Paintball at a festival in Wisbech. Taken with my ickle 50p Olympus XA2 zone focus compact camera, loaded with Poundland film.
I don’t just post images to the image sharing website Flickr, I also spend a LOT of time viewing the works of other’s, especially those of my contacts and in Flickr Groups (now being renamed Communities), that I also belong to. I’ve never been a chatty social networker, but I do like to Fave what I like, and to add to my ever growing Favourites Gallery. What sorts of photos do I fave the most? What do I like to look at?
I especially like to browse the medium format and film Groups, but not exclusively. What about the subject though?
I like images of people. Street, candid, studio, glamour, erotic, but especially portrait. When I look through my favourites, it is dominated by photographs of people. People attract me. I think that people are the best subject for photography. I’d guess that the best part of my favourites are of people.
Following a distant second, third, and fourth place to people are cameras, dogs, and motor vehicles (mainly motorcycles). All are solid subjects. After that, other animals, colour, lines, negative space, framing, the quirky, landscape, and buildings. However, add them altogether, and they wont equal to the number of photographs on Flickr that I like, of people. I wish that I photographed people more.
I like photos to have good light. I like them to have had some effort and thought put in to them. I like originality, even in a portrait. I like imagination. I like atmosphere.
What I don’t like is lack of subject. I’ve mentioned before, my revulsion at bad photos of trees. I also don’t like too much digital post process editing. I frequently use software to enhance digital images, but you see so many decent images shattered by bad or over-the-top editing. I don’t like HDR images, they belong to photographic Satan. I try not to fave photos of other people’s art (such as Graffiti – unless it’s message needs spreading). It feels like third party theft. I don’t often fave highly polished, digitalised, studio images. I prefer a bit of quirkiness, imperfection, grain and contrast. I try not to fave too many street photographs of people’s backs. Street is supposed to be close and up front or it’s not street. Neither do I like the fluffy and posed grinning and often soppy romantic, photography generated by western youths, that see “professional photography” as their benchmark. It’s horrid, it makes me want to vomit. Mentions of western school – I do like so much medium format portrait photography produced in Eastern Europe, particularly in Russia. I also quite like some of the colourful medium format photography from Japan and the Far East.
There you go, that’s what I like. Imagination, light, effort, people, and quirk.