Wha?! I got a Daily Deviation?! Holy crap, dudes. That's some fantastic validation, there. And while there was some criticism to the piece, I found it extremely amusing that the critics did not realize that I was not the photographer, but the MODEL. So, all ye who would note things like the exposure or the focus or the cropping? Not my department.
My department? My face. My body. My awesome hair (yes, I color it myself). My choice of swimsuit. My ability to respond to direction. Yeah, those are mine. All of which contributed in no small part to this photo and others in this gallery by different photographers.
Anyway, thank you, everyone who came to congratulate me. Thank you doubly and triply to the person who nominated me. I am so grateful for your appreciation. So much of the time, as an artist, one produces work and receives little to no feedback for it. One's art can stall in its growth, and one gives up on it, thinking it dead. Feedback, positive or negative, always leads to growth. Thank you all for keeping my art alive!