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Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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23 Jul 2008 11:45AM   Views : 386 Unique : 315

Over the last seven years I've had a roller coaster of emotional experiences with communication with this online world.
Prior to here I worked in publishing, and the only experience you got was the occasional letter from "Mr Angry from Tunbridge Well" and a rare praising letter.
Before that I was in retail and you got a mixed bag. The worst being the occasional ranter who had no idea how to complain but stamp their feet and shout. Or the type who exposed their film twice through the camera by accident and then blamed the processing lab for developing both films on one. We rarely ever knew about personal problems, traumas, life events, health issues etc that can cause emotional roller-coaster.
Here on ePHOTOzine we have an incredibly open forum and very good community so you get to become part of the crowd. I should step back and edit but I get wrapped up in it all too, which I guess is a good point, in that ePHOTOzine is not a faceless site like many.

I get to hear about the joys of new born, the happiness that our site has been life-changing, weddings, meetings, life experiences, friendships, fun stuff etc. We see the forum posts, sense the smiles, and join in to enjoy the moments.
The downside is that I have to cope with someone who's so depressed they are threatening to take their life or to be called a Nazi because someone doesn't agree with decisions we make. We see all the ups and downs and irrational behaviour of those who's lives depend on anti depressant tablets. When things are great we get the elation, but when things are down we take the brunt of the problem. We see bullying, aggression, and many of the horrible sides to people's characters.

Do I care? Yes. That's why I'm wrapped up in it all - I get upset when someone I've grown to know leaves and delighted when they return. I get frustrated when we are trying to help but get attacked for whatever reason.

I also become emotionally affected. Several months ago I read that one of our members, who was a keen hiker, could no longer walk (through old age). He could barely sit at his computer so his ePHOTOzine experience had almost ended too. I do not know the person (apart from seeing pics on epz) but, as an occasional walker, it hurt to read.

I sometimes wish I could separate myself from it all. I'd have more time to write articles and share my knowledge. I made a concious effort to do just that at the beginning of this year...but by Jan 2nd I was engrossed in the forums dealing with some issue.

The blog takes us a stage further into the real world of ePHOTOzine - a community I'm very proud to be part of...most of the time.

Tags: Life Community


conrad 13 10.9k 116
23 Jul 2008 12:11PM

Quote:ePHOTOzine - a community I'm very proud to be part of...most of the time

Sad to see the founder of the community add that last part. But I do understand how you would come to feel this way.

I suppose being more detached would help emotionally, but then it would probably also make you less passionate about your work. And as with everything in life, it's likely that you can't have both!

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Shutterbybaby 10 529 England
23 Jul 2008 12:53PM
People are strange lol, wonderful complicated things on the positive side (which i always try my best to see) is how obvious it is that you care not only for ephotozine but for the people here, not just from this blog but in your day to day interaction with us.If this site was run by someone who looked on this site as strictly work or a business then it wouldnt have done as well, so although you have had to deal with some unpleasantness and will undoubtedly have to deal with more try and remember the good times past present and future will outweigh the rest!
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
23 Jul 2008 5:09PM

Are you wondering what that is........................it's a hug!! Smile

I am one of those sad little people, who used to spend my time sat in a chair watching the box. Now I have an interest in life. I go for long walks with my camera and I've made lots of new friends (although I've never met them!). This site is stuffed with people who care, with just a few moaners sprinkled amongst them. You made this site what it is, YOU have managed to give me something to fill my life.......................as you fend off the malcontents, never forget there are loads of us waiting to back you and whatever decisions you make. No other site (yes, I confess I have looked!) is like this one and I for one plan to stay!
Strobe 10 1.3k United States
23 Jul 2008 5:23PM
People are strange and temperamental but I think that that is one of the things that makes this a great site, people actually care and it is a good community. Yes there are rants and insults on the forms but it seems people actually do make up and do help each other.

I think that my photography has increased a lot since I started a year ago and I owe it all to Ephotozine. I received invaluable knowledge going to EPZ meetings, people have always assisted in the forums and even via personal messaging I have been introduced to new friends. Smile

LisaRose 11 172 4 United States
27 Jul 2008 6:46AM
I was very touched by what you wrote, mainly I think because I can relate so much. I think people who are so passionate about what they do, are passionate in all areas of their life. So here's a hug my friend, you have impacted so many peoples lives in a positive way, thank you for that.

IanA 14 3.0k 12 England
1 Sep 2008 10:52PM
Well, I'm not hugging you! Wink

However, the site, your site, has provided more fun and purpose, along with not a little determination, to more folk than you ever realise. The fact that you stick at it and manage to stay (almost) sane is one of the things that I admire about you.

The moaners and destructive critics may be loud, but they are a tiny proportion of the folk that vist this site.

Just don't crack up! Wink


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