When it comes down to it, what sort of photography do I actually like?
Here’s a wee bit of personal if rather ‘vague’ research. I’ve been a Flickr user for about seven years. Thought I’d have a look through the photos from other people that I’ve marked as “favourites” over the years, to see what sort of themes occur. You can see the whole lot (there’s a few hundred!) by using this link. I’ve just spent a while browsing through them, and here’s what I see…
I see lots of ‘patterns’ and ‘textures’.
I see lots of abstracts and special effects.
I see lots of ‘urban’ street shots and architecture
I see lots of lego!
I see lots of signage and graffiti.
I see lots of ‘detail’ or even ‘macro’ shots.
More recently, I see people and faces.
And here’s what I don’t see
Anything that looks like it’s shot in a studio
Which I think is interesting. What sort of photography do I like? Stuff that reflects real life.
Looking through it’s often difficult to categorise some photos. I was surprised how many I’d marked as ‘favourite’ that fell broadly into a ‘landscape’ theme, although there’s not all that many that would really be considered ‘classic’ landscape photography. And sometimes I look and think – what is it about this photograph that inspired to me to click that ‘favourite’ button? If there’s one recurring connection between them, I guess it’s a kind of ‘quirkiness’. But that’s not really a definable quality.
For what it’s worth, as I went through the list I paid careful attention to which ones still stood out and caught my eye. I was going to post them all on here, but they’re all copyright so rather than wait around to get permission from everyone I’ve put them in a Flickr gallery. Click the thumbnails to see the whole gallery and what I’ve said about each one…
Oh, and here’s that link to all my favourites again. In case you missed it further up.