Back in the Fall of '02, shortly after discovering APUG, I liked the idea of an all analog website so much that decided that I didn't want to post photoshopped neg scans in the gallery area. So I went to my garage and dug out my enlarger and all my old darkroom stuff and set it up on a handy counter top. Since then I've experimented with new films and papers and developers and techniques, practiced and improved my printing skills, become more active photographically in new directions than I am sure I ever would have done otherwise, invested more than I could probably afford in equipment and materials, and spent many, many, many pleasant and rewarding hours in the darkroom.
Yes, I guess that I would have to say that the APUG gallery has affected my photography
That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.