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Journal Entry: Sat Dec 31, 2011, 5:18 PM


At first let me wish you all the best for 2012 - happy new year, people! :hug:
I hope you will enjoy many amazing moments, that you will keep your beloved and you will make also new friends :aww: I wish you to stay healthy, because it is the most important thing!

I also must thank you for all support you gave me in 2011 - I hope my dA year 2012 will be at least as nice as 2011, because thanks to you, that year was really great when it came to dA things! :hug:

But in general, I am happy 2011 is over. It was not a good year for me and my family. Too many bad events, too many disappointments, too many days spent in hospital and even sadder places. So I hope 2012 can be a new start for something nice again.

And because I am a person who loves turning points, start of the new year is a good chance to set my goals. So although some people are mad about it, let me set my New Year's resolution:

New Year's resolutions

1) to lose more weight. Which means to exercise and ride a "bike" on regular basis. I already do that, so I should be able to keep that.
2) to be more strict about daily food regime. Which means to do my best to REALLY have 5 meals a day. And to eat less sweets.
3) to get my second university master degree and to finally finish the school.
4) to get a driving licence and to really use the car.
5) to find a good and well-paid job.
6) to try to be a bit more active, which means doing more things, to have more fun, spending more time outside...
7) to meet Lunchi, Svenimal and x-crossroad in Germany and to have a ZOO phototour with them!

And time to time, I post a journal, which should inform my new watchers about me - because I do not want to be only an animal photos supplier ;) there is also a girl behind the camera. Since I wrote my last jounal about me, I got more than 7000 new watchers. I welcome them and I hope they are interested in reading some info about me :D some of you have already read it, but I think it is not that terrible to post that again after a year :D
I post it also because many people asked me the same questions in few weeks.
It is "self-interview", because this form is quite reader-friendly.

Woxys presents.......... herself.

Well... Woxys, who are you? Where do you live?
I am a girl and currently a university student, who is now looking for a good job. I live in the Czech republic, which is very safe, modern, democratic and beautiful small country in central Europe. I will once tell you more about my home country :) my family owns a flat in Brno, which is the second largest Czech city – so I live together with my parents and younger sister.

What do you study? I have noticed, that many people think that you work as a photographer... So?
Oh no, I do not study anything related to photography or art. I finished studying of journalism and media studies, so I have already one master degree. To have two of them, I am currently studying for graduation exams of political science. As you can see, no art is included :D department of journalism and media studies offers some classes for students who want to be photographers, but I have never attended any similar class. And to be completely honest, I do not like photography at all. It is not interesting for me :oops:

Are you kidding me? Your bloody gallery is FULL of photos! How comes that you do not love photography?!
Because I am not a photographer. I am a "ZOO photographer". I only like taking photos, when I can be close to my beloved animals, observing them, enjoying their presence :heart:  almost all my other photos suck – I am not able to take good photos of buildings, people, flowers, landscapes... And I usually do not even try :oops: I use my camera almost only to take photos of animals. But about being a bit „artistic" - I can say that I also draw and I also write stories. But to create something, I need to gain some feed-back from people :oops:

Mhhhhhm. So that's why you joined dA, right? Because of feed-back?
Yes and no. I joined dA, because my best friend Allerlei joined this site and I wanted to give feed-back – comments and faves – to her, to support her. So I created my own account to be able to do so. Haha, 2 months after joining dA, I had amazing THREE pageviews :laugh: I started to post some of my drawings. But... let's say that none of them became really popular...

You want to say, that they sucked.
Err.... Maybe? :XD: I still like those pictures :oops: time to time, I get an idea to remove them to make my gallery more user-friendly. But I am nostalgic person, I would miss them. So they stay :nod:

So... now I would like to know, how a person, who does not like photography and who posts naive drawings, became a dA photographer, whose photos receive quite nice number of faves.
Believe or not, it all started with boredom and... vanity.
I once visited ZOO Brno with my friend and I took some very very old camera with me. I do not know why, I was probably bored. I took few very crappy and blurry photos of wolves and I posted them here on dA. And each of those TERRIBLE and blurry photos got much more faves than my drawings!
So I took some more photos. And again, they got some faves!
After few months, I asked my parents and they allowed me to use their digital camera Canon S5 IS.

