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WordPress.comFlickr Friday – My Heart Will Go On

2018-02-16T23:22:27Z

Everyone has a love-hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. We’ve all at some point spent the day alone, in love, or wishing for one of the […]

Everyone has a love-hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. We’ve all at some point spent the day alone, in love, or wishing for one of the above. The one consistently good thing about Valentine’s Day is that it has to end eventually, and what it does we get to move on. This is the inspiration behind this Flickr Friday’s theme #MyHeartWillGoOn.

Naturally, there has to be one photo selected of the creepy, yet oddly soothing little wooden man. Flickr Friday wouldn’t be the same without him! The natural tones in this photo are extremely calming and these lighter hues would be great to paint the inside of a therapist office. Some of us may need a visit there after an extra though Valentine’s Day- no judging!

The photo above took us slightly by surprise as we couldn’t determine whether or not people deliberately shaped the wire like that, or if time just decided to get creative. Either way, props to the great capture.

The feather photo really stood out among the other contestants. Not only for the phenomenal composition, but simply because of the subject! How in the world do you get a feather to stay upright like that- even for a moment? How are you hiding the tape? What is this this fantastical illusion before our eyes? Is this feather photo a metaphor for love, so challenging it’s almost …impossible?

Either way, if you’re interested in checking out the best photos from the many submissions we had this week, take a look at the #MyHeartWillGoOn gallery and add your themed photo in the comments section using the format: [Flickr Link]. Don’t forget to submit your Flickr Friday themed photograph to the Flickr Friday Group for next weeks challenge!




Welcoming the Year of the Dog

2018-02-16T19:45:17Z

If you had any doubts as to how well this year will turn out, rest assured because it’s the year of man’s most lovable furry […]

If you had any doubts as to how well this year will turn out, rest assured because it’s the year of man’s most lovable furry companion- the dog. Chinese New Year rings in on a different date each year due to the lunar calendar. This year it falls on February 16th, 2018 and it’s cause for approximately two weeks of celebration!

Children are glad this new year doesn’t come with any new traditions, as it is Chinese custom for children or younger unwed family members to receive red envelopes filled with ‘lucky money.’ Perhaps the single life is the good life after all.

If you have a fear of things you can’t see, but can only sense then perhaps think about heading to your nearest major city or capital this Chinese New Year. Firecrackers and fireworks are customary, although banned in many countries, and it is believed the loud noise of the gunpowder scares away unwarranted spirits. Head to Beijing; you’ll be safe there.

If you’re in desperate need of some luck, attend a Dragon Dance! The history of the dragon dance dates back more than two thousand years to ancient China. Time has allowed traditional dance to spiral into a variety of creations, the Dragon Dance being one of them. Deriving from the Han Dynasty, it is the most popularly performed folk dance, created in honor of new year celebrations. It is believed the longer the dragon is, the luckier the dance will be!

If you’ve ever wondered about those red lanterns everywhere, they are also a Chinese New Year tradition! They were originally used as a light source because the paper wrapping made it very versatile. The silk or paper protectant kept the wind from letting the lantern go out when placed outdoors, and the paper protectant also created a wonderfully subtle ambiance indoors. Although there are three different types of lanterns- hanging, flying and floating, the hanging lanterns remain the most widely used.

If you’re interested in more photos from Chinese New Year celebrations around the world, make sure to check out the Chinatowns of the World group! Keep the evil spirits away and watch a Dragon Dance or catch a firework show! Either way, have a very blessed Chinese New Year!




Happy Valentine’s Day!

2018-02-14T23:14:02Z

No matter who you are holding tonight… Or who will have the pleasure of planting a delicate kiss upon your cheek… We hope your Valentine’s […]

No matter who you are holding tonight…

Or who will have the pleasure of planting a delicate kiss upon your cheek…

We hope your Valentine’s Day is full of crazy amounts of love from any species. In case you’re not into the first part, it’s also Single Awareness Day, and usually chocolates will be discounted starting the very next day so take the necessary steps to ensure a proper amount of chocolate acquisition. Let’s keep it real, guys.

