How many images are uploaded to the photo-sharing site, Flickr, over a 24-hour period? This many:
Dutch visual artist Erik Kessels has opened a show at the Foam photography gallery in Amsterdam on the future of photography.
"This glut is in large part the result of image-sharing sites like Flickr, networking sites like Facebook, and picture-based search engines," Kessels tells Creative Review. "Their content mingles public and private, with the very personal being openly and un-selfconsciously displayed. By printing all the images uploaded in a 24-hour period, I visualise the feeling of drowning in representations of other peoples' experiences."
That sounds like a negative, which is the way Creative Review sees it. With so much sharing of images, can the really good photography stand out?
Do you feel as though you're drowning in the experiences of others?
Finding the truly amazing photos is all about knowing where to look and knowing who takes compelling photos as opposed to those who post all of their snapshots. Once a day I dig through about 100 photo pools as well as my own contacts on Flickr to find just that and share one or two or three of those photos on a little photo blog aggregation website. But being that quality is subjective, one person's opinion doesn't really mean much to the population as a whole.