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I first discovered deviantART in 2004 when a friend's boyfriend was uploading some of his photography on here.  I joined shortly after Christmas and loved how I could escape into a world of incredible images and inspirational artists.  I quickly discovered dAmn and #devart and #whores became my little corner of the internet that I could call home. 

It's Lonely in the Moon by netghost  Newton's Apple by duhcoolies  

After a couple of years and a few devMEETs, I was asked to join the team of MN@ and got the chance to work with some fucking brilliant people and have some of the best times.  fourteenthstar introduced me to Porcupine Tree and an obsessive love affair with their music began.

Butterfly Blue by kuschelirmel  

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icepaint by nikosalpha
  The World is Mine by canbayram

Fast forward nine years and so much of my life has changed.  I live in a different city, have been in a relationship for four years and have a full time job.  I hardly come on here anymore and I listen to Porcupine Tree even less but I will forever be grateful to dA.  I had crippling depression for so many years and the love and warmth from individual people and the community at large undoubtably saved my life.  

I have no idea what the future holds for dA and I'm not as invested in the place as I once was but I hope that somewhere out there, another miserable young person is discovering through thumbnails and lines of code that life can be so very, very beautiful. 
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nikosalpha Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Photographer
B0nkers Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Awwiee! That was lovely, StephPeff! I miss you on here but I completely understand your reservations and real life can be very demanding. Stay cool.
shuttermonkey Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
fourteenthstar Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
That was a lovely read, Steph. I very much associate Porcupine Tree with you (and zilla774). I rarely listen to them these days either, but like both of you, they will always hold a special corner in my heart, right next to Steve Wilson's carpet, bare feet and swooshy hair. :heart:
leaf-lover Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014

Swoooosh. :D
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