What follows are some more ramblings about Flickr. As the reader of this blog already knows, I reactivated an old Flickr account last year and have been quite taken with the entire Flickr experience ever since. My enthusiasm, when taking the photographs in Second Life, manipulating them with some software and then posting them on Flickr, has remained a constant from the beginning. Communication, art and creativity are things that occupy my mind as I go through the process of handling my photographs. More recently I started a Flickr group, A Lasting Impression, and was then eventually joined by my co-administrator. It pretty soon became apparent to us that the group is in several ways equivalent to an in-world art gallery. Mostly it is the selecting (similar to curating in-world) and the viewing (similar to gallery display in-world) of the photographs that makes it feel that way. One roadblock that we have repeatedly come up against is selection criteria. We have strict guidelines for photographs accepted into this group and not all photographs fit our mold. When a photograph does not meet our criteria, but is nonetheless great, our selection criteria necessarily become more subjective. The other thing that has proven quite difficult is the rejecting of photographs submitted for admission to the group. These are usually photographs that are decent, but for whatever reason do not fit into the group. Neither of us wants to be the bad-guy and reject a photograph, however, if we want to uphold the high standard of quality of this group we have no choice. Nonetheless, rejecting a photograph is very hard. Overriding the selection of photographs for the group is the question of what is really art. Is a Flickr photograph art and, if yes, what defines Flickr art? Is it the purpose of our group to be an art photography group?
Photograph by Kate Bergdorf