Happy Valentine’s Day :)




Flickr Heroes of the Week

2018-02-13T00:10:04Z

All that you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. The Flickr Heroes of the week are ‘The Danger Zone’ by Werner Krause on Facebook and […]

All that you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. The Flickr Heroes of the week are ‘The Danger Zone’ by Werner Krause on Facebook and Twitter & ‘Meerkat with a corona’ by Andrew Robertson on Tumblr and Google+

Interested in having your photo featured as a cover image on our social media pages? Join the Flickr Heroes group!

The Honorable Mentions for the week are below:

If you want your photo to be considered for next week, submit your best images to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning. Winners are announced in the Flickr Heroes Group, on the blog, and across our social media accounts. Check them out before they change next Monday!

Flickr on Facebook

Flickr on Twitter

Flickr on Tumblr

Flickr on Instagram

Flickr on Google+




Happy 14th Birthday, Flickr!

2018-02-10T18:38:31Z

Flickr turned 14 today, and we couldn’t be prouder of the fantastic photo community we’ve built together over the years. Thank you, FlickrFam! We couldn’t […]

Flickr turned 14 today, and we couldn’t be prouder of the fantastic photo community we’ve built together over the years. Thank you, FlickrFam! We couldn’t have made it this far without you.

To celebrate this special occasion, each member of Flickr staff picked their all-time favorite Flickr photo for a gallery, but only fourteen made the cut. Check them out!

Cheers to many more years!




What’s Trending?

2018-02-06T23:14:26Z

If you haven’t noticed the recent rise in photos of women posing behind, in or around tree branches, then perhaps you’ve been hiding in the […]If you haven’t noticed the recent rise in photos of women posing behind, in or around tree branches, then perhaps you’ve been hiding in the tree bushes too. This trend has recently dominated the conceptual and fine art photography space, and we want to know why. With the help of the incredible fine art photographer Federico Sciuca, we’re diving into the meaning, inspiration, and creation process behind this trend. Federico is a full-time student at the University of Trieste, northeast of Italy. Although he’s only been practicing photography since 2014, he has conjured up quite the fan base on Flickr with over a million views and almost two thousand followers. His unique perspective on this rising trend has sparked our interest! You can learn a lot about a photographer by the way they take photos and how they show their subjects in them. Because this idea of photographing a young woman’s face surrounded with leaves and flowers is so in style, people have uniquely created it millions of times. But which ones stand out amongst the others and why? There is a saying which states that the eyes are the window to a person’s soul. In this trend, the eyes play a really significant role as they are the “secret door” into the soul of the portrait. The eyes become the primary focus because they tell us so much about the subject. When looking someone in the eyes, we can experience their being, their essence and their character without ever saying a word. Federico sees a clear connection between women and nature. Besides the aesthetic value of women posing between leaves, flowers and lush greenery, there is a certain element of mystique that has shrouded this combination of women and nature since ancient times. Take the “Birth Of Venus” by Botticelli as an example. This painting is riddled in elements of nature surrounding Venus. Flowers are showered to her left, a deep green tree to her right and one of the three Horae (goddesses of the seasons) stands with her upper body wrapped in flowered vines. This is more than a recurring trend, it’s history. Although there is always something unmistakably spiritual in the purity of nature, the closest we can get to capturing it is photography. Federico’s relation to nature is almost always incorporated in his photographs, as he longs for the times when he can photograph outside of the city. Because as a student he is so encompassed in the city life, nature is intriguing and inspiring because it’s rare. If you like this style, be sure to check out our Trending Pose gallery and if you want to see more of Federico’s work, check out his Photostream! [...]



Flickr Heroes of the Week

2018-02-05T22:19:50Z

Happy Monday! As per the usual, this was a tough decision but it has been made! The winners of this week’s Flickr Heroes challenge are […]

Happy Monday! As per the usual, this was a tough decision but it has been made! The winners of this week’s Flickr Heroes challenge are ‘Ground’ by Mher Karapetyanon on Tumblr and Twitter & ‘Beautiful Beast’ by Ophelio Snaps on Facebook and Google+

Interested in having your photo featured as a cover image on our social media pages? Join the Flickr Heroes group!

