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New eBook Demons with Poetry by Mikhail Lermntov

New eBook Demons with Poetry by Mikhail LermntovNew eBook Demons with Poetry by Mikhail Lermntov


We make picture books, usually for the kindle, although some of them we will print up from time to time. This year we are kicking off some changes in how we do eBooks based on the feedback we got from customers over on Amazon. There is nothing better than a good review, and even a marginal review can offer some good insight into the book.


You can purchase the book Demons here.


The biggest issue (3+ reviews) was that we didn’t include any text in our picture books. Rather we just focused in on the art, but that was not quite what people were looking for we started going through some of the older books, finding amazing stuff written around the turn of the century, the 1800’s to be precise and we found this amazing author Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov, a Russian poet and play writer. He is a lot like Edgar Allen Poe, and you know if you are into horror Goth hopelessness then Poe is your guy.


We had been working on a number of demon pictures, and decided to marry the two together.


The book of poetry that was used for this book was written in 1918 with the original poetry written before 1840. The document we used scanned by the Internet Archive. The book in its entirety reads like a play, and in some ways was probably meant to be a production piece. The Publisher of the original book was Douglas and Foulis of Edinburg after being translated by Robert Burness.


Mikhail Yurievich Lermontov was a fascinating person to read about. Essentially a rebel he was exiled on multiple occasions by Czar Nicholas for being irreverent. He seems like the kind of person that would do well in this day and age.


By no means did we use the entire book, we picked and chose what we thought would work best as an accompaniment to the pictures we had produced. There is something elegant about Victorian Poetry that sums up that age of steam, science, and the holding onto fairy tales, demons, faeries, and other assorted phantasmagoria that ran rampant through the common person as the age of science began to take root and take hold of mans thinking. As the Witch Craft delusion began to fade, so did the mystery of the countryside. Along with the loss of demons, we also lost the fae and the magical countryside.


You can read the book in its entirety from the Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/demonthe00lermrich and it is worth working through the archaic language to understand that this was written 170 some odd years ago, and printed 100 years ago. It is worth reviving older books long past copyright so that the art, the words, the emotions and the feelings can be translated into more modern language while retaining the wonder, fear and hope of a long forgotten age.

It is time to talk about Smugmugs Terms of Service

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It is time to talk about Smugmugs Terms of Service

I love Smugmug – and just renewed for my 8th year there, but I have a problem. I can post nude, fine art nude, and other pictures just about everywhere else than Smugmug. Section 13 of the Terms of Service at Smugmug specifically forbids nudes; unfortunately I take them from time to time. I am also getting feedback from people who look at my Smugmug account that the pass wording system in place is tedious – they want instant gratification. Some professional photographers and many amateurs make their money off nude pictures. Tasteful or not, this is one of the ways of making money as a photographer.

I really want my Smugmug viewers to be happy – and while I post the password to certain galleries right in the description – many users do not read, so I get e-mails, which I have to answer and shoot them the password along the way. Tedious, boring, no instant gratification. The user sometimes is the lowest common denominator. We all have to live with with that.

However there is also a solution that other photo hosting companies have in place, one that would be good for Smugmug to emulate.  Flickr, Deviant Art, 500PX, Instagram, and many other photo sites have provisions for adult, fine art nude, or other works that could be offensive to some, but make money for the photographer. On all these systems you merely mark that they are restricted for nudity or whatever reason, then continue on with your upload.

It is well past time for Smugmug to fix this problem and open up a whole new avenue for photographers. While in private correspondence with Smugmug Support Heroes they said that as part of the discretionary portion of the policy they only enforce it when someone complains. That is a tenuous process; no one who is taking fine art nudes or fetish work knows when someone is going to complain.

This is one of the very few ways that Smugmug could be more competitive in the market. And it is a simple fix – new column in the database with 1, 2, 3 good, hot, oh my god this is nude, and then let the photographers simply mark their pictures as to if they are safe for work or not.

I’ll still stay with Smugmug for as long as they exist, but I would really like to see this small simple change be moved right into the board room for discussion. There are already fine art nudes and other works throughout the system. It is time to help photographers out on this one, people who take fetish, nude, fine art, and in some cases controversial works could benefit from this change to the system.

What say you Smugmug?



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