Flickr was launched on February 10, 2004 by Ludicorp, a Vancouver-based company founded by Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake. I stumbled upon it somehow in late 2004. At the time I was a bit over fiddling with my vicnet site and my tripod site I had at least one blog at the time on blogger.… Continue reading Rumination on flickr’s popularity?
Flickr is slowly rolling out new cages to various aspects of its interface. Once again showing how little Yahoo did with the platform while under its tenure.
Flickr has a blog post about the changes. So I’ll let them describe it all
This past weekend I spent in Sydney. I looked at some interesting exhibitions, one at the MCA and the other at the State Libray of New South Wales. The MCA exhibition will have had plenty written about it already so I’m not saying much here, or perhaps save for another post. I want to talk… Continue reading Flickr’s cultural reach?
Flickr was in my estimation and still is the best and foremost Website to offer photographers an outlet to share and be seen. I still remember discovering much to my joy that researchers were indeed using flickr as a testing good for their theories about photography, networked cultures and culture generally. Here is a list… Continue reading Flickr & Publications
Ten years ago today I made this picture.
Based on the date and time, I have no idea where I was when I made it. I do however know why I made it.
At this point in my flickr experience I am well and truly enmeshed in a game played on flickr that involved voting for and against other peoples camera-phone pictures. It was called DBOLRL. It was an acronym, it stood for something like Diabolical Lovers of Low Res, apparently. I didn’t setup the group up, but by 2009 was an admin and a very very regular player. Winning photos were deposited in another group called the DBLOLR Hard Disk . The losing pictures were deposited in a group called, DBLOLR: I’m a loser.
As each image moved through the voting process, it garnered a lot of banter. Sometimes this banter overflowed to other text based games in the discussions areas of the group or became running in-jokes.
Plastic religious figurines was one of those jokes. This is why I made the picture.
It has yet to make its way to flickr but given the group like so many others has faded away I have no real reason to upload it. Even though thematically it would fit with my current picture in my stream. [More than one figure]
This is how I operate on flickr. I look for connections from one photo to the next by perusing my archive. I look for all kinds of connections. some are literal, some are colour, tone or shape related. Not to mention lighting qualities and direction. Sometimes I pick an opposite, and even at times the connection is conceptual which in itself may only be apparent to me. It is a pleasurable past time. It keeps my stream fresh and worth visiting in my mind anyway.
Again I am moved to write a short piece about flickr. Partially because I have really been spending a great deal of time there but also because things are changing rapidly. And I have set up a group to try and gather some of the old timers.
One of my contacts has shared a picture that uses a tool that flickr is so good at delivering. The notes tool it is great fun. It’s a bit like hashtags on Instagram and twitter, they add a layer of context and even more meaning to a picture, but rather than me bang on about it, have a look at this picture by Cogblogdog
I spent Friday, wandering between exhibitions and other locations I wanted to visit. All on foot. The light this summer has been softer than usual. I’ve been trying to exploit this. I walked back from dropping my car off for a service on Monday too. So my main digital project on Tumblr, pc30320, got a nudge forward this week.
The Vault, a controversial sculpture has been in this location outside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art since 2002. I have various pictures of it as it has been moved. It has its own group on flickr as well.
It is to my mind an interesting sculpture, but one that requires to the space to step back and take in the whole object from a distance. This is easily achievable at its current location.