Akinom - July 2004 AOM!

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Akinom - July 2004 AOM!
Who is 'Akinom'?

First let me say thank you to the members of R'osity who gave their vote to me in this competition. Also thanks to those members who voted for the other nominees, they deserved it as well. They are all excellent artists who inspired me for so long.

My name is Monika. I'm married and my hubby is a member at R'osity too (CAD-MAN). I live in Germany in the town Mannheim, which is near to the very famous German town Heidelberg, many of you may know it. My mother tongue is German so please be patient with my inadequate English. My profession is engineer for civil constructions but I don't run it since both of my kids were born. Currently I am a full-time housewife with a couple of honorary positions. I don't see me like an artist… I'm just passionate photographer.

How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics/photography?

The first cam I got as a gift from my boyfriend when I was about 20 yrs. He was a passionate photographer and when we went out for a walk he always had his cam with him He was afraid it could be boring for me and so he handed me this gift. Perhaps you can imagine this was the start of my love...both to my boyfriend (later my hubby) and to the photography...and it still lasts on after 30 years. It had been a very simple pocket cam, but I learned a lot from my hubby about photography, using a cam and shooting... and very fast I wanted a better one. In the first years I always used his old cameras when he bought himself a new one. So my first real cam was an Asahi Pentax, later on I've used several Minoltas.

We both loved to travel around the world and you sure can imagine we needed tons of films. When our two children were born those journeys to far countries ended. But I loved to take photos of my kids instead. I've also learned to appreciate my surrounding.. you can find motives to shoot everywhere! I can say my camera had opened my eyes to the beauty of nature!!!

As a civil engineer I'm caught in shooting architecture and I also love to capture landscapes or plants. Normally I don't like to take portraits... except of my own kids or friends.

Do you have traditional art experience?

I have been interested in architectural styles that's why I've chosen the profession of civil engineer.

At high school my favourite lessons had been art, the most I loved doing sketches, always preferred pens or pencils.
Later on I was educated by a friend in doing silk-screen printing as I have ever adored the art of Andy Warhol. But I had to stop doing it after a while due an allergy. Then I've found a new aim. I took some lessons in silk painting and batik at an art school and did it with much joy for a couple of years. But with the growing of my passion for photography I hadn't got enough spare time for both of the hobbies and I stopped it completely.

What are you currently working on?

I'm preparing two background packages for the R'osity Marketplace/Free stuff section and I try to do some backgrounds for the DAZ Cyclorama which I hopefully will have prepared soon for the Marketplace.

Also I'm doing a translation work for a story we have running on our website (text and images in Vue d'Esprit/Bryce/Poser by CAD-MAN)

What software/equipment do you use and why?

About 6yrs ago I got my first digital camera, a Kodak DC290. I was really happy with it. Since then I'm absolutely fond of using a digicam and do some postwork on my PC. It's so exciting to play around with filters and see how it looks like. But more important to me is an original photo.

Last August I bought a Nikon Coolpix 3100 and I really love it! Cause it's very small I don't go anywhere without it. So most of my postings are shot with it. And now my newest cam is a Minolta Dimage A1. I got it as an early b'day gift from my hubby. But there is still lots to learn about!

The software I'm using for postwork usually is Corel Photo Paint. I also use Photoshop Elements which came along with my Nikon last August but I still don't know all the possibilities. My third tool is PhotoImpact XL which I use rarely.

Last but not least my PC is a Packard Bell Pentium 4, 2.40GHz, 512MB RAM

What do you think your best piece of work is and why?

It's hard to say. I have a lil series "Sparkling" in the gallery that I like a lot. Let me say, my best pieces are those with mood. I'm a bit sensitive and I love images showing a mood whether a good or a bad, those which express a feeling like happiness or warmth or even grief.

Why do you like to work with Photography?

Photography means to me ... enjoying the beauty and keeping it, you can be the witness of a moment. As I've said before, my camera has opened my eyes to the beauty of nature!

Who/what inspires you?

Nature itself - the colours, the shapes, the light or the atmosphere - inspires me.

I also find inspiration in those beautiful paintings of the Impressionism by such wonderful painters like Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Paul Cezanne, J.A.McNeill or Edgar Degas.

And of course there's a lot of inspiration by my friends and members of Renderosity.

How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?

Couldn't have found a better place cause R'osity is the most active community of people creating images in the Internet. I like to meet people around the world. And yes, I can say I've got some wonderful friends. I've even met a few of them in the real world. Being in contact with my R'osity friends means a lot to me. The relationships in the real world are not always as you would like them to be, but I'm very happy with the people here. With their comments on my works they enhanced my work. I'll never get tired of saying thanks to them. But you also can learn so much in the Forums and from Tutorials by great R'osity members.

Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?

The best advice I can give is to follow your heart when creating art. That is most important to me.

