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I've not been submitting work to Deviant Art due to a number of reoccurring copyright infringements and theft of my work, originating from this site. I'm shocked by the lack of protection for artists on here, the staff seem unable to enforce any form of copyright law.

Really disgraceful.

How do you expect to promote exciting work, when in sharing it with the DA community, it is automatically subjected to rips and bastardisations.

I've reported all of the following:

carnal-spiral.deviantart.com/a…
azruliep.deviantart.com/art/Jo…
mcolussska.deviantart.com/art/…

- All existing examples of copyright infringement. There are many more, but for some inexplicable reason DA staff are unable to remove them. I've provided links to the originals - and if any admins would care to browse my gallery, they'd see very clearly that all works belong to me.

To clarify, for anyone who is thinking about ripping my work and submitting it as their own: ALL photography on lithiumfx.deviantart.com and www.fayethomas.com is the copyright of Faye Thomas and MAY NOT be reproduced, sold, published or used without permission. If you wish to reproduce my work on third party websites please contact me first - faye@fayethomas.com, or you WILL find yourself in violation of copyright law.

Respect the artist. Don't steal.

All rights reserved. © 2004-2012 Faye Thomas. www.fayethomas.com
  • Listening to: The Rare Vavoom - Heather Duby
  • Reading: Essays in Love
  • Watching: Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind
  • Drinking: coffee

I'm back

Thu Jan 28, 2010, 6:17 PM


So.... I'm back... slowly but surely... I now have a 5D MKII to play with... and I'm evolving my photography into the world of film making.... first preview test shoot here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWZnOG…

Many exciting things are brewing...

xxx

Much Love,
Ms. Faye
  • Listening to: The Rare Vavoom - Heather Duby
  • Reading: Essays in Love
  • Watching: Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind
  • Drinking: coffee

Creativity is coming

Mon Feb 16, 2009, 7:59 AM


Ok, it being nearly a two years since my last journal entry.... I'm starting again.

Exciting work is in the pipeline. Watch this space.

x

Much Love,
Ms. Faye
  • Listening to: Kings of Leon
  • Reading: The Time Traveler's Wife
  • Watching: The Wire
  • Drinking: Champagne

Rip Off

Mon Apr 9, 2007, 12:41 PM


Some jackass has taken it upon him or herself to rip off 'armour of the aesthetic'...  I guess that's what I get for submitting it to the saatchi gallery thing.

I've never really understood why some artists get so pissed off - I always thought it'd be something of a compliment to have people attempting to pass off your work as theirs.. but boy was I wrong. What an asshat. I'm fuming. Not so much that they've taken the image and hosted it somewhere entitling it 'project'... implying it's their work... but at the UTTERLY RUBBISH JOB they've done of ripping it off. I mean, ffs... if you're going to steal someone's work.. put pathetic little 'colour me in' transforms all over it and submit it as your own... you might as well do it well. This retard clearly has no sense of invention or creativity. The airbrush is done badly... demonstrating a total lack of talent or basic ability. Tuppence has a pink armpit ffs.

These kind of untalented gormless idiots who expect to get away with artistic plagiarism are the lowest of the low. Too bad to create their own work... and too retarded to even rip off someone else correctly.

PATHETIC.

img341.imageshack.us/img341/31…

If anyone knows who this asshat is... or happens to see any other examples of childlike rip-offs of that particular deviation - please drop me a note.

Much Love,
Ms. Faye
  • Watching: Desperate Housewives

I NEED YOUR VOTE...!

Fri Mar 23, 2007, 4:02 PM


I NEED YOUR VOTE! I Entered 'armour of the aesthetic' in the Saatchi Gallery Showdown.

UPDATE: ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT TO VOTE - EVERY VOTE COUNTS & IT ONLY TAKES ONE CLICK!!!

www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/show…

Armour of the Aesthetic by LithiumFX

Vote 10 and win a free pornographic fridge magnet*!

Thank you.. :D XXX


*nb: magnet may be invisible to the naked eye.