Err... Why did not you use that better camera before?
As I said, I was not interested in photography! My family owned that camera for many months before I asked to use it. I was the only member of the family, who never took a photo with it :XD: but I started using this camera – most of my photos have been taken with Canon S5 IS. The quality of the photos got much better and people started to be more interested about my art. Few faves turned into tens, tens faves turned into hundreds... :oops: and of course, because I am vain, it encouraged me to try even harder, to take more photos, to try to edit them to make them look better, to have more species of animals in my gallery... Some people also bought my photos (thanks! :aww:) and I started to be interested in getting new camera. Because of support of my parents and my watchers, I finally bought Canon 500D - my first SLR camera in summer 2010! :aww:

It seems like everybody can be a photographer like you.
Sure! That's true. Some people say that I am gifted (thank you :hug:), but in fact, I just take camera and shoot and shoot and shoot. When I visit a ZOO, I usually take 1800 photos! And finally, only some 100-200 are acceptable for journals and only some very few of them are good enough to be posted as deviations :nod:

And can people use your photos?
Usually yes, but I want them to ask first, because I want to have control over usage of my photos. People can use them for manipulations and for drawing references and for school projects :nod: but I do NOT like reposting :( I really do not like, when somebody takes my originals to include them to his/her own gallery outside dA without changing them. Why? The originals should stay only here on dA.
I think I am tolerant enough – I am glad when people use my work for their own projects. If they give me credit, everything is ok for me. Credit is kind of advertisement, but also kind of protection for me :nod: fair, is not it?

Ok. Back to animals. You have quite nice variety of animal species in your gallery. Do you live in the ZOO or what?
Czech republic is very small country, but it has more than 15 mostly wonderful ZOOs, which are usually perfectly photographer-friendly :nod: they provide great conditions for both, for visitors and animals. ZOO, which is located in Czech capital, Prague, was even announced to be the world's 7 best ZOO by magazine Forbes! Czech ZOOs are located close to each other, because of small size of my country. For example, it takes me 15 minutes to get to ZOO Brno, 1,5 hour to get to ZOO Jihlava, 1,5 hour to get to ZOO Olomouc, 2 hours to get to ZOO Zlin, 2,5 hours to get to ZOO Prague! And entrance fee is very low, usually only 2-5 USD for student, so visiting ZOOs very often is really not a problem.

Do not you feel guilty when you visit ZOOs and take photos of the captive animals?
No, not at all. I used to be anti-ZOO, but the more I studied about ZOOs, the more I support them. I know that the more I visit the ZOO, the more money it has and the better conditions are created for animals. I love ZOOs. One good ZOO is much better help for animals than thousands of activists, who want to close ZOOs, spreading bullshits about freeeee animalaalzzz. That's the fact.

As a photographer, do you dream about visiting some certain facility? Or about taking photos of some certain animals?
Sure... One of my dreams has already came true – I saw and took photos of Baby, Amazon river dolphin :heart: but I would like to take photos of Mexican wolves, of black wolves, of gray fox, of Corsac fox, of Cape fox, of Swift fox. I dream about taking photos of belugas, dolphins and orcas, mostly underwater :aww: that's why I would like to visit mostly American facilities – Sea world Orlando, ZOO Brookfield, ZOO Minnesota... But also dolphinarium in Harderwijk and oceanarium in Valencia in Spain or ZOO in Moscow :aww:

You obviously love animals...
Yes, I do! I also got and idea, that I should inform people about the animals. They are nice enough to pose for me, so I pay back with informing about their species. I think that such attitude is quite fair :D I am very happy when people say, that I managed to show them some new facts or even animals species they did not know before!

It seems that you also like dA!
It is my second home :D

But there are also some problems here, right?
Yes. I hate art thieves. I report them almost every day.
I also do not like people, who repost my photos without permission.
And I also do not like people, who have dozens thousands of watchers and they feel the need to post 4 deviations a day into different categories, occupying them 24 hours a day, so no other deviants have a chance to show their art *facepalm* I have at least 300 GB of ZOO photos and I still post only one photo a day. I think it is fair play with other deviants :) I love faves and I do care about pageviews, but I do not feel the need to post 4 photos a day to occupy 4 categories :) it seems selfish to me ;)

Me :P

And now some animals I love - of course I love much more species ;)

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KeitiBlackWhiteWolf Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you have very pretty eyes.<3
its actually really interesting to hear how you started simple, it seems. just like everyone else [:
its truly inspiring, im glad you did that.<3

also..that black panther. god, i LOVE black panthers. i wouldnt mind seeing more of them if you have any stocked away?~ : D
woxys Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
I do not! :( I am so sad about it, taking more photos of black jaguars is my next goal :nod:
KeitiBlackWhiteWolf Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ill be looking forward to it!
ChristianCanid Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
You've made an appearance! :dance: :D
Thank you for the info about yourself. Your encouragement to would-be photographers is very nice! :hug:
woxys Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Draconicat Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Interesting interview! *hugs you 'hello' again* And gorgeous photos!
woxys Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Thank you :aww:
Draconicat Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
You're entirely welcome!
karatechick13 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to live within 1/2 hour or Australia Zoo but now I"m so far away from all of them! D: you're so lucky to be near to so many beautiful places. Thank you for sharing a bit about yourself with us! I wish you a wonderful 2012, I hope it will be much better than last year for you! :hug:
woxys Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
thank you, all the best also for you :D
karatechick13 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome and thank you so much! :D
AustrynThompson Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you have very pretty eyes Woxys =)
woxys Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
you are nice, thanks :D
AustrynThompson Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks and no problem ^-^
Svenimal Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012   Photographer
You are blonde ;) Who knew ^^
ConnorCat Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
You have pretty eyes! And I hope 2012 is a great year for you! :)
Nookslider Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww, that fox had it's eyes closed.
BanesShadow Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Merry new year! :) I wish you good times this year!
LittleMissMischief Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy New Year!
conanthewolfboy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Your eyes are such a clear, beautiful blue! You posted a very lovely journal which has encouraged me to go out and take more photos. I'm still a bit shy about posting them since I think that most of them are crap, but your words about your own experience make me want to go out and keep shooting! :)

