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Flickr Available In 130 New International App Stores

27 April, by Zee Jenkins[ —]

Everyone has a visual story to tell. Up until now, many of Flickr’s members around the world have been limited to sharing their photographs and stories on Flickr via desktop, and only desktop. We’re excited to announce that the Flickr App is now available in dozens of new App stores across the globe, for both iOS and Android.

Now, even more, photographers worldwide will be able to upload their photos on-the-go and put their 1000 GB of storage to use. Whether they’re using their tablet to document their travels to a new country or snapping photos with their phone in their hometown, sharing photographs with friends, family, and the Flickr community has never been easier. We’re thrilled to invite Flickr members in the regions listed below to enjoy the app experience.

The most recent 4.3.0 release gives you the ability to add a photo to multiple groups, making it much faster and easier to get more eyeballs on your photos. All you have to do is select the groups you’d like to add the photo to, and as long as it fits the groups’ posting rules/limits, it will be added to all of them. With this release members also gain the ability to add tags to others’ photos, granted that person’s settings allow it.

            

Go here to download the Flickr iOS App or Flickr Android App.

The next release will introduce a whole new dimension to the mobile experience for Groups! Keep an eye out for the 4.4.0 update! :)

 

New Countries Where Flickr for iOS Is Available*:
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bolivia
Botswana
Brunei Darussalam
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Cape Verde
Cayman Islands
Chad
Congo, Republic of
Cyprus
Dominica
Fiji
Cambia
Ghana
Grenada
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kyrgyzstan
Lao People’s Democratic Republic (aka Laos)
Liberia
Macau
Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Micronesia, Federated States of
Moldova, Republic of
Mongolia
Montserrat
Mozambique
Namibia
Nepal
Niger
Nigeria
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Saint Lucia
São Tomé and Príncipe
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Vincent and The Grenadines
Suriname
Swaziland
Tajikistan
Tanzania, United Republic of
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkmenistan
Turks and Caicos
Uganda
Uzbekistan
Virgin Islands, British
Yemen
Zimbabwe
New Countries Where Flickr for Android Is Available*:
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Aruba
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Côte d’Ivoire
Fiji
Gabon
Ghana
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Iceland
Kyrgyzstan
Lao People’s Democratic Republic (aka Laos)
Mali
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands Antilles
Niger
Nigeria
Oman
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Senegal
Tajikistan
Tanzania, United Republic of
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkmenistan
Uganda
Uzbekistan
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe
* Languages Supported:
English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese


Flickr Heroes of the Week

24 April, by Leticia Roncero[ —]

Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are ‘Western Green Lizard’ by Wouter Marck on Facebook & Google+ and ‘Mandala in 4 Drops‘ by Yasmine Hens on Twitter & Tumblr. Congratulations to the winners!

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Mandala in 4 drops - #Synecdoche

Flickr Heroes Honorable Mentions:

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Another floral portrait
Selfie

If you want your photo to be considered for a Flickr Hero feature, submit it to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning next week!



Happy Earth Day!

21 April, by Leticia Roncero[ —]

April 22nd is a day to demonstrate support for environmental protection across the world! On this day, billions of people participate in environmental education activities and march to demand responsible practices from business and governments. The goal for this year is to start a global campaign to achieve climate and environmental literacy by Earth Day 2020.

Flickr is home to many thousands of nature photographers who dedicate their efforts to raise awareness about the value of our wildlife and the global challenges affecting our environment: degradation of ecosystems, mass extinction of species, pollution of air, water and soil, and many, many other issues. In their honor, and in hopes of encouraging others to become aware of the fragility of our planet, we’ve put together a gallery with some of our favorite nature images from the Flickr community. Click here to see the full showcase and to add your photos and comments. Let’s not take this planet for granted!

Spring in St.Albert
Taking the Redeye
Rising
Walk With Me
NASA-funded study says glacier shape matters and influences vulnerability to melting


Making Flickr Fully Responsive

18 April, by Phil Dokas[ —]

After nine years of diligent service, it’s time for us to bid m.flickr.com adieu and say hello to the mobile-ready www.flickr.com!

The mobile web has come a long way since we first introduced m.flickr.com, and nowadays there are better ways to build web pages for mobile devices. In fact, the pages we’ve redesigned in the last few years have been mobile-ready from day one. Streamlining the existing mobile pages lets us improve and enhance our mobile web experience at a much quicker pace.

