When I went to Cuba for the seventh time, a few months ago,
I took almost 800 photos. I went through them & culled them down to a few
that were worthy of posting online, on my favorite online photo sharing site,
If you don?t know the history of flickr, they used to be a
Canadian company, based in B.C.. They had some marvelous technology, but a
larger American company, Yahoo, bought out flickr. So, Flickr is no longer
Canadian, it?s now American.
Flickr has this thing called ?Interestingness?, which lately
anyway, has become complete bullshit & is increasingly becoming more &
more stupid and ridiculous. The idea is that out of the thousands & thousands of
photos that are submitted daily, the top 500 ?most interesting? photos are
featured in ?explore? or ?interestingness? as they are called on this web site.
Now, they supposedly have this logarithm for figuring things
out, you know, to see what makes it. Well, they?ve changed it lately & it
just SUCKS. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it. A picture with 12
views, 2 comments & 1 favorite may make it, while one with several hundred
views, 30 comments and 20 favorites may not. Not only that but, images that are
not even photographs are making it. I mean, screen shots? COME ON!!! Someone once asked me how to make ?interestingness?.
I said, ?Take a picture of a cat?.
I mean, give me a fucking break. What genius decided that screen shots, mosaics and things that just aren?t even photographs should make
it to a photographic site ?interestingness? section?
I?ve heard it?s based on ?tags?. Tags are key words that
describe what your photo is about. The hot tag these days is HDR, which stands
for ?High Dynamic Range?. It?s basically three pictures taken at different exposures
then blended together with software. Again, not really photographs, but images.
It seems ANYTHING with this tag will make it, no matter if it?s good or not.
The dullest ordinary landscape will be high on the list, as long as it has the
My Cuba pictures, naturally, are tagged with ?Cuba?. Some of
them are quite good, so I have been told, and the number of views, comments and
favorites I have received confirms that. Some have even been, at prompting from
my contemporaries, entered in photo contests. Despite the accolades of my
peers, the hundreds of views, comments and favorites, to a photo, they are
devoid of ?interestingness?.
NOW?a lot of them made it early on (the photos change over
time), but were almost immediately dropped. I have had well over 100 of
my posted photos, about 20% or so featured there at one time or another, but these
latest ones, some of which are my best, have the most views, comments &
favorites (the ones tagged CUBA), are seemingly banned from this selection of
work. Remember it?s an American company now. CUBA is a pretty
politically incorrect word for America. Gee?they aren?t there! What fucking
They wonder why a lot of the rest of the world hates them.
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