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I really enjoy being on DA. I enjoy the conversations, the camaraderie, the discussions, and the different opinions we all have about various aspects of art.
My particular chosen field opens me up to a host of reactions from the sublime to the ridiculous. I get comments that are way over the top in how effusive they are and I get comments that take the opposite stance. I have a thick skin and am not at all bothered by someone outright hating my work.
I LIKE to hear different views about lighting, form, line, movement, texture, f-stops, shutter speeds, exposure level, contrast ratios, etc etc etc. While we all like a nice pat on the back, I'm a VERY secure person and even if no one on DA liked or even looked at my images, it wouldn't effect me in the least. I have no investment and make no money here. I do it because I enjoy it. I do it because I want to share what I see, how I see the world, and what I perceive as beautiful.

Recently, though, I have grown completely exhausted with the childish flaming of my models. This past week I sent a note to one such person asking her why she would call someone she didn't know, had never met, and had no idea whatsoever about her life… "a hooker". Another person seemed to think one of my models "should be shot like the dog she is". Another said he wished "she'd get cancer and die…"
I could go on and on listing the vitriolic, hate filled, and mean spirited comments but I won't. When I confronted one guy about his filthy and disturbing comment about "what he'd like to do to…" my model, his response was,"Lighten up Dude… it was just a joke!"
Well… saying hurtful things to people from the chicken shit anonymous safety of a computer screen is NOT a joke. Not only will I NOT lighten up…I am going to get VERY hard lined on this issue.
I am VERY VERY protective of my models. I adore them and guard their comfort in any and every way I can.

As I see it, I have two options.
One: to block all comments.
This doesn't seem like a fair option to all those who want to discuss the things that interest us ALL as artists, so I won't do that.
Two: Adopt a new policy regarding comments.
Here's the deal… from now on, I will not tolerate ANY comment that I think might even VAGUELY hurt my models feelings. I will block the user and hide the comment. NO ONE will get a second chance…DONE. NO ONE will get a chance to "explain" what they "really meant". No one will get a chance to apologize. This is MY gallery so I am judge and jury about what and who stays or goes. Harsh? Maybe, but I'm no longer interested in getting phone calls from models crying asking me if I could hide juvenile nasty comments.

I have a very hard time keeping up with all the comments here and SOOOO wish I could respond to all who enjoy and interact with me and my work. What I WILL ask is for your help. If you see a questionable comment on ANY of my images…PLEASE PLEASE note me and I will take care of it.
I will block the person and hide their comment.

Please feel free to continue to comment and feel free to say you don't like a particular shot. It's OK to say the model isn't your favorite…but comments that involve anything of a personal nature will result in being blocked and comments being hidden. If you have ANY question in your mind about whether or not the comment you are about to make is appropriate…DON'T risk it.
Those who have been my watchers for years now know and understand how I feel about all this. Help me keep the haters away!

All I am saying is, help me spread love and peace.
  • Listening to: the hum of the G5
  • Drinking: Heineken
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Check-o0tmePancak3s Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist
As sad as I am that I won't be able to comment on many of your photos anymore, I appreciate the respect you have for your models. I just wish that this weren't necessary.
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ABS-photography Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
The majority of my images are on Flickr. I do not have many nude images as the models here in South Africa are mostly from a very conservative and religious background and it is hard to find models who will pose nude. However I do have a few and I follow exactly the same policy with inapropriate and vulgar comments. Poster is banned/blocked.

Do not understand hatefull comments though. Some sad people out there.
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Chinacomplex Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011   Photographer
Good idea. You should have done this already a couple of years ago.

Regarding this issue in general:
there is a strong lack of respect for other people in our modern society.

And there seems to be a huge gap between men and women these days and this is also one of the main reasons why there is so much hatred.
I traveled many places and I have never seen a place where men and women are so distant to each other than in the United States.
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AeisLugh Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
It is a sad fact of the wired in society we live in that people are just separated from the consequences of the things they say. I've nae had to deal with it here in regards to my own artwork, but I am fairly obscure. I have seen it elsewhere with regards to other things. There are, unfortunately, those that are referred to as Trolls, who only say things deliberately to get a reaction out of people. It's bloody annoying, and I wish there was something we could do to bring consequences more fitting home to roost for those people.

On the other hand, I applaud you for putting your foot down and giving such degenerates the boot. I have followed your work for some time and can say that your models are nothing but stunning, and your photography amazing.
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IreneLangholm Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This should be a News item. Everyone should read it.

Anyway, the way I see it, the people who post such ignorant comments are just attention-hungry cowards with nothing better to do.
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hmerino Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thumbs up, man. I agree with you, and if you have to be a dictator with the comments about your work and your collaboratives, so BE IT.
Good luck!
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tnp651 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
Your protectiveness and your obvious love and respect for your models gives the lie to the idea that erotic photography is exploitive of women. What you and your models create together is a beautiful thing. Thanks for sharing, and double thanks for not letting ALL our experiences of it be sullied by dirty, narrow minds.
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emotionless13 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
understandable. all of your models are wonderful and i wouldnt stand for any trash about them. the things people say.... and do, Jeeze i just wish those people would die. i recently shaved my head for st baldricks and people look at me like i have leporacy. i mean if i did have cancer its not like i could give it to them... though some people deserve it, namely abusers and cheaters but i wont go that far as to wish it on them.... i'll be sure to tell you about anything i see Micheal!
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Rocco-Ruthless Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
Best of luck to you. Hopefully this will help pull some of the weeds. Looking forward to future submissions.
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antonvandort Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This seems to happen more and more. I get the idea there is more behind this. DA is a big website and a lot of money is involved here. Could this be competition from DA trying to make the website less populair? Especially for people that post real good stuff like you do?

There should be some kind of mechanism build in DA, where artists can help each other to massively block users with this childish behaviour. You can start by doing this by e.g. starting to post the user names of these vulgair users, a black list. Everybody that want to can block these users by default from their own account.
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