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A Flickr Phenomenon

Famine Memorial in Dublin
Famine Memorial in Dublin

I found out this morning that my photo (above) of Dublin’s Famine Memorial will be featured in the online travel site Schmap!! for their Dublin travel guide. Be sure to click here to check it out, so I can soak up all my 15 minutes of fame. The Schmap!! editors found the photo on Flickr, where I post all my photos, and where they probably find all the photos for their guides.

I love the phenomenon that is Flickr: a giant public repository and gallery for millions of photos around the world. And my favorite part? The tags, which let you search for photos of almost anything. For example, I came up with 3,526 photos when I searched for “Ben Harper,” 29,598 photos for “Berlin Wall,” and 328,202 photos for “kitten.”

It’s this phenomenon that has also gotten two other photos from my Flickr account posted around the web (other than on this site, of course). Mein Schatz took the photo below in the Bethesda Terrace Underpass in Central Park, which was featured in this post of the Gothamist.

Performer in Central Park
Performer in Central Park

And my photo of Frank’s amazing pumpkin pie from Pre-Thanksgiving was featured in an article called “Pumpkin Pie: It Rocks” on the Now Public site.

Pumpkin pie
Pumpkin pie

I love the idea of taking part in a community of photographers, and having those photographs enjoyed by both my friends and family, and by a wider community of other venues and websites.

What a phenomenon! Click here for more on Sunday Scribblings.


  1. paisley says:

    i am so glad to hear about this from the artists perception. i use a lot of photos/art etc on my page that i find in google. i do name the artist and link back to the site i down loaded it from ,,, but i always wonder if they are happy or sad or angry that i am making their work available for viewing to my little audience….

    thank you so much for this information…

    next time i am in flickr i think ill search just to see what i come up with…..

  2. bonggamom says:

    Yes, Flickr is great, and I’ll have to admit that I’ve borrowed a photo or two from a fellow Flickr-er (always with proper recognition and thanks, of course).

  3. Gill says:

    Flickr is amazing, I always look there for photos for my posts. I link back to the photographer, but often wonder if they even realise that there work has been used and appreciated by someone else. Congrats on your photos being used on the travel site. Wow!

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