I'm considering leaving Ello. I used to be happy with this little enclave of photographers and artists but I have gradually become less so. I'm still horrified by the omission of Jewish artists from the Charlottesville initiative. More than that I'm saddened by the complete apathy of Ello users to the irony and antisemitic implications of making a initiative in response to Nazi rallies on American soil. Rallies where the phrase "Jews will not replace us" was chanted and yet with that direct threat of violence it was not Jewish community members who received recognition or support.
I have also been displeased with Ello's redesign. Where Ello once was a place where unknown artists could get recognized and featured. That is no longer the case. Yes new artists get designed as featured and emails are sent to give new contributors a boost but since the redesign being featured is virtually meaningless because they're no longer shown on the homepage. What is given attention on the homepage are new initiatives and projects that are already receiving recognition.
I'm also just not sure what there is on Ello for fine artists like myself as the focus appears to be more and more graphic art and photography for commercial purposes.
Lastly, for me personally, I just don't like the aesthetic that is being promoted. Time after time I look over winning art submissions and the nighttime shots of empty gas stations, the digital attempts of creating 3-d shading in a 2-d medium are things I thought I'd left behind as a first year art student. and more to my point that kind of art is very much not to my taste.
I haven't been posting much as of late and now anyone who bothers to read this will know why.
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