As I've already said it's really great to know people around the world, with different cultures, religions and languages creating and sharing art. That is what makes the community. the members. Each one of them adds something to the community. There's always someone to help you when you need help. There's always someone to give you an answer when you have a question. There's always someone to encourage you when you struggle. And there's even always someone to comfort you when your down. That is what makes this community such a special place. I'm so glad to be a part of this great community.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Monika



Be sure to check out Akinom's gallery!

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Member Opinions:
By: karanta on 7/13/04
Monika I´m so happy for you :) Very well deserved!

By: dragonfly2000 on 7/13/04
Nicely done Monika!

By: luciferino on 7/13/04
Compliments sweety ^_^ a big congratulation and a kiss kiss ^_^ wowowo ciao baci Orietta

By: Tedz on 7/13/04
A well deserved AOM.....and a wonderful Friend....and....we both have the same Computer, oooh, how I like to rub Shoulders with the Famous! Good onya Monika Backwards! *baiser*

By: HansAnders on 7/13/04
A great interview Monika! Congrats again with your AOM; you deserve it! Mhak, Tjeerd

By: Bodo on 7/13/04
wIR GRATULIEREN !!! (die Frankfurter Claudi& Bodo)

By: clemens-k on 7/13/04
Congrats, Moni! Very well deserved.

By: pjaj on 7/13/04
Congratulations my dear friend Moni!! I'm sooo happy for ya;o) Hugs, PJ

By: cynlee on 7/13/04
sigh... i'm overwhelmed for you!... AOM! how exciting is that!!
have always luved your work & enjoyed getting to know the person behind it...
you're a treasure, my friend! *MUUUUUUUUUUUUAH!* :]

By: vlaaitje on 7/13/04
You deserve it. I like your work. And I agree with you we need friends around us. Your words "The relationships in the real world are not always as you would like them to be" very very true.....I met also lovely people here on RR. I met Danob in real, he is a very lovely warm person.....I learned a lot from him.....but I am careful too.....because the net can be dangerous too....not everbody is honest!! If you know what I mean....keep up the good work.....thanks for sharing.......Ilona aka vlaaitje

By: SophiaDeer on 7/13/04
Brava Monika! Your work is always an inspiration. Hugs!

By: Andromeda31 on 7/13/04
Congratulations Monika...(opening champagne bottle)!!! :D

By: stoffel on 7/13/04
You deserved it. Congratulations, I´m so happy for you :)

By: Nilla on 7/13/04
I am soo happy you made it here!!!! Your work rocks Monika, I can see a lot of "soul" in it! It truly has been a wonderful experience getting to know you too! It really was a hard vote because of all of the awesome artists that were nominated! Congratulations once again!!!! And the hugest of hugs! Cheers! *toasts her glass of champagne to the screen* :)

By: herbstliebe on 7/14/04
herzlichen glückwunsch monika!

By: twisted_angel_9 on 7/14/04
Congrats! Lovely work.

By: Henrik_K on 7/14/04
Congratulations, Moni! I´m very happy for you. Bravo

By: gallimel on 7/14/04
dear :) To read the lovely interview has added even more to the aura of grace I have always associated with you. All is so filled with passion and interest about art and life that I can just say once more "thank you for being around".
This place is a fully happy green place with you in :)
Congratulations and a big hug :)
Meli :)

By: kansas on 7/14/04
Huge congratulations, Monika. I am so VERY happy you have been voted AOM. Your photo artwork is always so full of life and interest. It is always a pleasure to see things through your eyes. Also, I am delighted to have you as one of my virtual friends. BTW, it is nice to see a picture of you. Hugs, Marion

By: Michelle A. on 7/14/04
I'm so happy for you Monika! You deserve this! Cheers for Moni!!

By: WiserAngel on 7/14/04
Congratulations, Akinom!!! You really deserve this honor! You are very talented, but also so encouraging and nice to others on RR. Yay for you!!!!!

By: Aaronheart on 7/14/04
Congratulations to a well deserved AOM!!! I'm so happy for you Monika :-)

By: clarita on 7/14/04
your photos are so wonderful! STANDING OVATION FOR A SO WELL DESERVED aom!!! Cio, Clara

By: kenmo on 7/14/04
Your photography is always a joy to behold...you are very deserving....

By: funkfrog on 7/14/04
congratulations monica :D

By: AL2005 on 7/14/04
What a Great Read Monika !! AND your english is excellent as well :-) your Photos are Fantastic and quite often breathtaking. Well deserved indeed, What a great community Renderosity Is !!

By: moonfish on 7/14/04
All the best,to the best!!! Monika, I am so happy for your well deserved recognition!!!!

By: kennyliu on 7/15/04
Congratulation, Monica!

By: patmartj on 7/15/04
Delighted for you, well deserved, Congratulations!