Much Love,
Ms. Faye
  • Watching: Desperate Housewives

Thank You!

Sun Feb 25, 2007, 12:27 PM


Thank you so much, everyone, for all the lovely comments and phenominal number of favourites on 'Armour of the Aesthetic'!

Armour of the Aesthetic by LithiumFX

It was a fantastic surprise to log on to DA and see that it'd been awarded with a Daily Deviation. So, thank you. Especially to isabelucha for suggesting me, and cweeks for featuring the photo. I'm afraid I don't have enough fingers to respond individually to all of the comments and faves that I've received... but thank you, it really does mean a lot to me! It's the second DD I've received since being a member, and the first one for a piece of photography - and it's really lovely to be surprised with such an overwhelming amount of positive feedback!

You guys rock. ;)

Much Love,
Ms. Faye
  • Watching: Desperate Housewives


I don't often like to devote keystrokes to Reality Television, let alone Big Brother. I despise the show... it panders to the very worst impulses of viewers towards either titillation or contempt for their fellow human beings. Producers exchanging the last remnants of human dignity for very easy cash... and nurturing a morbidly voyeuristic strand of human perversion. There is no redeeming quality about the genre, whatsoever. It's not entertainment. And we're all idiots if we believe it is.

But apparently a mass boycott is simply not going to happen - we're all far too deeply engrossed in car crash TV staring open mouthed and giggling with delight as fickle media careers are destroyed in a matter of minutes. So... as per the rest of the world - I've been reluctantly watching the events of the past week unfold on CBB...

Beauty queens and D list celebs revealing their nasty rotten underbellies... a testament to Britain's failing education system. Subconscious racism... maybe. Harmful, offensive and unacceptable displays of ignorance and bullying - most certainly. The nation looked on with embarrassment and disgust to see how the representatives for the British under 30s were behaving... politicians and public alike condemn and distance themselves from the idiocy.

So, I watched tonight's eviction - expecting to see a trial by fire. And instead we are privy to a nauseating hour long damage control special in which we see Jade make a horribly orchestrated apology to Shilpa, followed by what was clearly a coached and choreographed 'kiss and make-up session' in the diary room - the two girls cheerfully giggling away together in the style of an after school special...

Ugh...

Spontaneous and unscripted... MY ASS! The acting was appalling. Big brother are shameless - do they seriously expect us to fall for that..? This was then followed by a horribly cringeworthy session of Jade sobbing away in the diary room to the tune of "I'm really not a subversively racist ignorant moron... pity me..."

The eviction itself was an enormous let down too.

READ THIS - An accurate summation of the BB farce.

Everything is covered in this review by a guardian blogger - although I would like to add that the interview was clearly rehearsed and Jade was reading pre-written and rehearsed responses to Davina's questions from an autocue on the screen where they show the 'best bits'. (Her eyes stay fixed on the same point throughout most of the more difficult questions - and return to it after flickering up)...

All in all a disgraceful attempt by BB producers to airbrush what has been some of the most shocking and disturbing TV of 2007 so far. They've insulted the intelligence of their audience one too many times me thinks...


This is entertainment?

Much Love,
Ms. Faye

Adobe Lightroom

Fri Dec 29, 2006, 7:35 PM


I have just discovered this tool... and oh my god! It's absolutely brilliant. I cannot believe I hadn't heard about it before...

For those who, like me, were blissfully unaware of its existence: It's a very sleek digital darkroom with every feature that a photographer could want... and it's free to download.

labs.adobe.com/technologies/li…

Absolutely superb!

Screenshot:


Much Love,
Ms. Faye


I'm in need of some advice (as per usual)...

Question 1
Does anyone know of any cheap photographic studios in London that offer a small yet usable space suitable for portrait photography? If they have a large amount of good daylight, that's perfect - or if they rent out studio lighting cheaply, that also works...

