seems that good artists (in all genres) are gradually leaving DA, and everything else is coming in, as a "replacement".

I'm not even going to discuss how broken DA engine is. We literally struggle to get our images razor sharp... only to get it blurred into oblivion after upload. Compare the quality of (resized) images here: furmel.deviantart.com/gallery/ and here furmel.tumblr.com See the difference? This is an insult and it shows the competence of dev. team :( 17 years passed since 2000 and nobody cared to fix the shitty DA's downsampling yet. 

I'm not a professional model or photographer. I have to learn a lot and I'd like to do it. But learn from whom? I can name only a couple of people here 1) shooting something I like, 2) being active today – and that's about it. Of course I can keep learning from the artists of other genres, but...

In short, DA does not provide me neither the audience, nor the community I hoped for. 
So what my options even are?

* Facebook – don't even propose, I truly hate this platform.
* Instagram – the audience is a big +, the square photos are a big -, lame engine, and it's owned by Facebook again.
* Patreon – the professional artists are struggling hard to make money on it, no chance for hobbyists like me.
* Pinterest – the community is too small. Probably a waste of time. Fetish is not nearly as popular as Cosplay or something.
* 500px – the community of professional photographers, showcasing their works. I don't really belong to them.
* Behance – like above, but for designers and visual artists. I'm amateur and I have no plans to change it.
* Tumblr – big audience, no community in principle, 99% of images are stolen, endlessly reposted "something".
* Twitter – see "Facebook" ^^^
* Supe.me, BentBox, Diverxity – probably good to sell 18+ images, but not for anything else. And it don't want to mix my photos with L-Q porn stuff.
* Keep going with DA – that's what I plan to do for a while but ^^^
* ???

And I'm kinda stuck here... What do you guys think? I don't particularly ask you about my case. Making art was always an ungrateful business. What do You do to "sweeten the pill"? Even if you're just a greedy content consumer – I'd like you to share your opinion here ;)

Should I explain it's not a "post of complaints"? My job is not related to photography and modelling in any sense and even if all social networks disappear tomorrow I wouldn't even notice that for a week or so. I got 300 followers and we can use that as a chance to talk – that's it. 
The Inspector
Note: download for the original quality. DA blurs images at resize (you see a resized image above).

Clothing & Accessories:

Catsuit: brightandshinystore.com/latex_…
Corset: brightandshinystore.com/constr…
Gloves: brightandshinystore.com/short_…
Harness: hand-made
Mask: brightandshinystore.com/latex_…
Boots: www.deviantart.com/users/outgo…

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Photography:

Camera: www.amazon.co.uk/Fuji-XT10-Cam…
Lens: www.amazon.co.uk/Fujifilm-XF-5…
Light: www.amazon.co.uk/Yongnuo-YN-56…
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Furmel
Furmel
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1. I'm not a native speaker and Furmel is not an english phonem. It's pronounced kinda like this: translate.google.com.ua/#pl/en… (the "listen" icon)

2. All images are ©.

Allowed: to use or share. Not allowed: to modify (even non-commercially).

Please keep credits (backlinks) if you share them.

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:iconwaddet:
waddet Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2017
Stunning photography and such amazing costumes you have. Very lovely :)
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:iconrickscafe:
RicksCafe Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2017
Just great.  Thank you !!
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:iconfurmel:
Furmel Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for watching me, Rick.
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:iconvw1956:
vw1956 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Fascinating! Beautiful model, lovely portraits:#1:
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:iconfurmel:
Furmel Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You!
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:iconvw1956:
vw1956 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure!
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Spareshells Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
simply had to add you to my watch i am smitten
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