Go Discover the Flickr Commons
Flickr Commons is absolutely awesome. Working in the editorial photo space I see a lot of editorial and news photographs, what I have always missed and tend to gravitate towards are cultural heritage photos and archive photos that we never ever get to see openly. Sometimes they are behind walls (no access to consumers), sometimes the search tools of the sites hosting the collections are so terrible that one gives up any hope of finding anything useful. I am so looking forward to this Flickr pilot succeeding.
The first part of the Flickr Commons project is a pilot that the Flickr team has created in partnership with The Library of Congress. The Library’s catalogue is not entirely available on Flickr: the Library of Congress team has selected 1,500 photographs from their collections to showcase on Flickr. This is a brilliant start! Awesomeness! Now what the project is really about is: showcasing the image collection and allowing the public at large to tag the images. There are today over 20 million tags on Flickr. And the hope here is that these additional tags could make searching the Library of Congress collections easier and better in the future. I am in. So folks, join me, and get tagging! The Library of Congress also has a blog post about the initiative.
Is facebook freeloading? You be the judge, a great news piece from CBC – via Paul Melcher.
Now I wish I was flying back home today and landing on time to attend the 5th Toronto Photo Marathon. It is happening this evening and if you are around, Melina – an Idealists, since that’s what we call folks who work at Idée – is participating and she needs your vote! Last year’s event was a blast. So get out there.
The Toronto Marathon organizers basically put together an event where photographers are given 24 hours to produce a series of photographs for 12 themes. Each participant brings their camera and is given one 12 photo roll. They are also given 12 theme and need to take a single photograph for each one of the theme. Now, it goes without saying that this is not a digital contest: cameras used are not digital! Single shot! Scary really: I need to take 20-30 shots of the same item to get one decent shot, but that’s also because I just aim the camera and shoot – sometimes not even looking at the viewfinder.
So this evening (Saturday) you will all get to see what the participants photographs and you get to vote for the best ones or the ones you like the most.
This event has its roots in Brazil. The organizers in Toronto are Brazilians and they tell me that each year in Brazil, in the island city of Florianópolis, Brazilians load film in their cameras and listen to the radio to hear for the secret theme or subject to be broadcast live every few hours. They then race around the city capturing an image that meets the theme’s requirements. This has been going on for over a decade.
Today you too can enjoy a touch of Brazil in Toronto brought to you by Everton Souza and Lalo Porto.
Details for the evening are below:
When: 7 PM – 2 AM
Where: Spin Gallery, 1100 Queen Street West, 2nd Floor
Voting: From 7 PM – 9:30 PM