Alternatively... If anyone has a medium to large sized spare room or a room which isn't used in the daytime - which has plain walls (no floral wallpaper) big windows and gets a large amount of sunlight - and isn't incredibly over cluttered (beds and furniture is fine)... would you be willing to rent it out to a poor starving photographer for an occasional photoshoot (Maybe once a week) lasting 1-4 hours. If so - please give me a shout. I can probably offer some kind of payment (Something in the vicinity of £10 - £25 which we can discuss) - depending on the client... I know it's not much, but at the moment I don't have enormous amounts of funds. There's also the added bonus of having attractive models and actors knocking on your door...

Question 2
Can anyone offer me some advice on appropriate studio lighting for 8x10 portraiture? I've read lots of blurb.. and it seems that flash/strobe is the norm... but beyond this I'm lost. And I can't seem to find any London based 'real' shops for walking into professing my ignorance and requesting help.. There are so many different brands and accessories.. as usual I am totally lost.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Much Love,
Ms. Faye

WEBSITE HOORAY..!

Sun Sep 24, 2006, 10:19 AM


Ok, so I have finally launched my website... hooray!

www.fayethomas.com


It's not amazingly designed... but my grasp of html is somewhat rusty. And I haven't decided how I'm going to display the gallery yet. Given that so many of you on here have brilliantly designed personal websites yourselves - any advice or critique would be greatly appreciated.

Also - thank you all very much for the lovely feedback on my recent work. :)

Freedom... At Last!

Sun Sep 3, 2006, 3:23 PM


I finally have my beautiful new DSLR. It's an eos 30D. She's very, very pretty. I've named her 'Lola'. I've only done three shoots with her so far.... and I've found myself getting incredibly carried away on both - I think they lasted on avarage about 5 hours each... (with tea breaks in between, of course)... but wow. It's so liberating to have a piece of equipment which is capable of capturing exactly what I want it to capture... it's... wonderful. :)

It's been a nightmare sifting through all the hundreds shots... but very satisfying to find ones which I really love. And many thanks to the excellent models Anna, Emma and Cat who were utterly wonderful to photograph...

Anyway, for those of you who don't know what the gallery button does... here are my new pieces of work done with the aid of the lovely Lola:


More to follow...

And next on the agenda is to make me a swishy new website for all my photography work doodahs... Watch this space...!

Much Love,
Ms. Faye

Lens Mania... [HELP!]

Mon Aug 14, 2006, 6:58 AM


After much thought, advice and deliberation... I'm going for the EOS 30D, however now I am faced with the issue of what lens to get? (I'm probably going to buy both from an actual high street store rather than a virtual one.... Just so that I have someone to shout at if it goes wrong...)

The main use will be portraiture.
Having good depth of field is important to me, too (ie: being able to blur the background without having to do post work - This is possible with my manual camera,  therefore it must be possible with digital lenses?)

The canon website states that the 30D is compatible with all EF/EF-S lenses and EX Speedlite flashes... of which there appear to be hundreds..... www.canon-europe.com/For_Home/…

I am utterly clueless when it comes to the different types of lenses which are available for digital cameras... I've no idea what the difference is between particular brands or what the terms or names of lenses imply... in short... HELP!

:?
At the moment I'm looking at getting this: Canon EOS 30D + EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Mkii Lens
+ www.jessops.com/Store/s12878/0… OR www.jessops.com/Store/s1123/0/… OR www.jessops.com/Store/s9739/0/…


...but obviously I have no idea what the benefits of each are, except for guessing that by the price - the second one must be pretty damn good. But I don't necessarily need that lens...

Oh the confusion!!!
...Please... advise me...!

Much Love,
Ms. Faye

Cameras.....

Sat Jul 8, 2006, 11:12 AM


Ok.... so, which would people recommend?

CANON EOS 30D
CANON EOS 20D
CANON EOS 350D/Rebel XT

...And why?

Much Love,
Ms. Faye

Emerging

Fri Apr 14, 2006, 6:55 PM


Well Hello Deviant Art,

It seems I am still alive after this evil winter. So, in keeping with this whole 'alive' affair... I'm submitting art, yes ART, again. Isn't it exciting? I'm also entering a local photographic competition in May and I will shortly be asking people to VOTE on which three deviations I should submit.

