flick this

three of us., originally uploaded by youngdoo.


It’s true that I prattle on about Flickr and its virtues. It’s true that I use such superlative proclamations as “Flickr has changed my life” and “If I could make-out with a website, I would make-out with Flickr.”

But it is also true that Flickr has brought some amazing people into my life, including A German who flew all the way to Korea to eat Two Two Chicken with me. These are the kind I like to call “Keepers”. And Flickr is now responsible for providing me with a network of friends here in Seoul, a group of individuals who like to take photos and drink beer, which is remarkably convenient considering my own personal interests.

This last week I had the pleasure of meeting my new friends not once but twice; first on Sunday for an afternoon of shooting, and then again on Thursday at Seoul’s 24 Hours of Flickr party, where I was able to pose for polaroids using this trademarked ass grabbing pose.

Interestingly yet not surprisingly, I don’t shoot very much at these gatherings. I’m too busy with all the Talking With My Hands® to operate my camera. Additionally, my poor little Minolta shrinks into the background with significant megapixel envy as soon as all those SLRs are whipped out. I cannot talk about cleaning sensors or the finer points of using the 50mm prime, but I do get to exhaust others with my devotion to Adobe Lightroom and my tendency to overshare.

It is now clear that had I gotten around to joining up with this group earlier, I could have saved myself several months of whining about isolation and loneliness. Next weekend we’ll be communing at Olympic Park to take pictures of the Dr. Suess trees; I look forward to being the expert on the location, the Tour Guide for my new friends.

5 Responses to “flick this”

  1. liz says:

    i like Dr. Suess

    but not as much as i like you

    i’m glad you’ve found a social network, who cares when it came around?

  2. doogin says:

    size isn’t everything … 80% of folks using above 8 don’t need it… both statements are from a scientific study that was conducted.

  3. American Ann says:

    My G7 can hang out in the corner with your Minolta shyly glancing at the Nikon Dnumbers and Canon EOSnumbers.

    And had no idea you were the one responsible for registering Talking With My Hands. I tried trademarking it but it’s been held up in litigation for years.

  4. Phil Pogg says:

    Can you imagine that everything Steph has written is absolutely true, and absolutely witty, AT THE SAME TIME!!

    Me too, I’m shy with my miserable small so-called “bridge camera” when Derek & the gang show off their big zooms ;-))
    Me too, I wish I had discover Flickr in Seoul a bit earlier than… 29 days and 7 hours before I leave Korea, ouiiiinnnn…
    Where in Seoul, where on earth, can you find a place with cool people that you did not know one millisecond earlier, instantaneously fall in love with their sense of humour, their smile or their photography skills (aaahhh… youngdoo, b@lu, derekwin, mel…)?
    Where in Seoul, where on earth, can you chat with a famous cinema star nicknamed Liz about a great band like Calexico, or how Korean pupils all have one dead person in their family???
    And all of that with people kindly admitting by principle that French are not the most arrogant, self-centered people, worst English speakers in the world?? Where?

    Steph, please be our most delicious guide on Sunday, under the flags flapping in the wind (not the moon).

  5. joon joon says:

    glad to have discovered your blog finally.
    it’s not the camera. it’s the vision and the creativity you convey thru the lens. but you already knew that. :)

    i’m totally with you on how flickr has brought a lot of creative minds together.
    it has brought hope to my adventurous journey in korea.
    so yes. go flickr. go you, me and all of us.

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