I have some really great news!
About a month ago, in mid-October, I was contacted by DeviantART for participating in a project. They had read my journal of how I was raising funds for a new camera, since my old 1000D had run out of shutter’s life, and decided I would be perfect for the new project by Sony.
4 photographer, me included, all received Sony mirroless cameras and were set out for a week-long shoot capturing change in each of our countries. I got myself a Sony a7R with E 55-210mm telephoto lens. I also thought a wider-angle lens would be really suited for the project, so using the fundraiser money, I got myself the Sony E 16mm F2.8 Pancake lens.
It really is the biggest project I’ve ever done in my life, and the very first professional job I’ve got as a photographer. Really, it’s the biggest event in my 25 years of life, and I’m proud of my finished work. Really am. It was tons of fun and a big learning experience working with dA and with the other 3 photographers as well. They did a superb job too and for me it was very interesting to compare how similar and at the same time differently we went on our approach on the concept. They're really some great photographers.
I urge you to check out the whole project as it’s really important to me and thank you everyone for supporting me. Without you guys, deviantART wouldn’t have seen me and I wouldn’t have been part of this project.
Check out the project here: madizzlee.deviantart.com/journ…
It's Dex here, with a bit of a story.
I wasn't really that young when I found out how fun photography can be. 18 to be precise. I still remember where I was and what I was doing. It was a botanical garden and I had recently gotten a hand-me-down Ericsson cellphone with a camera. Right there and then I took hundreds of shots with the tiny tiny thing. Oh, but it was fun.
this image actually was taken during that botanical garden trip with a k550i Sony Ericsson.
It was much later on when I found how sometimes frustrating photography can be. Once I learned basics of how things work, I learned the limitations of what I had. For years I borrowed my fathers point-and-shoot soap-type camera (it was an S5 IS).
point-and-shoot Canon Powershot S5
It was when I was 20 when I got my first actual camera, a Canon 1000D (Rebel XS) with the help of one Gerald Weintz. I have been shooting with it non-stop since I got it, learning more and more every day. I have always since then dreamed of actually making a career out of it, but during the last 5 years, the conditions for that haven't been the best. Latvia wasn't really looking for photographers and my family was (and still is too poor) for me to go into something like that. Especially not after my dad got locked up and we lost one of our providers. He just tried to do what's best for us...
Canon 1000D/Rebel XS
Fast forward to today, and now I'm living in a different country half-way across the globe, having left my family behind and starting my own. Starting fresh is always hard. I have no funds, no education and no reason for El Salvadorian government to give me a work visa (yet). But with your help, I'm hoping to change all that. Since my old camera, the 1000D/XS has reached it's shutter capacity, e.g., it died, I need your help for a fresh start. If I get to replace my camera, I can start small, get an internship in a photography studio or a newspaper, or anywhere really, and try to prove myself. If I can do that, I can prove to the El Salvadorian government to give me a work visa, and I can start to provide for my family.
I'm not looking for anything expensive, but I've seen 700D/T5i's floating around Amazon for 415$. Counting in 50$ IndieGoGo/Generosity fee, shipping fee and Import tax, everything should come up to around 650$. But I'm gonna ask for 500$, because I believe I can try to help myself as best as I can.
I hope you, my friends, my followers, fellow artists and art appreciators, can be generous today, and help someone in need. People depend on me and I hope to not let them down, but it's already hard to ask for help.
The dream is that someday, I'll be able to help those in need myself.
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Turns out (I had no idea) that IndieGoGo/Generosity sends out the money once a month. It wouldn't be so bad......if they didn't charge 25$ for each time. So turns out, now I'm short 50$ :/ . I have everything I need to get the camera, except last 50$. Goddamn it.
So please, if you can (I don't even know if it's possible?), donate until the total sum is 560$. and then stop. This is all I need, the very last for getting a new camera. Sorry for re-posting this so fast again, but I didn't not expect such turn of events.
As some of you might know already, Photography is the only real skill that I know and that I think I'm somewhat good at (I think?). And I really need to find a job and stop being completely dependent on my wife's quickly diminishing resources. So why not start trying out as a Photographer? Assistant, Intern, Patreon, whatever I could do, I'll do it.
The first problem with that, and why I'm making this fundraiser is, that my outdated Canon 1000D/XS from 2008 has reached it's shutter click capacity. Meaning, it doesn't work anymore. So, to both continue my hobby and turn it into something bigger, I need the only tool a Photographer needs, a Camera.
