So yesterday I've got a long anticipated message from "support" that my photo #1000 has been added to the database.
Here are they all gathered for 10.5 years of my membership: https://www.airliners.net/search/phot...photographersearch=Sergey%20Kustov
However, now I have to tell my recent decision: I stop my uploads since this day.
I will not be raising any topics concerning screening process and so-called "double standards" here. This has already been discussed many times by many members and is well known to everyone who uploads photos.
My decision is dictated mostly by my personal issues. For the recent period I have started to notice that I adhere too much to photo processing flow that is considered a standard process to let a photo be accepted to A.net. However this process cannot be applicable to every photo that I take. I want to leave some freedom for creativeness, searching newer angles, not standard ones, looking wider, not just in the way of tight crop that is good for A.net. Another issue is much advertisement on the site, a thing that gets more and more annoying. I realize this is probably the main way to get some income from A.net for Demand Media however for me, a long-time member who knows what A.net used to be like in the past, it is not a pleasant thing.
My membership has brought much to me - joy when the photos I wanted to publish were finally accepted, disappointment when I was getting rejections. I had many Top 5 photos, a number of Photographer's Choice awards. Many things to remember, actually. Now I want to thank the team for their time. I was one of many photographers but I know much time was spent for screening my works and considering appeals along with others.
I was not an active forum member here but I made many new contacts with very good people from all over the world and this is another reason I want to thank A.net for.
Strictly speaking, I will be a member of A.net in future as I'm keeping my account and photos in the database and I'm going to follow what is going on here from now and on.
Probably I shouldn't make an event from all this but I think it's a good case to share my thoughts with those who wants to read them. If someone thinks in a different way, please feel free to share your opinions. I will not take any offense.
My best regards,