The Honorable Mentions for the week are below:

If you want your photo to be considered for next week, submit your best images to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning. Winners are announced in the Flickr Heroes Group, on the blog, and across our social media accounts. Check them out before they change!

Flickr on Facebook

Flickr on Twitter

Flickr on Tumblr

Flickr on Instagram

Flickr on Google+




NOW OPEN – Flickr Carnival Group

2018-02-05T22:19:27Z

Carnival season is underway in many countries across the world, and we didn’t want to miss the chance to celebrate such a special occasion with […]Carnival season is underway in many countries across the world, and we didn’t want to miss the chance to celebrate such a special occasion with the Flickr community! The Venice Carnival just started, the Rio Carnival is approaching fast, and Mardi Gras parties are just around the corner! No matter where in the world you are, you can still participate! We want to see every costume parade, masquerade, dance, firework show, and colorful tradition out there. The Flickr Carnival group is now open to submissions and, as in previous years, we are encouraging all Flickr users to share their photos with the world. You’ll be happy to hear the Flickr Carnival group isn’t the jealous type and doesn’t care how many other groups a photo is in, so don’t worry about the limits! Add your images to the official group and tag them with #FlickrCarnival. We’ll promote our favorites on the Flickr Blog and on Flickr social media channels throughout the months of February and March. Be sure to update your social media links on your Flickr About page so we can tag you. We’ll always give your work credit with a link back to your Flickr account. We also encourage you to share the stories behind the images you upload to the group by adding a photo description. Here are some of our favorite carnival photos from the past year. Get inspired! [...]



Flickr Friday – Three’s a Crowd

2018-02-02T23:26:53Z

Everyone knows how difficult it is to be the unwanted third wheel. This awkward situation has been upon people (and cows apparently) for centuries. It’s […]

Everyone knows how difficult it is to be the unwanted third wheel. This awkward situation has been upon people (and cows apparently) for centuries. It’s difficult to stay but it’s even more difficult to leave which is why you find yourself stuck in this horrid place in between. Here are a few pics from this Flickr Friday’s group challenge themed “Three’s a Crowd.” Hopefully these photos will make you feel less alone in your sense of outsider awkwardness.

Even though there may not always be a physical bar between you and the couple wishing you’d leave, it often feels like there is. When this emotional barrier is placed between you and the two others really hitting it off, it makes you wonder if they even notice you standing there. Maybe they are so interested in each other, they could not care less if you stayed or left because in the end you are just background noise! The little man below seems to have figured this out. That seems like it could be a fake smile though.

In the best case scenario, the two you are third wheeling are a completely different species from your own and don’t even mind you being there. If only all awkward situations took place with animals or objects instead of humans. What a nice world that would be.

If you’re interested in seeing more third wheeling photographs, be sure to check out our “Three’s a Crowd” gallery! If you want your photo to have the chance to be featured on the blog or gallery, be sure to submit them to our Flickr Friday group by Thursday afternoon of every week! Winners are announced every Friday so enter now!




