There are other means as well, those photoblogs: What of those images that we create that can be so beautiful. Here too the artist ought be paid: Flickr is a great site and allows us to showcase the best of our photography and for me anyway, has been and remains an excellent source of being able to document my life in such a way that is both interesting, has won some small awards (always nice) and has received the accolades that I have wanted.
Yes, there is a downside or has been at times. Flickr, sadly, has become a place for trolls and lurkers who hang about waiting to pounce, particularly on women, who show any skin at all (even tastefully, appropriately or perhaps those in particular because what is hidden remains a lot more interesting than that which is offered up freely.).
There has always been something more interesting about the girl or guy who holds back and doesn’t give it all at once, or give it at all. Someone like the photographer Ralph Gibson who could and still does create the most erotic and sensual images that remain regardless, not sexual or pornographic in the least.
At Flickr, while there may be a lot of junk, there is also a great deal of real talent and I think Flickr is an excellent place for talented people to find each other and work and collaborate, be they artists and artists or artists and models and so on.
Flickr, in the final account, may be one of the few places that will enable those of us willing to offer up our goods for free on the Web in the hope that something good or better will come of it not only from the exposure, but from the introductions we make and the people we meet. Yes, there are far too many creeps and trolls, whom, I will say to their great credit, Flickr dispenses with immediately, all you have to do is report them through their easy email system.
Should anyone leave an inappropriate comment on what I would and likely, you, would consider a rather innocuous albeit sensual photograph of a woman’s leg or shins, or slope of breast (covered), Flickr will see to it that the person is banned right away.
More, they have set up precautionary measures for users so that, for instance, you can make it so that no-one can zoom in on your photographs and save them to their hard-drive so they cannot right-click and “save as.” You can also block certain people from commenting, make specific photographs private if you feel at all concerned and select who can see those photographs by making select contacts “family” or “friends.” When you do this, the image appears only white to everyone else, but shows up for those in your select contacts.