I already had a fundraiser not long ago, but it failed to meet it's goal (far from it even). So, this time around I've opted to aim lower. Much much lower. As low as it gets that'll get the job done. A Lower-Entry level Canon 1200D/T5.
Hopefully I'll be able to make it until the sale stands! Here's it on Amazon.com
I calculated the price like this:
Base price (399$) + 13% El Salvador Import Tax (51.87$) + Shipping cost (10$/lb) + IndieGoGo Payment processing fee (3% + 0.30$) + IndieGoGo non-U.S. wire fee (25$), which all grand totals to:
499.9961$ USD, or rounded up to 500$ USD.
Also, my choice is Canon because I already have an extra lense for a Canon camera that isn't really compatible with anything else.
I really hope you guys will help me succeed this time, I'm really counting on to your support.
Update 09/15: So far we're 11% funded after a week! Thanks a lot to trihs71, DetectiveWorkStudios, Gryphon-Burger and an Anon donator. If it would go the same rate, I could finish this fundraiser in 10 weeks! Thank you guys for your support!!
Update 09/23: Another 20$ added thanks to m.yia and another Anonymous donator! If you'd like me to link to your dA here, just leave a comment please !Right now we're 25% there, after 2 weeks.
Update 10/02: Due to difficulties with paying bills, I have to severely cut on the time I spend online until the fundraiser is finished. I hope y'all are gonna understand that I'm going through some difficult times.
But we're 31% complete as of today! Woohoo! All thanks to dogman0 , goldfool08 and Jenifer Williams! Please leave a link down below of your dA's, so I know who you are, you wonderful people, you :> !
Update 10/09: 47% That's almost half way there!! Wooohoooo!! All thanks to Jason Dever, megaman.wol and Marek Tichý!! You guys are the bestest!! 234$ in a months time is really, really good !!
Update 10/13: 85% done! Juuust a little bit more and I can finally start doing something with my life. All thanks to UrBeautifulAddiction , Flurryshy, codeygraff, m.metzler, and an anon donator.
426$ out of 500$. We're at the endgame here.
After a whole week another 10$ donated, thanks to 1000Simplicities! We're at 87% right now, but I noticed something new:
I didn't know the 3%+0.30$ is PER TRANSACTION fee, not a total fundraiser fee. So that means, it takes that out from every awesome donator. I dunno what that means yet and if I'll have to start again a new fundraiser if this actually completes to make up a difference, but we'll see!
If this fundraiser succeeds, I'm planning to start a Patreon page, and everyone who donates here, I'll definitely try to send you some goodies your way.
- Mood: Hope
Greetings all you lovely people! I have some news!
I finally opened my Society6 page! So far I have 6 works included there that I think looks great, but I'll be adding more in the future! If you'd like to see a specific photo of mine as an item there, please do put it in comments !
I have never sold anything else besides art prints, so I really hope this will be a success, because I think a lot of these would look good in your house or on your stuff (OR EVEN ON YOU!!!).
Here's a preview on some of the items available (with working links):
Click here to visit my Society6 webstore!
So, while I haven't been able to do that for half a year now, I still from time to time sort through my last years photos and try to make something out of it. Of course none of this is good enough for my dA portfolio, but you can check it out on my Tumblr blog.
Remember me as a Time of Day
The Earth is not a cold dead place
A Photo for our Fathers
Looking for Brothers
In the meantime, I'm always open for donations. Maybe luck might shine my way....maybe....
As some of you might know, a few months ago I moved to a far away country and married my girlfriend to start a new life, to turn a new page in my life. Well, it turns out things are not so simple here either.
You see, so far I've been living on what's called an 'extended tourist visa' while I was trying to get a permanent residency visa and then a work visa. My time was really running out, but I had finally all the documents they asked for. So, I go to the Immigration department, give all the documents, and they suddenly announce they need another document. It's a document that shows I haven't done any crimes back home. I had such a document, but it turns out it expired, so I need a new one. And that's the thing, it's such a document that's very hard to get when there's no Latvian embassy or consulate anywhere in near 1000 kilometers of me.
So, now I have to live as an illegal immigrant for at least few months it'll take me to get that kind of paperwork from my home country. I can't afford to simply fly back, but I also can't afford to NOT WORK!
TL;DR: Didn't get visa because red tape, need more time and money to get visa.
