I’ve never been a fan of Flickr. I dislike how photos are lifted from Flickr all the time without proper citation. One of my biggest annoyances regarding my artwork or other people’s work is when it’s posted on-line with no link back or extra information regarding the artist or the circumstances regarding the image’s origin. Instead you get “neat huh?” “Cool photo!” “Look at this!” etc and while it’s great that more eyes are seeing the image, it undermines the artist’s visibility because the citation is not always accurately presented. A good example of this lack of information can be seen at the social image bookmarking website FFFFOUND!. This lack of citation is not the case 100% of the time, but its the main reason why I don’t upload my artwork to Flickr. Since I have ample server space and nearly unlimited bandwidth I’ve never needed another repository for my images.
I also don’t like the stalker ability that comes with having all of your photographs on-line for strangers to look at and download. I won’t name names, but I’ve looked through some Flickr photostreams of some of my friends and have found that the photos offer far too much information about their lives, activities, and friends. You can look through someone’s photos and see their exes, the interior of their homes, and basically just about anything the person decided to place out there for strangers to view. Worse is that you cannot access the information regarding where your photographs are viewed from. Since I have access to my website’s server logs I can find exactly how many times a photograph has been looked at and by what IP addresses. This information is shielded from the Flickr user and dumbed down to a lowly view counter.
With those reservations aside, I decided to play nice and upload one photograph of my Artomatic 2008 exhibit taken on May 9th. I went through and tagged the photograph twelve times showcasing the content that has been placed on top of the Base Map. Since I embedded quite a few links into the notes, I’ll be able to track exactly who clicks on the image and know with a certain amount of certainty how many times the photograph has been looked at and where the photograph is being looked at from– if they click.
Related Artomatic Entries:
- [Found Maps] License Plate Maps of DC & Maryland at Artomatic 2009
- My Brash poem from Artomatic 2009
- YouTube Video: "A Fly on the Wall at Artomatic"
- I am mentioned in today's Washington Post article "Artomatic '09: Survival Tips From an Expert"
- My Artomatic 2009 Opening Night Exhibit Dissected on Flickr
- A Navy Yard Perspective
- My maps on display at Artomatic 2009
- Quart Bag: A Community Art Show at the Civilian Art Projects
- My Brash Poem from Artomatic 2008
- My Artomatic 2008 Opening Night Exhibit Dissected on Flickr
- My Artomatic 2008 Top 100 by Floor
- 24 on 14th - One Long Day on 14th by Graeme King
- A sampling of Artomatic 2008 YouTube Videos
- Tag Galaxy [featuring Artomatic 2008 photos]
- Swampoodle Quilt #3
- Swampoodle Quilt #2
- Exhibit Fly-Through in Reverse Slow-Motion @ Artomatic 2008
- Artomatic 2008 Opening Night
- SloMo the Statehood Snail visits Swampoodle
- the Artomatic Artist Catalog [PWND] - with updates
- Swampoodle Quilt
- What the Artomatic 2008 venue looked like in March of 2005
- The Base Map Installation @ Artomatic
- The first Artomatic prints have arrived
- ARTOMATIC - 2008 is here and I will be participating for the first time