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Journal Entry: Thu Sep 11, 2014, 1:40 AM
I received some wonderful news today! One of the photos I submitted to a juried  show was accepted. The show is titled 'Mirror, Mirror' and photos were judged and selected by Amy Arbus, who is a New York City-based photographer and is the daughter of  photographer Diane Arbus   en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Ar….  The show is focused on the theme of self-portraits - the photographer as the model. www.darkroomgallery.com/ex61

This is the first show I've entered since the 'Love' exhibit in February. I probably should be entering more shows but tend to be more occupied with taking photos than showing them. Oddly enough, what prompted me to enter was all the art theft. Maybe my work isn't half bad, given the huge amount of theft I've experienced. Normally, I think I would avoid shows that involve portraits as I haven't really done that many and don't feel particularly confident about them. Some good came out of this bad experience I guess.  


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:iconaerendial:
aerendial Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
congrats dear Peggy!!! you deserve it!!! :excited:
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much Kirke!
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SalemCat Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats Peggy! :D
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much Debbie!
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ZiaulKareem Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Big Congrats Peggy! Clap
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much Ziaul!
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TJ-Scar Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats!!!
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much TJ!
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copper9lives Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Exciting, Peggy!!! Go get 'em, you talented artist, you!
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much Catherine!
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copper9lives Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
:clap:
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014   Photographer
:hug:
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Nigel-Kell Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations-some (good) recognition at last! Digital art theft is the new sincerest form of flattery I guess ;)
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much Nigel! Ha - there's nothing sincere or flattering about it all!
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FabioKeiner Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, I'm so happy with your success! as I told you: even pinterest has its merits making you famous! :))
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Edited Sep 16, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much Fabio!  I really don't need that sort of fame as it doesn't seem to provide any benefit. In the juried process for the exhibition, only the photo is shown to the judge, without the name of the photographer. The photo was chosen on it's own merit.  All of that sharing leads to theft and disrespect for my work and me as an artist. Sites like Pinterest and Tumblr, for the most part, only show what blog or site they got the photo from and rarely, if ever, mention the artist. I know this from my horrible experience. They see a photo they like and post and share it without any regard for the artist. They fail to understand that there is a person behind every photo and that what they do isn't harmless or bloodless. I have one photo that has recently gone kind of viral and I've been constantly filing take down orders on these sites. On Sunday, this photo, within a few hours got 1065 reblogs on Tumblr and it ruined my day for sure. This same photo has been used in ads by web designers, which luckily have been taken down. When people see photos on these sites, they assume it's ok to use and it isn't. Why would anyone buy my work when they can get it for free from these sites. It isn't sharing, it's stealing. Photography is what I do and they are infringing on my copyrights and my life's work. 
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mandalamker Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
congrats
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014   Photographer
Thank you very much Alida!
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Anj3lla Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014   General Artist
Congratulations Peggy!!! This is an amazing portrait!!! :clap: :heart: :clap:
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much Angela!
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:iconanj3lla:
Anj3lla Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014   General Artist
You're welcome, Peggy!!!
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014   Photographer
:iconbutterflyplz:
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Anj3lla Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014   General Artist
:hug:
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CarolynYM Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Congratulations, dear Peggy :clap:   Love this photo!
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much Carolyn!
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abatwood Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
Congrats Peggy! Well deserved.
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much Alan!
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shitpitcher Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
well deserved congratz peggy :-)
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much!
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DasGhul Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014   General Artist
About them art thieves with them great tastes, I say I wonder now where they do actually get their motivations from...
About everything else, I say: Congrats! :hooray: You of all people did REALLY deserve this! :hooray::thumbsup:
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014   Photographer
I'm not really sure. Since it's pretty common for people to illegally download music and movies, they probably have the same attitude about photos. They don't consider that it's someone's work and that behind that photo is a real live human being. They think what they do is bloodless, but it isn't.

Thank you so much Ghoul!
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DasGhul Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014   General Artist
That might still be, of course...
Anyway, do you have any ideas about who exactly accepted this one to your "juried show...?" :)
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014   Photographer
Maybe.

Well,the only judge for this show is Amy Arbus, who is pretty famous, has published a bunch of books of her work, many exhibitions all over the world, published in many periodicals and ads and teaches portraiture at the International Center of Photography. She is considered to be a contemporary photographer. Also, she is the daughter of the great photographer, Diane Arbus. 
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DasGhul Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014   General Artist
Well everyone knows I am paranoid, but I guess she still does not just lock up everything she will be supposed to judge on in the safe, does she...? :paranoid:
 
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014   Photographer
The size of the files sent for submission are fairly small. Also, I seem to remember the gallery director saying that after selections are made, the rest of the files get deleted. 
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DasGhul Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014   General Artist
Well, there you have it.
Afterwards. :paranoid:
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014   Photographer
I guess everything has an element of risk.
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wallawallaw Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
congratulations :clap:
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much!
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TakingBackSusan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014   Photographer
Congrats!
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much Susan!
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tntrekabulator Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
:hooray:
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much Dennis!
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tntrekabulator Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
you're welcome :D
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014   Photographer
:hug:
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tntrekabulator Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
:huggle:
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Javier1971 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Congratulations :)
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much Javier!
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Javier1971 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
My pleasure
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Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014   Photographer
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