Global Shots of Life from Flickr
I can’t help but notice that the Flickr partnership is turning up a very different type of imagery from what we normally edit.
They’re not all “slice of life” pictures either — there’s some really considered, crafted work from hugely talented photographers. What I get a kick out of is the tiny details of people’s lives – the little moments that say or reveal a lot, which are local but universal.
The shot above from a photographer in Barcelona is a great example – you have all the intimacy of family life, care and protection, animal instinct – maybe also competition! It’s shot through (excuse the pun) with humor and warmth. This is true of a lot of Flickr imagery and is amazingly hard to recreate.
Images like this also have a general appeal, despite (or maybe because?) they’re intensely individual. Like a lot of the Flickr stuff I love, if you read a description of the shot you’d struggle to visualize it – but it works.