My cameras over time

Here’s a little aside between my editing process on desktop and on mobile.

I have used and owned the following still cameras:

  • 1999-2001: Sony MAVICA (on loan from my Dad and whose model I don’t remember. It’s the kind that recorded low resolution photos on FLOPPY DISKS! 😱 and I had to carry a bag big enough for the camera and the 10 or so floppies I needed on a typical day.)
  • 2001-2003: Sony DSC-P1
  • 2003-2006: Sony DSC-P12
  • 2006-2007: Fujifilm FinePix S7000 (bought second hand from a colleague of mine.)
  • 2007-2009: Canon PowerShot S5 IS (I barely remember it!)
  • 2009-2012: Panasonic Lumix GH1
  • 2011: Polaroid 300! (Obviously not digital)
  • 2012-current: Panasonic Lumix GH3

I loved them all! Although I don’t remember the Canon, I took many pictures that I love with it. Here are pictures I could find of me and them over time:

Flickr stats: me wins, my photos lose, meh

Screenshot of the Flickr app showing the all-time views, the 1st photo has had over 124K, 2nd 45K, 3rd 36K, 4th 30K, 5th 28K. All but the 4th are photos picturing me.

What my top-five most viewed photos tell me is that I should have been a model in my early thirties rather than a wannabe photographer.

I have been using Flickr since 2005.

Well, I have not used it for several years now, and I think I just understood why:

The most viewed photos are almost entirely pictures I posted that picture me. They are part of the story I told about me on this platform, but they are not photos I took. (Although I did a series of self portraits in a dusty mirror which are of me, by me.)

But I don’t use the platform to show myself (that’s what Instagram is about, right? And I left that one already), as much as to showcase my photography at the same time as I photo-document bits of my life.

The only photo where I am not, among the top five, is a byproduct of its title being the same as swingers club (a coincidence, which I blogged about in 2006 when I figured out why it was my most popular photo.)

I think I will find out how much longer the pro membership I paid is, and find an exit strategy for all of my photos on this platform. There is appetite for how I was about 10 years ago more than there is appetite for the stuff I want to show, much to my dismay.