I've subscribed to DA in its early years, probably around 2002, at first it was the place where I went looking for desktop wallpapers for my always evolving Slackware Linux KDE customizations. I did not use my account for anything more than that, or maybe I posted some "spray art" paintings, like this (that's not mine, that's one of the first results I got looking for the same kind of paintings I used to do).
DA went slowly into oblivion until 2006-2007, when I picked up my first digital camera and started to take some pictures. Back in those days, I used a Sony DSC-F828, and processed my photos with Picasa and Aperture on my first Mac. I used to play World of Warcraft, and one of my guild mates happened to be
, or Delphina. She kind of vaguely kept me in touch with DA: I realized the website was still going strong, active and in good health. Not so common, for a web community, to live for this long and thrive with new content every day. Every hour.I posted some photos, mostly travel ones, but I didn't have much to show.
In late 2008 I started taking my photography hobby more seriously, and I explored more and more communities and possible portfolios. Flickr, 1x, Picasa, name whatever comes to your mind, I've probably checked their sign up page. My interests were in sport photography, mostly ice hockey. In the need of a place where I could upload massive galleries, and protect the download, I went for Zenfolio. Each time I switched to or from some photography genre, DA was a sort of a point of reference: "what are those on DA doing about this or that genre?".
In 2010 I went to a comic convention in my town, to see if I could take some photos of cosplayers. I happened to be very well geared to shoot the cosplay acts, and took photos along the competition. I posted them on Facebook, and linked the album on the event page. In less than one month, I almost tripled my contact list, had four conventions planned and started shooting on-location photo sets. When I got back to DA, I discovered that its cosplay community is extremely active and interesting. DA is probably one the best places to look for inspiration, keep track of what others are doing, and see new things. I decided to create a new account (I don't exactly remember the reason, probably some old limit on name change?) and I started posting my photographs, but, most of all, I lurked in the shadows, watching every single move of hundreds of cosplayers and photographers
By the end of 2010 I got my first DD (a non-cosplay one, still one of my favorite photos, taken with a lens I rented for just one day), which made me realize the tremendous amount of people who got in touch with my work. Also, by the end of 2010, I could shoot photos at a private cosplay event, a ball in a castle, where I met most of the people I still hang out with as friends.
2011 and 2012 marked a transition for me, from event photos to on-location photo sets. I had the luck to shoot with some very good cosplayers, be it on the crafting side and on the interpretation one, and together we could push our limits much further. I also started using more and more artificial light, which initially I didn't like very much. During 2012 I also started attending a foreign convention, Animuc in Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany, where I discovered an entirely different kind of cosplay act: 1-hour long performances, like a theatre play. I loved that. This got me even more interested, here on DA, into other nations' cosplay.Tsuki No Senshi's "Trinity Blood" (Animuc 2013) and even more "Hetalia" (Animuc 2014) are definitely masterpieces of their kind. Don't be fooled by the Hetalia you know, that's just a way to draw and dress the characters. This is an entirely different thing.
(yes, this thing was actually on the stage, fighting with Abel and scaring the sh*t out of Vatican and New Human Empire guys and gals)
2013 and 2014 pushed me even more into on-location sets, with taking part in most of the craziest endeavours.
I've also resumed posting some landscape and architecture photos, and even some theatre ones, and I've started following some groups for those genres.
I'm not sure what's coming up in the next years, what and if I'll still be shooting, but I hope you'll like what's still on the post-processing queue on my computer