It's been some time since I've done anything with this account, this journal. Basically I got so busy (and still am) that I had to focus on other things. One of the things I've always appreciated about the Deviantart community is getting likes, feedback, comments etc. That seemed to have fallen off shortly before I stopped posting new material.
I've been rethinking my photography. On a professional level I am quite busy with concert and performance photos. On a personal level I have been looking at how to consciously separate my personal stuff from the professional work. In the past, my personal approach was centered around capturing imperfections in things that others seek to portray in pristine beauty (flowers, and such) or finding beauty in things others might find distasteful (dead animals, trashed out buildings). Then there was always the occasion in which I would make a photo that I hoped would prompt a "WTF was he thinking?" response.
Garry Winogrand said, "Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed." I contemplate that statement on a regular basis, keeping it in mind as I think of subjects I want to photograph and how I want them to appear in the final image. In so doing, (along with debating with "OOC Purists" who insist that any post processing beyond basic adjustments is not "real photography" I've refined my personal philosophy of photography to this:
I came to the conclusion that making a photo doesn't capture reality. All it does is manifest a representation of reality as perceived by the photographer at the moment of capture. That perception may be "realistic" and "truthful" in that nothing more is done to the image beyond capture and print or publish. On the other hand, the capture may be simply the start of a process to manifest a perception beyond the surface of the scene.
All this is a long-winded way of saying that from henceforth my posts to Deviantart will be almost exclusively personal work that presents my perception of a given subject, with a few performance photos now and then that I am particularly proud of.