The internet is the perfect repository of photographs. Good ones, bad ones, excellent ones, award-winning ones, stolen ones, naughty ones, you name the genre and you will find it online. The Facebook statistics for the number of photos uploaded runs into the millions – per hour! And that’s just Facebook, there’s also Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and a host of other sites. And blogs 🙂
As I’ve mentioned before, I have no great skill for taking photographs but I do want to improve so I joined a Facebook group where excellent photographers shared their work. Not all are professional but all posted really good stuff and it was a pleasure to see. I speak in the past tense. Recently, a few newbies misunderstood the general idea and suddenly the group was inundated with the worst images you can imagine. Despite some advice, the culprits continued with no improvement. Some even became very rude when given advice. All missed the sarcasm.
This had two effects, instantly: most of the good stuff and members disappeared and the rest of us roared with derision.
Someone mentioned a secret group where bird photographers were posting their funny mishaps, so an idea was formed – I started a new group for the worst photos of our city. A place where people could safely share all those shots that normally get deleted. The parameters of the group soon evolved into ‘our city, surrounding region and the world in general’.
I have not laughed so much in a long long time.
It’s winter, I am not as busy as I want to be, I am cold, I am almost hibernating – a few good belly-laughs were in order. In just a few days the group has grown and provided me with one of my biggest ever internet distractions (and that’s saying a lot!), and muscle-aching belly laughs. LOL has nothing on this.
So, if you fancy a good laugh and want to learn about photography from a different angle, join us! It’s not secret, we want to share the love.