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With this update, when you visit Flickr on a mobile device, you will now see all the pages you would have accessed through the pared down m.flickr.com as a fully responsive experience. Instead of small thumbnails and text-heavy pages, you’ll get a much nicer layout scaled to fit your device. All of your old bookmarks should work normally, as should links around the web. Anything anyone shared with you over time will remain intact and function as intended.

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We hope you’ll like the new mobile experience and we invite you to share your feedback with us in the Help Forum.



Shopping in Surrealism

18 April, by Leticia Roncero[ —]

As part of her 365 days self-portrait project, Philippine-based photographer Katrina Yu creates conceptual photographs inspired by the whimsical illustrations and stories of her favorite books. Sketching and shooting are her way to escape from the constrictions of ordinary life.

“I do everything myself. That’s why I struggled for two months when my [camera] remote broke. Manual self-timer shooting is very hard,” said Katrina, who admitted this 365 photo challenge has been an “eye-opening, self-learning process.”

By pushing herself to produce quality work, Katrina has learned a lot about the technical side of photography. She uses Photoshop to turn her artistic vision of a particular theme into a surrealist scene that often contains some hand-crafted elements too, like drawings and origami figures.

“I like looking at something and imagining what would make it pop out from the ordinary.”

271/365 Lead
218/365 Cry, Heart, But Never Break
237/365 Night Terrors

Katrina says the most significant image she has created so far is Before you turn to stardust [209/365].

209/365 Before you turn into stardust

“I dedicated this picture to one of my closest friends, who passed away that day. I shot this right after I received the news, and was in shock the whole day. I think this shot solidifies my love with surrealism. It’s like being able to do the things that you want to do in a parallel universe.”

Less than a hundred days away from completing her project, Katrina doesn’t see her image number 365 as the end of her Flickr adventure. She loves the support she’s gotten from the community. “I just want to turn my ideas into something tangible and feel alive in the process.”

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183/365 The worlds between pages

Explore more of Katrina’s work on her Flickr Photostream and let her know which of her photos is your favorite with a comment.



Flickr Heroes of the Week

17 April, by Leticia Roncero[ —]

Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are ‘8 x 2′ by Karsten Gieselmann on Facebook & Google+ and ‘Sentient‘ by Matt Garbutt on Twitter & Tumblr. Congratulations to the winners!

8 x 2
Sentient

Flickr Heroes Honorable Mentions:

The chosen journey~ Varanasi
Welcome to himachal
Wild

If you want your photo to be considered for a Flickr Hero feature, submit it to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning next week!



Flickr Heroes of the Week

10 April, by Leticia Roncero[ —]

Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are ‘Autumn [Stranger #34/100]’ by Vijay Britto on Facebook & Google+ and ‘Ray of Light‘ by Foteini Zaglara on Twitter & Tumblr. Congratulations to the winners!

Autumn [Stranger #34/100] - [Flickr Heroes]
ray of light

Flickr Heroes Honorable Mentions:

spring by the lake
The Misty Morn
Fanm' : Ly

If you want your photo to be considered for a Flickr Hero feature, submit it to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning next week!



Flickr Heroes of the Week

10 April, by Leticia Roncero[ —]

Our new Flickr Heroes of the Week are ‘Prague: Charles Bridge in the Mist’ by Roman Boed on Facebook & Google+ and ‘Kro-Kuss (5)‘ by Karsten Gieselmann on Twitter & Tumblr. Congratulations to the winners!

Prague: Charles Bridge in the Mist (Explored)
Kro-Kuss (5)

Flickr Heroes Honorable Mentions:

The Sea And The Stars
Ghost foam under the wave...
streets of Warsaw

If you want your photo to be considered for a Flickr Hero feature, submit it to the Flickr Heroes group pool by Monday morning next week!



Shooting Peacocks  Sausages in Edinburgh

7 April, by Zee Jenkins[ —]

Along with his older brother Gavin, 32, Gareth roams the streets of Edinburgh with his camera in one hand and flash trigger in the other. The Bragdon Brothers, both photography students in their last year at Edinburgh College, have developed a unique style to their street photography that has started getting the attention of major brands across Europe.

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Edinburgh Hunting Grounds

Edinburgh is a special place for the Bragdon Brothers. “We fell in love immediately. Edinburgh is like going to Disneyland with less cheese (read cheesiness).”

