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Journal Entry: Fri May 2, 2014, 9:40 AM
what is STREET photography - Streets of Athens

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so it can reach as many deviants as possible.

This journal is dedicated to the most special person I've met in dA
who also happened to take care of the Street gallery during the last 12 months,
as a small gift, or another way of saying "thank you". Or rather
"Grazie! :glomp:"


zebra by myraincheck


"Being a great street photographer doesn't make you a great street CV. That's I'm sure something that the dA staff is well aware of. It REQUIRES to be a great street photographer, but it takes a lot of other skills:
- Accept to spend a lot of time, finding the hidden gems of this huge community, browsing hundreds of images every day, fighting the overdose, and keeping a fresh eye. If I look at the exposure that the recent Street DD awardees had prior to receiving this DD, I am very happy to see that a lot of them were highly underrated. Mary has shed some light on people who were unknown to most.
- Having other connections to Street photography outside this community, to avoid macerating in one single community culture. Through her journals, though her reading that she was sharing with us, Mary kept bringing high quality papers to educate and open the debate
- Being geared with super powers to justify everyday the relevance of the chosen daily deviation. I have followed some of these battles that Mary has fought, full of jealousy, bitterness, rudeness, ignorance. She found the right words, being polite with the jerks, justifying her choices, finding ways to use humor where most would have only dreamt of smashing the opponent.
Of course, I could be selfish and say that I need a handkerchief because I don't want to change CV, but I have also a greater fear: See Mary relieved from that burden, and not being willing anymore to fight the overdose of daily images. It is time for her to be selfish, use her time to pet the camera rather than the computer mouse, but I still hope that she will be around to bring smiles on my face with her fantastic and original images, her humorous and elevated comments and her well documented journals!"

Mirror Mirror by myraincheck


"Mary will be missed as the street CV as she has done such an incredible job.
I don't know how she finds the hours in a day to bring up a family, work full time, take photos, edit AND fulfill her duties as the CV to such a high standard.
Her photos have always been an inspiration to me, she certainly has her own vision and doesn't just trot out the same stuff, she is always exploring new avenues of creativity.
And, of course, and I know everyone would agree,
she is such a delightful person too - The Sweetheart of dA - we all love her!"

XXX by myraincheck


"Few photographers inspire me more than this amazing woman. There so many ways to take great photographs but perhaps the truly great ones are created before they are actually taken, - inside the head of their creators. And my God does this woman have a brain that knows how to see. It is as if she found a secret entrance into Plato's shadow world. Well, maybe I should talk about her work as CV rather than as a photographer. "Thank you" are two majestic little words when they come together, but they seem a bit futile when summing up her contribution to dA's street shooters. Nevertheless, thank you for all you have done!"

Fallen Mask by myraincheck


"what can I say... that is, Mary is a generous and curious CV. she is a deep, intense, person and photographer... she knows how to capture the "happy" moment...
working with her is relaxing"

meals on two wheels by myraincheck


"First of all, let me say that Mary did excellent job as a street CV. She is not just a nice person and a considerable street photographer but most of all I think she's a great mentor and a source of inspiration. Through her journals and other publications the street community on deviantart has received more than a handful of new ideas, thoughts and views. Mary has always been there for all of us. I'll be watching her, following her work, listening to her and reading her journals. I suggest you do the same."

Barbababy by myraincheck


"Mary's photographic approach is sophisticated, clever, and emotionally powerful. She's has a keen eye for uncovering mundane scenes and somehow extracting beauty out of these every-day scenes.
Equally impactful is Mary's dedication to her work as a CV here on dA. Her many educational journals have impacted many of us and have taught us many important aspects of (street) photography as well as made us think about the purpose of street photography and its ethical implications.
Mary will be missed! "

Romeo and Juliet by myraincheck


"What can I say about our immensely talented friend, Mary Cimetta, that hasn't already been said before?
Thank you for being such an awesome Community Volunteer. You are a rockstar!! "

hair-raising by myraincheck


"-Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything with the way you see them.- Eliott Erwitt
For me, Mary's photography is eaxctly this. Her images offer a glimpse into her way of looking at the world and are full of surprise and emotion.
Thanks, Mary, for offering your time and energy to the street community. Thanks for inspiring us all and for being who you are."

