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Oy Vey in a Manger: Trampolina and Winnie by SaroB-W Oy Vey in a Manger: Trampolina and Winnie :iconsarob-w:SaroB-W 1 0 Winnie Kinsey Sicks by SaroB-W Winnie Kinsey Sicks :iconsarob-w:SaroB-W 0 0 Love is a Drag Queen by SaroB-W Love is a Drag Queen :iconsarob-w:SaroB-W 1 0 John McCutcheon by SaroB-W John McCutcheon :iconsarob-w:SaroB-W 0 0 In These Boxes-Dudley Saunders 2 by SaroB-W In These Boxes-Dudley Saunders 2 :iconsarob-w:SaroB-W 4 0 In These Boxes-Dudley Saunders 1 by SaroB-W In These Boxes-Dudley Saunders 1 :iconsarob-w:SaroB-W 0 0 Korby Lenker 2 by SaroB-W Korby Lenker 2 :iconsarob-w:SaroB-W 0 0 Korby Lenker 1 by SaroB-W Korby Lenker 1 :iconsarob-w:SaroB-W 0 0 Willy Porter by SaroB-W Willy Porter :iconsarob-w:SaroB-W 1 0 Pokey LaFarge 4 by SaroB-W Pokey LaFarge 4 :iconsarob-w:SaroB-W 1 0 Pokey LaFarge 3 by SaroB-W Pokey LaFarge 3 :iconsarob-w:SaroB-W 0 0 Pokey LaFarge 2 by SaroB-W Pokey LaFarge 2 :iconsarob-w:SaroB-W 0 0 Pokey LaFarge 1 by SaroB-W Pokey LaFarge 1 :iconsarob-w:SaroB-W 1 0 Leaving the Exhibit by SaroB-W Leaving the Exhibit :iconsarob-w:SaroB-W 1 0 In Case of Fire by SaroB-W In Case of Fire :iconsarob-w:SaroB-W 3 0 Herpatoria 2 by SaroB-W Herpatoria 2 :iconsarob-w:SaroB-W 2 0



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.


Charles Raianerastha Black
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States
I'm a work in progress, the circle is turning. I'm Mohawk/Cherokee/Lebanese (so my people are used to getting messed over on both sides of the Atlantic) and the Mohawk name I wear is Raianerastha.

No, you probably can't pronounce it correctly, so I tell people to call me "Rain".

I'm a storyteller at heart. I do a lot of writing as well as photography. My photos are really just a way of telling the story of my life and the stories I see around me. I'm gratified if you like any of my photos and hope Creator can show you your own story in them.

Current Residence: Iowa
Favourite genre of music: Anything well done
Favourite photographer: W. Eugene Smith, Annie Leibovitz, Minor White
Favourite style of art: Photorealistic,
Favourite cartoon character: The Tick, Rocky and Bullwinkle
Personal Quote: We never quarrel about religion, because it is a matter between each man and the Great Spirit



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Boha1000 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I'd like to say thank you for responding to the journal in Restless-Natives group [link]
Friendly reminder about this, and I'd like to know what tags you would like, and also know what ones of your dA that you don't want posted up. Just to make it a little more easier. :P
I still remember about the proper credit.
Thank you :D
Peggaso Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice photos
bohoomil Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
An extraordinary gallery: there's so much I have to think about after having seen those pictures. Thank you for the inspiring experience.
SaroB-W Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. I owe you even greater thanks for your kind words.
myLewt Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
You have done a fine job. I applaud your work, sir, and I look forward to anything else you offer up!
SaroB-W Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for your encouragement.
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