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TheBlueBus
Jo
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I'm on and off deviantart for quite some time now, oh well... ^^ I guess the reason for me to be here and do this is that I really love finding things, like the wonderful images that are all around and just need to be picked up. If I wasn't an atheist I'd thank god for the advent of digital cameras - sadly, mine seems to be very near the end of its lifespan. It is / was a Canon Powershot A620. I loved the fact that the display can be rotated to any angle, a feature that for some odd reason isn't very popular with camera designers, or so it seems.

Things I like-

Traveling, will do a long distance bike tour in the near future (*kick self*)...

Music: New Model Army, 16 Horsepower... Noir desir, Cohen, Waits, Van Zandt... Porcupine tree...

Here's the soundtrack for my gallery:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_Uvh_…
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOv8Rf…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM_XbF…
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nj-YND…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xXvZ3…

Movies: Man on wire, Exit through the gift shop, in a dream...

Books: This and that...

And thats that I guess. ^^

Oh wait: Things I don't like! :)

- Manga art (its all over the place, its 99.9% boring & by now I have it up to here)
- popstars / capitalism
- CCTV
- Bureaucracy. Even the word... brr...
- and loads more. If there was more plants, animals and nice people on the moon I'd live there.

Finally - Please do not use my images for anything you plan on publishing without asking first. Thank you. :)
So I haven't checked into dA for quite some time now. In all likelihood, there won't be many readers left from back in 2011, but what the heck: A new journal entry!

In my last entry in march 2011 I was ranting about politics and society in general, I said that I'd rather live 'in a small commune' than in this evil capitalist system.

That entry needs to be continued, because in fact that small (anarchist) commune is were I do live now.

It has been an exhausting two years, but a very rewarding process at the same time: We (about 20 people from all over the country) started this project, got to know each other extensively (lots of traveling to all the meetings every other week, and lots of social stress for me) and finally we bought a huge run-down farmhouse.

In January last year I moved in and that was when the work _really_ started.

The House is near collapsing and still can't be lived in, so we got a few smaller houses in the surrounding village, all cheap so they also needed a lot of work. Some of us live in trailers on the site, these needed to be isolated and equipped with heating for the winter. At the same time we started work on the farmhouse. Full assembly every week to figure out how _exactly_ we want to organize our commune and what _exactly_ do we want to achieve politically. In full assembly of course we have a principle of consensus, so every topic is discussed endlessly. We tried and use various methods to improve our (internal) communication structures and skills. We eat vegan and try to buy eco friendly stuff only . We have lots of people visit us to see if they want to join. We organize small festivals to attract new people. And lots more work, no to mention all the difficulties on social levels. Some people even left the project already (pretty normal I guess but still a lot of grief and hard feelings going with it).

Phew!

So all of this was (and really still is) quite exhausting. Nevertheless I'm feeling quite proud to have gone through all this and to be here now. Of course it was quite fun, too, I meet a lot of really nice people, and I've learned a lot about myself.

By October 2012, however, I felt pretty much burned out by this rollercoaster, deeply depressed, cold, in a state of social anxiety, I hardly left my shack for three months. After christmas I fled to the canary islands with a friend, we stayed with a small community of leftover Hippies in caves by a beautiful big lake in the mountains for three weeks, lived in a tent on the beach for another week. Pure heaven! And now, upon my return, I really feel like crawling out of my hole. I have a lot of new ideas, I'm looking forward to next summer (and to seeing where new year 2014 will find me).

I wish all of you (and myself) a happy 2013!

Hideout by TheBlueBus
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Gov't mule

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Carryn Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like what I see. If you ever do end up going for a long bike ride (I assume that is a bicycle and not a motorcycle) and you come to the US west coast, drop a note. We often give a place for bicyclists going along the Pacific coast.
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TwiggyArt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
VOTING BEGINS NOW October 1- October 15th!
Please Vote For CHICAGO ARTIST Candice Randall

At the End of every Raw Season (www.rawartists.org), they host an annual indie arts award show and call it RaWards! All of the artist who have participated in the raw season Feb-Oct are eligible to compete for the title Best of their craft & Win amazing Prizes!

Please vote for me for RAW Awards 2011 for Chicago! You can cast one vote per day per category.
First register, [link]
then go to[link]<- and vote on my profile! PLEASE PLEASE share & help me out!♥ Will only take a sec!

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3wyl Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations! On behalf of #ObscuredPhotos, one of your photos is featured here: [link]
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cheekymonkeyali Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
16 horsepower!!!

If you didn't know yet, you're featured over at the Yard :)
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TheBlueBus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I made the front page! Thanks a lot, that's really an honor! :woohoo:
And thanks for the watch of course! :hug:
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cheekymonkeyali Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
don't tell anyone, but yours was my favourite of the five ;)
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ap3xo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Photographer
Just thought i'd say - i really like all your stuff :)

I hope you'll have a look at mine but you don't have to (i'm not fishing for compliments)

I just like spreading the happiness and i know getting good feedback makes me happy so here's some happiness :3
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TheBlueBus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
why thank you! :) after looking up 'platypus' I'd say that's a pretty funny name you got there. :)
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ap3xo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Photographer
yeah it is :3

i like to be different lol but becoming different is becoming quite normal these days because so many people want to be different :D

i'm looking for a better camera because i'm thinking of doing a photography course, can you recommend a good camera? (not too cheap but not massively expensive) lol
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TheBlueBus Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm about to get a samsung EX1, I think that's a pretty good one especially if you like to take pictures in low light conditions. Its around 300 euros over here. I also was thinking about canon EOS 60D, picture quality would be better of course and the price seems to be quite OK for what it does (min. 1000,- Euro with lenses), but I'd have to haul around a big, heavy and expensive brick which I'm not quite ready to do (yet). If you're really on a budget - I currently use a canon powershot A620, and I really liked it, it took some pretty rough handling over the years and still basically working, it has a lot of manual control (there's even a nice firmware hack for it) and you can get it pretty cheap on ebay or some such place (should go for about 100,- euros). All these cameras have a screen that can be rotated which is a feature I wouldn't want to miss.
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