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I am quite pleased with myself today as I arrive at 10,000 page views on DA, and without even "exposing" too much of my models! I see where others have over one hundred thousand and even a million page views, but I am happy with my small accomplishment and have only been posting photos for eight months.

     Thank you very much to all who have visited and are returning and see this message post! I love Deviant Art and all that it does for the art community and what it has done for me and my creativity and improvement through feedback, criticism and interacting with other artists.

~tommy
  • Listening to: the hum of my laptop
  • Reading: DA
  • Watching: DA
  • Playing: not with myself, yet
  • Eating: biscotti
  • Drinking: mocha coffee
Hey, everyone! Update - I thought I'd try my hand at starting and managing a group when I found an unmet need for a particular emphasis...

A very popular scene for photography and graphics is placing a soft female model on a hard rail track of rock, steel, and timber which presents a wonderful image with the rail lines leading to and from the subject. The group I started is intended to collect and  present these wonderful images all in one place!

To all my friends and Watchers, I hope you will come by for at least a vist, and hope you will consider joining...and more than that, hope you can find and submit some rail road photos or drawings with:
Girls-On-Tracks
:icongirls-on-tracks:
Hope you enjoy!
And leave me some feedback if you have suggestions!
~tommy
'What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how
infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and
admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like
a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet,
to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me—
nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so."
Hamlet
"Everyone is queer but me and thee, Deborah, and sometimes I have my doubts in thee."

~tommy
Odd


(as in: ~SeanOfTheFallen...recon that'll work)
So, noticed when I go to other people's pages, I find the activity, process of viewing their created material more engaging when they have posted more information and pictures of themselves and their life and their history...get to see what they have done, what they like, what makes them tick, what makes them who they are today! To that end, I spent a little time resurrecting a bunch of old print photos and scanned to include in my posts here on my page. I understand it is not an issue to some folks, so to you, I just say enjoy, or critique, my crap, and to the rest of you, run through my pics and see a little bit of me behind the photographs I take.
I recently received a comment post from a young man, Rono, in Canada who has an Engineering Technology degree and is unemployed and feels out of options and asked what I thought about the "meaning of life." I suppose that is a tired cliche, but sometimes relevant nonetheless.

So what do I think...well, you get out of life what you put into it. "Karma."
If someone appears to be getting "alot" out of life right now but they DID NOT put forth much effort, they are damned lucky, and it will catch up with them at some point. They know it, and likely feel uncomfortable, waiting on the other shoe to drop. Maybe your parents were successful at some business and are letting you take over  - regardless that you don't deserve this reward, if you work really hard at maintaining or improving this business, then you will ultimately be getting what you deserve. If you are attactive now and it is opening doors for you, you will not always look that way, or some misfortune may happen with your looks, and then as Heidi says: "you are out!" Also, just the opposite can be true regarding looks...if you are kind of normal, average, but you work really hard on improvement, then karma, life, should reward you, and you will feel better about yourself. Same goes for education...if you didn't get a college degree, or you didn't work through a very challenging college curriculum, then you will have a more difficult time finding employment or acheiving long-term financial success. If you are an entrepreneur, you must take risks and work many hours to make your business venture fruitfull. An artist has to put in much efort and time praticing and honing the skills to produce the product that others enjoy and will pay for so you can make a living at art.

And...you should strive to find satisfaction and contentment in life no matter what you are doing, where you are, or what you have or have not accomplished. "Don't worry, be happy!"
There exists many individuals who are content in life with what some of us view as lacking. I have great respect for these folks. They do not blame others for their situation...as a fact, they do not even view their life as a "situation"...it is merely "life," and they are enjoying it, day by day. Most of us are ever striving to improve, ever desiring more and better and greater. I am in this category. It is not bad; it can be stressful, but it is what makes me tick, merely who I am, who my parents and my environment, my own efforts have produced.

So, my advice: if you want more then decide what this "more" really is and work hard to get it. As you are working hard, be content at each point along the way, recognize you have family, friends and opportunities to enjoy what life has to offer, every day. If you decide you are tired of working hard to achieve more, or just don't want to start the effort, then look inward, meditate, pray, whatever does it for you, and strive to find satisfaction, contentment with where you are right now. And don't forget: "if it feels good, do it!"

~tommy
So, hit my first milestone today...1,000 page views! Thank you to all of you who have visited my page checking out photographs, and a SPECIAL THANK YOU to those Watches who have made repeated visits!~ Your comments and Favourite choices are really helping guide my photography efforts. I have been a DA member for a while, but for the longest time only enjoyed the products of other's work. I finally got the courage to begin posting about mid-August this year (2011), so am pleased it has only taken a month to reach a 1,000 views...and that's with no nudity!! I feel I am constantly learning and improving and will be trying to post fairly regular. DA is a very good creative outlet for me - I am so glad to have it. Engineering seems to stress my brain during the day, so I long for the opportunity to pick up my camera and clear my mind!
~tommy