Whilst browsing through the 2,000 or so Deviant Watch submissions which had collected up in my absence - I found the following fabulous photographs which I think I shall share with you lovely people for those who are unaware how the favourite button works.

Ilona by ThreeLibras Hope and Fear:  Part I. by trinket

Mature Content

One Moment in Life by endzeittrauma

Mature Content

Behind the Glass by jesiel
:thumb4266572: :thumb4202223: :thumb29740234:

Two artists in particular have caught my eye during my recent DABrowsing - but both are pretty well established in this community and neither needs my support as publicity - but I'll link them anyway because their work is just so DAmn hot:

:iconthreelibras: & :iconjesiel:

I am also still looking for models to fill out my rather erratic collection of photographs (which has been laughingly termed a 'portfolio of work'), and will be advertising in libraries, schools, brothels, bars and hair salons. If you happen to live in West London and see one of my adverts - Please don't hesitate to give me a call. :D

I think that concludes my quarterly update. Happy end-of-winter everyone!

PS: YAY! I now have over 200 people watching me, how exciting... if slightly perverse. Hmmm... I wonder how many of these elusive 200 voyeurs will bother to read this journal entry. Tuppence says 10 of 'em, tops.
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Much Love,
Ms. Faye
  • Listening to: Chris Isaaks - Wicked Game

Hibernating

Mon Jan 2, 2006, 6:01 PM


Not dead.
Just hibernating.
I may emerge around February.
Thank you for all your support
And can someone please remember to feed my cat.

Thank you.

ps: Many thanks for the 1,000 views on Vanity & I've also resubmitted 'Malachite' as 'Eclipsed'.



And many apologies for the wonderful coments which I have read and not replied to... I will, eventually. I promise.

Much Love,
Ms. Faye
  • Listening to: Bright Eyes - Lua

Lights, Cameras, Christmas..

Tue Dec 20, 2005, 11:50 AM


Merry non-denominational holiday, folks...

Firstly, might anyone living in the london area know where one might be able to obtain photographic studio lighting equipment? Is there a wellknown shop where one can browse it? Can one obtain second hand equipment. I'm a complete novice in this area..

Secondly, I'm looking to get a new camera. Digital SLR. What is hot, right now? On a budget of up to £1,000... with upwards of 8mpx... what do people have and recommend? My current camera is just not doing the trick. It's mainly for portraiture stuff... bah. Any suggestions, recommendations welcome..

Thirdly, is anyone aware of any good photographic courses in the london area... part time or evening courses.. specifically in studio photography and portraiture..

More too follow when I'm feeling more literate.

Much Love,
Ms. Faye

Where has all the soul gone?

Mon Oct 24, 2005, 5:31 PM


I will continue to be fascinated and obsessed by the human form. Nature is magnificent and beautiful. It cannot be contested. But photographing simply what is there does not interest me. I want to capture moments. That's what it's all fucking about. The whole obsession with freezing time and people and emotions. That's all that matters to me. I can see hundreds of stunning landscapes and beautiful sunsets.. and at the end of the day, the only thing that will stick will be a single fluke face. It has to be real. Or real enough for me to believe it's real. I suppose the philosophy behind photography is not so dissimilar from the one behind acting. Capturing portrayals of reality in a desperate attempt to move someone. I wonder what that says about my personality?

Photography frustrates me so much sometimes. There is so much i would like to do. But find myself limited by equipment and location. It's infuriating.

