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Why Photograph?

Ferdy Christant, in a superb piece about Flickr, suggests that people who photograph for the joy of it should focus less on external validation such as likes or faves and more on what brings them joy:

For amateurs and enthusiasts, . . . first and foremost . . . enjoy your hobby. Enjoy photography itself as well as your topics, be they a landscape, a model or a freaky insect. Or even a Snowy Owl. This is your hobby and you should learn to enjoy it even if not a single other human being notices. Start with this. Your joy and self worth should not depend on others.

I’m serious. Look at people having other hobbies. Reading, hiking, tennis, wood crafts, brewing beer, collecting stamps, watching movies or playing Tetris…none of these people spend hours per day seeking validation as to whether their hobby is worthwhile or has meaning. It has meaning because it is your time and you enjoy doing it. None of them determine meaning based on others as if they are monitoring a stock market of self worth.

Very sound advice.

I like it when people appreciate the result of my hobby. I prefer 100 likes over 0 likes. But I do not require it.

Ferdy Christant
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Flickr Explore

I enjoy sharing photos on Flickr. So far I’ve had one photo featured on Flickr Explore. It is my most viewed image with over 5,000 views and more than 100 faves.

I wondered how photos are selected. In a recent blog post, Flickr explains that Explore uses an algorithm to display a rotating array of about 500 images from Flickr members every day. Flickr also explained what really matters in the selection process “is the amount of authentic, organic interactions in the form of comments, faves, and views your photo gets after being posted, regardless of how many followers you have.”

This is an interesting peek behind the Flickr Explore curtain. Flickr inspires me daily.

Holes and lines
A Sample of Flickr Explore