The man that dreams to fly by myraincheck


"When Mary took over as the Street gallery CV in this site, I knew she would do a great job. She did much more than that! She did an amazing, fantastic, incomparable job, with a dedication and passion I doubt anyone else will show. She motivated and showcased everyone who shoots street in this site and her journals can be used as references by everyone who wants to find out what "street" is and how "street" is done. She put countless hours during her time, to promote the genre either as the Street CV, or as a Yard administrator, or as an amazing and inspirational photographer. And I'm happy and proud of having met her. Not so much for what she did for "street", but for being an irreplaceable, valuable friend, a tireless, unpretentious teacher with a sharp eye, a reliable co-administrator, an endless inspiration and most of all an amazing person, a truly one of a kind lady."

Have a nice weekend.

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JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
A fabulous and well deserved endorsement of the lady and what she did and achieved and continues to do so for street photography on DA and beyond...great feature! :+fav:
pariah87 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
djailledie Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for putting that together, Stam! Great selection of Mary's image. For me, seeing again this last image makes me read it differently. 
JACAC Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
c o n g r a t u l a t i o n s . t o . Mary . t h a t . i . h a v e . t h e . g r e a t . p l e a s u r e . t o . m e e t . i n . p e r s o n . l a s t . m o n t h . a t . Bologna :hug:
batmantoo Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey Internet Street Photography Communities, we've got Mary Cimetta... who have you got?! :D

... and if you got Mary Cimetta too, you got our Mary!

It is wonderful to have met you here, Mary. :)
myraincheck Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
batmantoo Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
noahsamuelmosko Featured By Owner May 4, 2014   Photographer
great feature, Mary is a star! :)
NunoFigueira Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
:bow: :hug:
Batsceba Featured By Owner May 3, 2014   Photographer
EarthHart Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Mary deserves it all :#1:
Vermontster Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
__:w00t:__Mary is the best!
EricForFriends Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
Sorry, Mary myraincheck and StamatisGR for missing the opportunity to add my praise and thanks! :(

It one thing to excel as a Street photographer, but to be a good Street CV as well... awesome, and we've all benefited from it. There's the comfort that we can (hopefully) still benefit from her feedback, encouragement, photographic knowledge, sense of humor and inspiration. If I only speak for myself, I can say that she helped to find back the joy of Street for me.
Plus, she kicks ass. :|

kick-ass shoes by myraincheck
myraincheck Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
thank you so much, Eric :hug:
EricForFriends Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
You're welcome, Mary! :aww:
arslanalp Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great idea, well done.

She is exceptional
touchofthesoul Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wonderful journal!
IrynaFedorovska Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely agree with these words! Mary is a wonderful person and amazing photographer who has ability to teach and inspire others!
Thank you for this journal Stam!
Thank you Mary!
myraincheck Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
oh my....what a touching journal :tears:
Thank you so much, my dear Usual Suspects, for your kindness, your support and your friendship. I am deeply grateful.
Now, don't you worry, you are not getting rid of me. I have plans for the Yard (you should start worrying) and since that in the past year I discovered a talent for writing (yeah, right :lol: ), I have new series of journals in mind. The good thing is that I will be able to do things at my own pace.
As for the rest, I will be around for you as before my CV year, and most likely more than during my CV year.
Thank you thank you thank you!
PEN-at-Work Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
R.I.P. ;)
StamatisGR Featured By Owner May 2, 2014   Photographer
Take it easy with that pace, will you? :D
I have plans for the Yard as well. Like fancying you as the next captain :evillaugh:
who should start worrying now? =P
I guess i won your first fuck off, now :lmao:
J/k, i was :tears: myself
myraincheck Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
sure, you re-upload as CV, and I will take over the captain place :lol:
I do intend to take it easy and not get burned out again :nod:
myraincheck Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Anoya Featured By Owner May 2, 2014   Photographer
Such a great gesture! :aww:
Canankk Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Such a wonderful journal! :clap: :clap: Mary is a great photographer with a great sense of humour and intellegence. I always appreciate her free mind, variety of her selections - I believe that so many dA street photos will be remembered in the future, as we admire the good ones of the past - and her warm personality.
Thank you Stam for this warm journal :heart:
Thank you Mary :heart:
Elerko Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap :happybounce: Love Love Love 
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
great stuff!
myoung4828 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
What a fabulous and dedicated photographer. Her commentaries were scholarly, I never saw a mediocre image from her.
Trippy4U Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Great journal, such an awesome and talented person :cheers: by Davidgtza2
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