We did it! Yesterday, at 16:00, me and my fiancee finally got married. And it wouldn't have happened without you guys! Really, thank you all!
Turns out for a foreigner getting married is really expensive, so it's really good that we received a bit more than we originally needed. There were multitudes of expenses. First, I had to get a new birth certificate from my home country, since my old one was from Soviet Union times and no longer valid. Then I had to get it approved by APOSTILLE and then translated to Spanish and that then too approved by APOSTILLE. Then express-mailed to here. It's a long way. After that, we had to hire a lawyer, a notary and a translator because of all the bureaucracy here. My wife could've translated the process to me, but turns out by law you can't have anyone related to you or fiancee translate the process for you. So, a LOT of money had to go into the paperwork. And there's more paperwork to do, as I still need to get the permantent residency visa, and that's not gonna be cheap. And then the rings. Sadly, we couldn't get them on time, they're only gonna be ready on 17th, but they're a lovely pair of rings with simple engravings. And for a bonus, we had a lovely short wedding dinner at Denny's. The whole wedding didn't last for more than 4 hours.
Seriously, if we hadn't received the donations, we couldn't have made it. I want to thank you all personally.
I want to thank:
my friend Vix
and Nina Martin
You all made this happen and I don't know where I would be right now without all of your help. After all, it wasn't only for love that we wanted to get married, but for me not to be extradited from the country I currently reside in. I have another shot at life now, thanks to you all.
edit: forgot to add, because of the donations, I also afforded a cheap suit for the wedding. It doesn't fit me perfectly sadly, but it still looks really nice and I'll be able to finally for the first time look presentable for job interviews. Maybe that's why I haven't been lucky with finding a job because I had to go to interviews in beat up jeans and shirts?
As you might remember, the last time I left you all, I...well, my whole family was getting kicked out of our apartment because we couldn't pay the debts we had accumulated. Well, a lot of things both good and bad happened between now and then. Starting with the bad news is that, well, my dad got jailed for 3 years. I'll never go into specifics, but I'll say, desperate times called for desperate measures, or so did my dad think. Obviously, I'm depressed and hurt about this every day, as I love my father and he's very old and weak, I just hope he won't just die there (or worse, be killed) . We didn't have money to spend on a good lawyer, we sold so many of our possessions just to be able to get ANY lawyer at all, it's crazy.
As for the good news, I was able to move out once again. My family has a place to stay still back in Latvia, but I had to find a place, and a few months back my long distance girlfriend helped me move into her place....in San Salvador, Central America. Yeah, it's pretty far from home, and yes, it's not the most well off country either, as most people here are trying to escape to U.S., but at least it's something, and I'm happy to be alive, under a roof and together with her.
And for even more good news, we're planning to get married. We don't have a lot of money between us, in fact, I'm actually still very much so completely broke, so we will not have a ceremony or a party sadly. But I still am very excited about it nonetheless.
With lots of love,
Bruno & Marcela
First of all, thanks to all who helped me before. With your all help, I was able to have a bit of a stock of medicines that should last me for a bit. Though while I got enough L-Thyroxine, I still need to get Esomezaprolum, so I can function without having to stop for stomach pain every now and then. But at least I think my sleepiness is getting better.
Sadly though, something else happened. Due to our financing (rather the lack of it), I have to move by the end of the month. While I already have a place to move, I'm moving in with somebody really important to me who was kind enough to want to help me, I still need finances for the move and for the first few months to live immediately. Seems like life really likes to throw me around places >.>". First Norway, now home too. And seeing as how I'm still unemployed, I....just don't know what to do. The good thing is that the area I'm moving, it might actually have a job for me (YAAY!) and I'd be so happy if I could start working and take care of myself, I need to be able to GET to that point.
I really hope things in the future will turn up brighter. It has been nothing but dark things happening to me and my family lately.
Long story: Well, as you might know, in December 31st with the help of my friend Vix I moved from Latvia to Norway, in hopes of having a jump-start on my life, starting anew, finding a job and helping my family back home. Things didn't turn out that great.
While I lived there for a while, being with such incredible people really changed me in many ways, and I gained a lot of self-confidence and stuff, and the experience living there was just amazing and I'm forever thankful for that. But I didn't come there to have fun and games, I actually went there to do something with my life, to escape poverty. I was looking for a job, but other people had different ideas...
