Today I hit a major milestone on Flickr. My Photostream exceeded 1,000,000 views! It has taken good bit of time to get there. I've been posting to Flickr since August of 2009, although not always regularly. My Photostream effectively documents my progression in the art of photography from my first shots as I struggled to learn how to operate my first camera to now.
I think I've gotten a little better over the years and hope some of you agree. It's interesting to see how my style has evolved. There is quite the gamut of subject material and photographic technique in my Photostream. I was initially very interested in HDR. That technique still holds a place in my toolbox of skills, although it certainly isn't my primary interest any longer. Lately I've been dabbling mostly in black and white, a good bit of which I am shooting on film. Not a week goes by that I don't learn something new. It's a wonderful journey and it's far from complete. Certainly, I know more about myself as a photographer than I did 5 years ago. However, I still study the art of photography with the wonderment of a child. There is so much to learn.
The ability to instantaneously share content on the Internet makes for a cacophonic world online. It's kind of a catch-22 situation these days. Never before has it been so easy to create and share images with the world. Yet, the glut of images posted with every passing second compete for the attention of a bombarded and distracted worldwide audience. It is easy to make images available to the world; getting the world to take notice of them is becoming increasingly difficult.
I'm grateful that so many people seem to find my images interesting enough to keep returning to view my Photostream. In the big picture (no pun intended) a million views may not be considered much over a period of nearly 5 years. I'm sure there are photographers who attract that many views in a fraction of that time span. Regardless, I couldn't have imagined getting that much attention on my photos back in 2009. I stand amazed, humbled, inspired, and thankful.