By: Akinom on 7/15/04
Thank you so much, my dear friends! I'm overwhelmed by such wonderful thoughts, words and wishes of my precious Rendo friends! You've made my day! I'm so happy to be amongst you. Rendo is such a great place and you're simply the best!!!*hugest hugz*
Monika

By: PG-Graphics on 7/15/04
Herzlichen Glückwunsch Monika :-)
Liebe Grüße
Peti

By: Kropot on 7/15/04
Germany 10 point's ;) Although I think art competions are a ...., Congrats. Youre a good shot, beautiful woman and good friend.

By: j-dwarf on 7/15/04
Congratulations. Ich freue mich für Dich und hoffe, dass Du uns weiterhin mit Deiner Kunst erfreust. Jörg

By: MysteraXIX on 7/16/04
Ich gratuliere dir hier auch noch einmal ganz herzlich.

By: AranelStyles on 7/16/04
herzlichen glückwunsch ;)

By: danob on 7/16/04
Very well deserved dear, It has been a joy to share a friendship over the two years I have been a member here and watch your growth amd always looking to find ways to improve.. Hugz Danny

By: mushypea on 7/16/04
Well done Monika! You deserve it! I've browsed your gallery often and it's always been a pleasure.

Anna

By: rohi on 7/17/04
Auch von meiner seite einen herzlichen glückwunsch - ich freue mich für dich !

rolf

By: stealthman on 7/18/04
Congratulations! What a wonderful gallery!

By: jonarts on 7/18/04
Meinen allerherzlichsten Glückwunsch zu der schönen Auszeichnung!!!

By: logiloglu on 7/18/04
Congrats Monika ! i am happy with you. * HUGZ * !!!!!!!!! #:O)!!!!!!!!!!!

By: Niutek on 7/18/04
Congratulations, Moni!!! ::)) Thank you for being here - people like you make this gallery what it is :))))
*Hugs*

By: uzma on 7/19/04
Congratulations monika and i like ur interview :o).HUGZ

By: uzma on 7/19/04
Congratulations monika!HUGZ.

By: jgeorge on 7/19/04
So glad to see you here Monika! I really find your pictures are a way to convey empotions...
hank you for sharing with us

By: ShadowWind on 7/19/04
Congratulations, well deserved...

By: hasexx on 7/19/04
Glückwunsch :-) Ich hoffen, dass wir noch viele Bilder von Dir sehen werden!!!

By: dtp on 7/19/04
Well done Monika "hugz" nice words & Thank you for being here I am so prowd of u

By: vshane on 7/19/04
Congratulations!

By: Photocorderie on 7/20/04
Congratulations! cordialement Alain

By: 3Dream on 7/21/04
Fantastic photos. Beautifull work. Congratulations!

By: derick on 7/21/04
Congrats Monika, i just stopped by to see what was up in the old town and saw your achivement on the first page. good stuff keep up the grate work.

By: jaydiva on 7/21/04
Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Moni!!!!
Bin zwar spät dran, aber es kommt von ganzem Herzen.
Jutta

By: cbender on 7/22/04
gratulation... :)))

das freut mich riesig für Dich ;)

viele liebe gruesse... christian

By: mabel45 on 7/23/04
Monika this is awsome!! you're a great advocate of photography here at RR
Enjoy being on the frontpage! :)

Lein

By: Akinom on 7/23/04
Once again, thank you so much, my dear friends! Still cannot believe it but I'm happy with your wonderful thoughts, words and wishes, my precious Rendo friends! I'm so glad being a small part of this great site! You're simply the best!!!
*hugest hugz*
Monika

By: gerbach on 7/23/04
Hallo Monika!
Endlich kann ich Dir gratulieren.
Ich wollte es schon mehrere male und jedes mal
wurde ich gerade vom Compouter weggerufen.
Also jetzt:
Herzliche Gückwunsche, Du du hast es verdient.
Mach weiter so!

Liebe Grüsse von Gerhard

By: kuvelis on 7/25/04
A LIL' LATE BUT CONGRATS TO YOU MY DEAR. YOU DESERVE IT FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK!

By: unzy on 7/26/04
Dear Monika, Its so great that you are AOM, all your friends are happy. You bring your talent and your kindness to communicate your passion and to share it. Thanks for all. Georges

By: R3MAF on 7/27/04
Dear Monika

I'm sorry I'm coming late to this ...but many, many, congrats on being awarded AOM ...and I loved reading the interview too! Fond regards Mark.

By: Legadia on 7/27/04
Congratulations Monika for this wonderful achievement,your work is always beautiful & inspiring.Best wishes Sheena :]

By: BekaVal on 8/1/04
Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Monika! Very well deserved! :)

By: enax on 8/2/04
Dear Monika, you deserve this award. Your excellent gallery full of beautiful photos is a pearl of this community, you already know how I luv it. Congrats again dear friend :)

By: Akinom on 8/2/04
Once more I want to thank you all for your flattering words, congrats and support! It has been a great month to me!
Now I wonna wish the nominees for AOM August all the best. Congratulations for being nominated! Good luck!
Greetz'n Hugz, Monika


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