People are strange. Nothing new there, the Doors sang about it in 1967. OK, let me be more precise: some people who use photo sharing sites are weird.
Since starting this website at the beginning of the year I have been researching photographers for my photo of the day feature. While I know there are plenty of photo sharing sites, I have kept to the two most popular: Flickr and 500px. This primarily because I use both of these services and don’t have time for any others. Most of the photographers I have featured I have been following for some time and know their work and style. But I have also been looking at other people’s images to get the widest range of images possible.
The idea behind my photo of the day is to share the images I like, and to promote the photographer. I don’t benefit from this, other than driving some traffic to my site. So, when I find a photograph I like, I go to the photographer’s photostream and look at all their images. By doing this I get a feel for their style and decide whether I want to share their work. This has been a great way to find new people to follow and to provide inspiration for my own photography.
So, why people are strange
I’m not one to criticise people’s creativity, I’m not qualified to do so. Although occasionally I may not understand their subject matter, but that’s my problem. However, I have repeatedly found profile pages with an odd mixture of images. On many occasions I have found myself scrolling through images of artistic value along with family photos, including children, and what are obviously the photographer’s homemade nude photos.
Photographers dabble with new genres and may transition into something like glamour or boudoir. Now I have no objection of any form of photography, but seriously! How can you publish photos of your kids next to your nudes? If you want to expose yourself to the world, that’s fine, but have the decency to do so under a separate account. You could have some of the most beautiful images that deserve to be shared, but I won’t be sharing them.