I am quite overcome by Flickr at the moment. I didn’t use to be. I had created an account several years ago and it just sat there. I didn’t really get what all the hype was about. I remember thinking even that it was just a futile narcissistic exercise; a repetitive posting of images of the self, propelled by a staggering amounts of “likes.” And maybe that is part of what it is, but it is certainly not all. There are at least two noteworthy reasons that make Flickr important for us in the virtual world; one is communication and the other one is art. Communication in Second Life is about expression with images and with Flickr we have discovered another way to communicate in this way. Flickr has become an extension of Second Life itself. In terms of art, there is a new kind of art being expressed and developed on Flickr. I think there are still no obvious guidelines and only very little sense of what kind of direction this new art photography form will take. But it is there.
Photograph by Kate Bergdorf