In a world of globalization, where people move freely from country to country, I guess there are still tons of people left who hate people from different countries and cultures. Such was a case with me. Even though I was as polite as possible to everyone, the neighbors living there didn't take kindly of the fact that a non-Norwegian was living there, and so didn't my friends apartment's owner. So, naturally, me being the immigrant I was, I was quickly thrown out and told I can never live there again. Yaaay.... :/
So, without any other option of where to live, I am now forced to be back in Latvia, again, in deep poverty, jobless and educationless. Situation's so bad right now that I haven't been able to afford my thyroid medicine, or my anti-depressants any more for many weeks now, and buying any kind of food is increasingly difficult too. Not talking even about bills and debts and such. My friends are actively trying to search for other options where I could stay in Norway, but at this point, the possibility of finding anything is slim.
Hello my dear followers.
Yes, I only just yesterday finally got the actual plane ticket. I'm finally moving from Latvia to Norway. For at least 3 months in the beginning.
Usually people wouldn't be so excited/stressed/whateverthisis about plane tickets and flying somewhere, but this is not simple tourism for me. This is a life-changing event. Or so it should be. Even if I don’t really succeed with the jobbies, it's not only about that, but also about improving myself as a human, my personality and trying my best to get rid of all my worst traits.
Update: I'm gonna update more about life in Norway in my Tumblr blog: darkdex52.tumblr.com/post/7196…
Disclaimer: Sorry all English speaking people, but this journal is for people living in my country only.
Sveiciens visiem Latvijā dzīvojošajiem!
Cerams ka vismaz kāds no maniem sekotājiem šeit ir arī no šīs valsts un vēl nezin, kas īsti ir ClubLatvia . Ja ir vismaz viens (yay!), tad ļauj man tev pastāstīt.
ClubLatvia ir DeviantART Latviešu mākslinieku kopiena. Visdažādāko mēdiju mākslinieki no visdažādākajām vietām, kuri pat dažreiz, reizi 1-2 mēnešos (dažreiz pat biežāk) satiekas kopā dzīvē, parasti Folkklubā "Ala" lai papļāpātu par visdažādākajām lietām, mākslu, spēlēm, filmām, u.t.t. Notiek galda spēles un kollabi. Vārdu sakot, es vēlētos lai tu, šī žurnāla raksta lasītājs, padomātu, varbūt ir labāk nevis sēdēt mājās, bet satikt jaunus cilvēkus kam kopīgas intereses !
Pats eju uz Devmītiem jau aptuveni no 2012. gada vasaras. Pirmā reize bija diezgan bailīgi, bet tomēr jautri ir bijis vienmēr, tāpēc esmu turpinājis apmeklēt šos devmītus. Nākamais, kas norisināsies 7. Decembrī gan varētu būt mans pēdējais uz kādu laiku, jo ja viss izdosies kā plānots, tad jau Ziemassvētkus svinēšu Norvēģijā kur pavadīšu vismaz nākamos 3 mēnešus.
Ja ir interese, tad 7. Decembrī pulksten 14:00 būs bariņš (cerams bariņš) cilvēku pie Laimas pulksteņa. Vairāk informācijas var atrast šeit: clublatvia.deviantart.com/jour…;
I guess I have a lot to say and nobody to really say it to, so I'll just say it here. I just need some place to vent (haha, get that picture now?) and when I tried to do it with my friends, they started to draw comparisons with Sad Larry from Cyanide&Happiness. It makes me feel pretty shitty when I remind people of Sad Larry only because I wanted somebody to vent to...
Anyway, I'm back from BUCK 2013! Yaaay! It was a very, very fun trip, I'd have to say most fun I've had in my 23 years of life. The MLP:FiM convention itself wasn't nearly as much important for me as it was meeting my friends who I so far have only seen through Skype video-chat screens. It was such a pleasant feeling (a bit awkward at first though) and everyone's so awesome I don't think I really have any words to describe it all. The whole thing was so awesome, that I completely forgot to use my camera at all during the whole thing, only a little bit during the Summer Sun Celebration, which was a brony music concert before the convention. The SSC was awesome.
The convention and the trip was so awesome that I guess as soon as I returned home and was immediately faced with all these problems we have it felt so much heavier and harder to take them. It almost felt like a blow to the head with a baseball bat or an empty bottle (I know how that feels and it's painful, very very painful).