Untouched & Dreamlike

2018-02-02T22:39:25Z

Victor Habchy is a professional photographer and film director in Paris, France.Victor Habchy is a professional photographer and film director in Paris, France. Although he would categorize his work as “dreamy,” we see it as so much more. Victor visually creates new worlds with ease, his only hope being that his work makes people interpret their feelings as their singular truth and no-one else’s. For that reason, he says, he doesn’t like to comment on his photos in fear it will tarnish the independent perspective of other viewers from their own ideas and thoughts. Victor’s imagination truly ran rampant during his trip to Burning Man, an annual meet up in Nevada, California, in which a community of people lives in a “decommodified” space. This experience inspired an entire Burning Man series which can be seen in the photos above and below. One of the reasons he was most attracted to this event was specifically because he had heard so much about it in the past that he was curious to find out if it was as surreal as people said. After undergoing the entire experience, Victor concluded it was, in fact, more dreamlike than he ever imagined. Victor’s passion is creating. Creation cures his whole self and allows him to live a more fulfilling life. In Victor’s eyes, the understanding of raw emotion is a key component of a plentiful and productive life. When he is creating, he feels as though he is much more connected to his emotions. Something important to note about Victor’s desire to create is that he admires Photoshop minimalists. He strives for his images to stay as true-to-life as they were the moment they were taken. This is why his work remains unvisited a second time. Victor creates incredibly authentic photographs, meaning that the majority of them are hardly manipulated or retouched at all. Since Victor is based in Paris, France, there are no shortages of people to collaborate with. This happens to be one his favorite parts about photographing! The friendly people in Paris have also been a great benefit to Victor’s learning process. Because he is self-taught, he has gained experience by using the supportive community of his hometown as his main schooling. If you’re curious what equipment he shoots with, Victor is always looking to give away information to help other photographers grow! He has a Sony A7sII because of its fantastic low light capabilities in photography and video. His favorite lens is his 10-20mm wide angle because it adds a unique perspective to any photo. If you happen to be in Paris during the month of March, sign up to attend his workshop with this link! If you can’t make it, be sure to keep an eye on his Flickr Photostream or check out his personal portfolio! [...]



Flickr Heroes of the Week

2018-01-30T00:19:11Z

Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are: ‘Deep Green’ by Can Tuçer on Tumblr and Twitter & ‘Nice to Meet You’ by Paul Chanon […]

Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are: ‘Deep Green’ by Can Tuçer on Tumblr and Twitter & ‘Nice to Meet You’ by Paul Chanon on Facebook and Google+

Interested in having your photo featured as a cover image on our social media pages? Join the Flickr Heroes group!

Here are some Honorable Mentions for this week:

If you want your photo to be considered for next week, submit your best images to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning. Winners are announced in the Flickr Heroes Group, on the blog, and across our social media accounts. Check them out before they change!

Flickr on Facebook

Flickr on Twitter

Flickr on Tumblr

Flickr on Instagram

Flickr on Google+




Flickr Friday – Ring the Bell

2018-01-26T20:01:01Z

Since when did bells go out of fashion? Even bell bottom jeans are struggling. This Flickr Friday theme was to #RingTheBell and we could tell […]

Since when did bells go out of fashion? Even bell bottom jeans are struggling. This Flickr Friday theme was to #RingTheBell and we could tell people were definitely challenged. We’d just like to note that we added the photo below into the Flickr Friday gallery because after a thorough investigation, we’ve deemed chimes an acceptable enough relation to bells.

Did you know that “chimes” also goes by a different name? They are called “tubular bells” which therefore classifies it directly in the bell species.

Now if you’re wondering why bells have become so hard to come by lately, it’s because their classical use has become almost unnecessary. Take for example this bell on the bike. Yes, it does give it that retro, rustic 80’s feel but how useful really is it? If you’re riding alongside a car and you ring your bell, do you think they’ll be able to hear you with their windows up, engine on and most likely radio playing? The odds aren’t in your favor.

If you’re biking next to pedestrians, they’d most likely hear your bell! But everyone has their earphones in anyways so we’d highly doubt the bell would be of any use then either. Thanks, Apple.

We’re not 100% sure what’s going on in this photo, but we’re loving it anyways. It’s not too often you see a bell that clean. Actually it’s not too often you see anything that clean.

No matter where the bell goes in the future, it will always hold a special place in our hearts. For those of you that had a school bell, bells are associated with that eagerly anticipated lunch time or the end of another exhausting school day. For those of you that had a bell on your bike, it will be associated with the freedom of long rides and autumn afternoons. For every bell, there’s a memory to go with it. They hold a very oddly shaped piece in our hearts.

If you want to walk down memory lane, check out our #RingTheBell gallery and add your bell picture in the comments section using the format: [Flickr Link]. Don’t forget to submit your Flickr Friday themed photograph to the Flickr Friday Group for next weeks challenge!