Beautiful animals, as always. The little fox made me smile! :heart:
olgolugo Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think i am the only one who read the whle thing?? wow lol
you should show more of your eyes :giggle: i like your eyes, are beautiful :)
and thank you so much for that interview thing it really helps me to get a better artist, believe it or not :XD:
I hope your resolutions gets true =D good luck! :iconholaplz:
You have such an awesome life in front of you, waiting to be lived and enjoded :)
I wish you good luck, and i hope you are reading this :(

Happy new year 2012 and end of the world!! :la: :rofl:
woxys Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
oh, thank you :giggle: and great 2012 for you!
olgolugo Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime ;)
TribalWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
A snow leopard? :D Such beautiful felines, are they not? All the animals there are absolutely beautiful. :)

I wish you good luck on your resolutions.
Redaxelnax Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Great pictures as always :)
FaolanshewolfGold Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
I love that I got to learn about you. Happy New Year Woxy.
Shikariix Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
If you ever go to Harderwijk, let me know and we might be able to meet up, haha! xD
I'd love to use one of your photo's once, I don't really know for what though.. I'll let you know if I thought of something! c:
Wolverica Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012   General Artist
Interesting read =)
The fox photo is adorable, too.
Happy New Year!
nova1992 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Happy New Year! :)
TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
Happy new year and good luck with your resolutions :hug:
Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Let's all look forward to a better 2012!
rebelwolfchris Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
How nice to learn a little about you :)

That black leopard is LOVELY and the snow leopard also!
Pale-Recluse Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the eyes in the first photo.
alvringer Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy New Year! I hope you have a wonderful 2012! :D
Bankachi Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
^^* youre gonna have a great 2012 :dance: :icondweebdanceplz: :excited:

Happy New Year to you !!! Best to you as well :tighthug:
cat-lilith Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy New Year!!! It was so interesting reading about you. :) I love your photos and I'm very surprised you don't like photography. lol BTW you have very pretty blue eyes. :)

Take good care I wish you the best for 2012. :)
GottaLoveMushrooms Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
It's great to learn about you! You have gorgeous eyes! :D
Happy New Year!!!
Dragonmagik Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Happy New Year! Good luck with your resolutions. :)

You have beautiful eyes, by the way. :3
xxxsulaxxx Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist

I hope you have an amazing year~

Wow :O that's a lot of resolutions, I haven't been able to make one haha. But I'm sure you'll be able to do them all :meow: I wish you good luck with them!
RaiDoodles Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy New Years, Woxys! I hope 2012 brings you more joy than 2011 did. :) You and your family deserve it!

I thought your interview was interesting to read as well. I was also in the same boat that was shocked that you do not actually like photography. xD But it pains it pains me to know that you do not think you take good photos of anything other than animals! I remember when you posted the journal of the fall landscape and I instantly fell in love. You don't give yourself enough credit; they are plenty nice to look at just as well as the wonderful animals. :) And last but not least, your eyes are gorgeous! :heart: The blue is to die for. :)

Also a lovely journal for the end of 2011. I love the wee foxxies. :D

OH! And one last thing that I got reminded of, which is zoo-related. I just read an article on the yahoo homepage saying that someone stole a squirrel monkey from the zoo closest to my home... Which is absolutely outraging. And it's even worse that it's an elderly squirrel monkey that needs special food. I hate people sometimes. Well... Most of the time.
Amaterasu1329 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
máte krásné oči
IamETOH Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:party: :iconfoxylaplz::iconlawooplz: Happy New Year! :D
iytj Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
best wishes for the new year,dear!:iconnewyearplz::iconhappynewyearplz:
Inuranchan Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting read. :)
Good luck with all your new years resolutions. And happy new year to you ^^
larewenevenstar Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great to know all about you, the person behind these amazing photos! i'm so surprised to learn that you don't actually like photography! what a shock!

all the best for 2012! :D
elvenspells Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
interesting to hear more about you :heart:
keep up the lovely work, and i hope you have a good 2012 :hug:
Emberwood-Stables Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
for ZOOs in the US, the ZOO in Indianapolis,Indiana, has a large dolphin tank that has a glass structure inside the tank that you can walk into. I don't remember if it was good for photos, but if you are ever over here in the USA, it would be a great place to visit :)
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