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Flickr was the first major photo-sharing platform in the world, you may not know, it actually started as part of a video game… “Game Neverending“, players basically had to “collect” things by taking photos of them… well that game didn’t ever see the light of day; but Flickr was birthed from its ashes.In recent times it has obviously found competition in Facebook, Instagram, 500px, etc and it hasn’t been able to sustain itself, even while being, in my opinion, a much better platform for photographers.

  • Instagram: only hosts small files, with little engagement, it has become “tap-tap scroll”, and little else.
  • Facebook: now officially the world’s largest image sharing platform, does horrible things to our images. It crunches them and ads artefacts into the files, it’s a constant struggle to try and figure out the right way to upload your images so they look the best.
  • 500px: recently sold to a Chinese company and wants to be a user-generated stock library more than anything else.

Flickr continues

Sold by Yahoo (via Verizon) to SmugMug it’s losing money and a letter today from SmugMug is a call-to-arms to the photography community to try and keep the lights on.

Flickr gives us large images, the ability to see an artist’s work in all its digital glory. It gives us groups and galleries, it is better for photographers that Facebook will ever be. I’m personally sad to see it in decline.

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photojunkie is a great photographer. Where did I find out about him I’m not sure. It could have been through Flickr’s “Explore” and probably was. But I’ve noticed of late that there could also be a connection via the command-N podcast having seen Will Pate appearing in some of photojunkie’s photos of late.

The photo above, from a Wii Tournament is great. It is so clear and clean and still gives a sense of motion with the blurring of the controller’s cable and the player’s hand.

A flick through photojunkie’s photostream will show a whole bunch of snapshots, often taken with his mobile phone, but peppered amongst them are some amazing photos.

Check out photojunkie and other great photographers on Flickr.

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I haven’t done a Flickr Find in a while and that is a travesty cause there is so much great stuff on Flickr and I have just been slack about sharing it all with you.

The photo above comes from a very talented photographer with the Flickr name (and I assume real name) of Rebekka. She obviously has impeccable timing to capture this photo. The wide-angle lens lends itself nicely to this shot helping accentuate the “laughing” horse’s head and mouth.

See more of Rebekka’s photos on Flickr.