View Full Version : The prevailance of common place photography. NY Times

09-12-2012, 11:05 AM
Definitely some interesting info in here..


09-12-2012, 01:56 PM
Over 380 million photos are uploaded on Facebook every day.
Who cares? I don't look at them, do you? They might as well just be loaded into a dumpster or 'delete bin'

09-12-2012, 02:17 PM
I go on Flickr to search tags for films, lenses, etc. I have no interest in wading through billions of images to see good ones. I go to galleries, look through the galleries on here, look at a few other sites and then magazines.

Putting your images on flicker is like pouring a glass of wine into the ocean and expecting the fish to wax poetic over it's "nose" and "finish". I think the author hits upon some important points but does not really touch upon the fact that if you talk to people in person, they are already getting tired of the hype machine that is the internet.

09-12-2012, 06:27 PM
How is it possible that a web site can handle 380 MILLION new images every day? Do they have an army of trolls just adding hard disks to servers round the clock? Flickr gets tens of millions of new images everyday and many of these images are full size (megabytes). Again, are they just adding terrabyte drives round the clock?

More or less, this is a 3D-sketch of Facebook's soon to be ready server facility in the north of Sweden:

Regarding peoples online snapshot, flickr et al, good for people that they can communicate with each other visually, instagram made photographs become sms messages, so casual snapshots, who gives a s*it....

09-12-2012, 07:37 PM
It does have impact on some of us though perhaps the good is equal to the bad. As a photographer who has made his living from being necessary to people for his entire life I now find that people have become so capable and saturated with instant type phone photos that they can down load instantly to Facebook or flikr or whatever, that the idea of hiring someone to take pictures seems a silly waste of money. People tend to value the reaction they get on line over the value of hanging a photo in a frame on the wall or even sticking a photo on the fridge with a magnet. This article is making the interesting observation that the most popular images on line are the most mundane. People like slice of life type photography and the fact that it was taken with instagram and posted on facebook is all the better. There are some people successfully riding the tidal wave. For instance Dan Burkholder who is taking photos with his phone for that look and then making digital negatives on his computer and making platinum prints.

I think there is a plus side to it though. We dinosaurs who treat photography as a fine craft and a fine art are becoming more and more distinct from everyday photography.