I hate 'art' without a soul. I'm well aware that using the word art between inverted commas automatically places me in the category of pretentious twat, and I'm the first to admit that I am wholeheartedly a culprit of being one, at times. As are many of you who are flicking through this menial diatribe in the vague hope of finding something interesting or inspiring with which to construct a witty and intelligent response to. I hate music without a soul. In fact I loathe it. And the more I look around DA, the more the same is starting to apply. I can no longer fave work by certain artists because their style is so consistently the same, and panders to the same basic themes and exploitations.. that if I were to do so, I'd be lying to myself that I actually believed that the artist took it in attempt to capture something which excited them. Perhaps I'm being too general. Perhaps as a photographer, you don't need to feel engaged, passionate, excited or moved by your subject. Perhaps you can just construct a photograph with perfect lighting, a pretty girly, nice composition.. and hey presto. But I don't think it really works that way. Anything you get out of that is always going to be superficial, beautiful, but just a plastic gloss. It will never move anyone into staring at it for hours on end (yes, I have done this before) trying to absorb some ineffable quality that they can't quite define.

This morning I was looking at the cover slip for Dido's 'No Angel' album... and I became oddly hypnotized by the photography. So I checked out the photographer.. and it's a guy named Andrew Southam, who's taken shots like this:
Andrew Southam shot

and

<img src="www.andrewsoutham.com/celebrit…"  alt="Andrew Southam shot" />

It puts my self-indulgent nonsense into a bit more perspective.
However, I shall persist.

I want to capture some fucking soul, goddamnit!

So, in the interests of feeling inspired.. here are a few things I've managed to dredge out of the endless dribble of soulless deviant crap.. :)

The Blue bird was White by piratedollie Static and Dial Tone by strangle-the-stars :thumb22287828: :thumb23864695: :thumb13564327: There For Each Other by guitarjohnny Nothing to die for deux by Forgive seelenwind by ssilence

Of course, this is all incredibly subjective.. to ME. So I doubt anyone else will feel moved in the slightest by my selections.

[Please excuse the cynicism. I need a haircut.]

Much Love,
Ms. Faye

Do not resuscitate

Sun Oct 9, 2005, 4:34 PM


I'm currently in limbo.
Not entirely sure when it's going to end..

Much Love,
Ms. Faye

Crazy English Summer

Fri Jul 15, 2005, 10:41 AM


Ok.. I'm still alive. Just organising myself.

Work will commence shortly.

Much Love,
Ms. Faye

Sunshine and other Pretty Things

Mon May 30, 2005, 4:53 AM


Ok, so apparently the servers are being fixed forum.deviantart.com/devart/st… , so soon we can start hoping that the upload delay thing will be sorted.

Art News: I've been rather preoccupied with things of late so I've not been submitting anything much, at all. Most of my recent stuff has been very experimental and lacks any theme or specific intention. I'm still keeping the plans for neo-noir in the back of my head.. and I've taken to lurking with my old pentax in public places, hoping to capture a gem. Alas, so far all I've been successful with is strange old men feeding pigeons and the like. I really would like to work on some b/w human body stuff.. although it requires more carefully thought out planning and flexible models, both of which I've never been very good at finding. Does anyone know if there are any good photographic exhibitions around London, atm? I'm seriously out of touch with what's on.

In other news my play is over and therefore I have been granted a brief space of calm amidst the sea of chaos that is my life. Now I just need to sort out the mess of confusion that is my love life, and I'll be back on the track of clarity and productiveness. June is really looking up for me, the sun is shining and I'm off to glastonbury on the 22nd through till the 27th (I'm actually working there), which is something I've been doing since I was 14 and quite often makes the high point of my year. Anyone who's been to glasto before knows what it's like if you manage to find yourself in the green fields, it's so much more than just a music festival. It's like being transported to another world, especially if you spend most of your year in a city like London. Anyway, I'm doing another play at the beginning of July, but other than that this summer looks to be a lot less stressful than previous years. Hopefully I'll get the chance to really work on some of my photography.. I'm currently devising a plan to construct a pseudo studio in what little space I have, for some portrait shots I have in the works...

Other people's pretty things to be clicked upon:
.Perseverance. by trinket :thumb18280658: Sill by lorrainemd baby universe by adrian-fez- untitled6 III by natashalyonne evening without you by ssilence .I Could Get Used To This. by Mary--jane Blue Moon by insaneone


Much Love,
Ms. Faye
  • Listening to: Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No. 3