Now, remember everyone, I'm not asking for any help whatsoever. I just needed to vent. First problem was that we found out we're missing 92 LVL (roughly 130 euros) from my dad's bank account. We already went to the bank and they said they can't help it, so we'll try the company that shows up in the transaction results and hope, really really hope they give us back the money. We're a family that is financially struggling, so 130 euros is roughly over half a months budget for us. But as they say in Latvia, bad luck doesn't come alone. A few days ago my mom tripped and injured her foot. Luckily, nothing was broken, though I don't know why I said luckily, since it might've been better if some bone was broken than the tendons being ripped apart. She needs to rest at home for AT LEAST a month, which means only 75% of wage during medical leave and no money at all for the first 3 (or 5?) days, which leaves the 4 of us with roughly 30-40 euros for the whole month before the month has even started.
It is a serious though nuggies situation right now.
But it's all right, I've found a solution. My mom wanted to go back to job next week already with the whole injured foot (which could result in the foot getting fucked up for the rest of her life), so this is really my only option. I'm going to sell my camera and my lenses to pay off all bills and buy food for us this month. Or at least try, since my camera isn't worth THAT much anymore. But it does effectively mean I'm giving up on art. I don't know if permanently or only temporarily until I will be mysteriously able to find a job and afford a new one... But you won't be able to see anything from me for at least a couple of years that's for sure.
Aaaaand that's it I guess.
Oh, I also did lose my hat during the trip to Manchester. It was the deviantART I.D. box hat and I loved it so much :< . The BUCK staff members did find it, but at this point I can't really afford the 3.50£ to ship it back to me.
Anyway, thanks for listening to me vent, if anyone even got this far. I appreciate it. I needed this. Thanks.
I just took few new photos and put them in Tumblr and wanted to share with you here.
Leave comments here if you want to see any one of my art piece on Tumblr here (not just from this photoset), in DeviantART. I still can't decide which one to put here and which one not to...
Just wanted to tell you that ever since I've joined Tumblr, it has become a bigger thing for me. Basically, I upload all of my new art directly there and use it for a kind of testing grounds. If I see it becoming noticed at all, I do consider uploading it to my DeviantART gallery too, if it's up-par in quality. I also follow some really fun people there, both from real life and online.
So, if you're interested in seeing what's going on, check it out.
Here's some art from it. I may or may not put it up in here one day.
Also, remember to send me Asks ^^. I don't get any yet, but it'd be cool if I did!
See ya there!
There were tons of people cosplaying, posing, taking photo-shoots, acting funny and generally having tons of fun. I had fun too. It was a sight to see (especially since I'm an anime fan too).
I don't know which, if any, photo's I'll ever upload here, but you can all see them at my Tumblr blog. Just press on the badly cropped out Itachi to see more
- Mood: Joy
- Listening to: Quietdrive - Rise from the Ashes
- Eating: Out of milk, so just water
I got 2 things to rant about.
#1: I had a phone, a rather old HTC Desire. I bought it used of course, and since I bought it for real cheap, it was without any papers. Turned out the phone had a defect, it went into a boot-loop when it overheated (which was easy to do, just start any video/game/CPU intensive app and wait 10 seconds). Well, that was ok with me, I just didn't do anything on it. I had contacted HTC in UK about possible warranty and they said that they'll accept the phone without papers and warranty is until 15th march 2013 (this was more than a year ago). I clearly forgot that I talked to UK and that usually people/companies that aren't in Latvia are usually much nicer <.< ...
Well, the phone died last week, so I decided it'll be ok, I'll bring it in for repairs and I'll have it back better than before . Contacted HTC, said that Latvia has now a official company that does HTC warranty repairs. Bring it there, they take it and called me yesterday. "Sorry, but we diagnosed your phone, it's a faulty motherboard and we won't fix it without papers. If you want, you can opt for a out-of-warranty repairs and it'll cost you 200$". ...a brand new Desire costs 160$ and used ones go for like 100$ >.> .
So yaaay, lucky me, I'm broke, without a phone, don't see myself affording a new one anytime soon. Or anytime at all...
#2: My internship at CSDD started this Monday from the courses (no-pay internship). I went there on Monday, worked all day, was feeling quite ill by the end of the day. Next morning, huge temperature, coughing, sneezing, etc. Now I'm down with the flu and I barely worked 1 day at the internship. Just my luck. Well, not that it matters, they don't keep people after internships end anyway and it's a no-pay internship required by the unemployment courses I go to.
Sorry for the long rant.
- Mood: Hurt
- Eating: Pills