Like a hunter leaving his den, Gareth ventures out to two main locations in town to search for people to shoot. Princess Street, a long avenue of shopping malls and retail stores, is one of his favorite venues to shoot.

“That’s where you get your character crowds. It’s ideal … where the magic happens.”

His other favorite place to find characters is the Royal Mile that connects many of Edinburgh’s iconic and historic landmarks. The tourists are particularly fascinating for him to find. It’s along the Royal Mile Racetrack that Gareth captured what he calls his “best mistake.”

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The ‘Red Line Woman’ was a perfect storm that led to a photograph he didn’t think was worth anything until he saw it on his computer later. A sudden downpour, quite a common experience in Scotland, forced a fashionable young woman to run into a phone booth. Gareth saw her from far off and, almost instinctively, he ran towards her.

“You know a photo when you see it. She was a bit shocked when I shoved the camera in her face. I thought the shot was a bust, though, because my flash didn’t go off.”

Only later did he see that it wasn’t a dud. Though most of his photos feature dramatic contrasts in color and lighting, the softer tones caused by the higher exposure made this photo a stand out from the rest. This photo also drew the attention of curators in Italy prior to Venice Fashion Week and earned the Bragdon Brothers an invitation to run a street photography workshop focused on fashion week and carnival.

Becoming A Streettog

Getting in people’s faces with a trigger flash wasn’t something Gareth naturally took to. Though he began his street photography on vacation in Malta with a disposable film camera, it wasn’t until he joined Flickr that he began to find confidence in the community of streettogs.

Paul Cruickshank, a friend Gareth has made through Flickr, has been an advocate that helped Gareth push his style.

“I originally had a huge confidence issue … Paul’s work is confrontational. He gets in really close [to his subjects]. That look really really grabbed me.”

Gradually, as he experimented and practiced more, Gareth became more confident in his technical capabilities.

“I got more comfortable getting in people’s face. It’s a weird, surreal thing to view how they change before and after the flash. After I overcame that fear I caught the bug. I felt alive, like I was doing something [that mattered].”

The ability to control light and change shadows is what adds to the contorted, surreal look Gareth goes for. Eventually, he bored of simply shooting in black and white. With fashion and unique street characters, it wasn’t until finding an older lady’s scarf/hair contrast that he knew he couldn’t edit it to black and white. A new dimension to his photography was born.

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“My online community of street photographers pushed me. Shooting in color, however, is different. To shoot in color you need to start thinking in color. It’s totally different than thinking in black and white,” he explained.

Shooting Peacocks & Sausages

Looking through his work, a few trends stand out in Gareth’s subjects. As you see the transition from black-and-white photos to color photos, you’ll see the importance that clothing plays in his approach to his subjects.

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“It’s just so fascinating because women will dress like peacocks. I’m fascinated by it.”

When he sees an outfit from afar he picks up his pace to get near the subject in an interesting area. *FLASH* The image is captured, the subject a bit surprised, and then he walks away just as smoothly as he approached … a perfect kill shot!

Through his work, you’ll also notice the unique character that a person’s hands exhibit. Gareth’s fascination with hands and capturing their detail means he has to get the camera much closer to the subject.

“Shooting hands wasn’t really intentional, to begin with. Originally the best shots that were hands just happened by accident. I just find it weird and surreal how we decorate them. They’re what make us human.”

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The gold rings on this subject’s hands were graphic. Gareth came across this man while searching around for unique characters on the streets during Scotland’s Independence Referendum.

“I had to stop this guy. This is one of my few photos where I actually asked the subject to pose. Look at the rings! These big rings on these weird little sausage fingers. It’s surreal!”

Bragdon Brother Workshops

Following their Carnival Workshop in Venice, Gareth and Gavin have started offering more street photography workshops.

Next week they are hosting a workshop in their home hunting grounds in Edinburgh, on April 15. Next month the Bragdon Brothers will be hosting a workshop in Paris, May 14-17.

Explore more of Gareth and Gavin’s work on their Flickr Photostreams or sign up for a workshop on The Bragdon Brothers website. They also have prints available for purchase via their website.

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Welcome the Halifax Municipal Archives to the Flickr Commons!

6 April, by Leticia Roncero[ —]

Halifax Municipal Archives is a historical research center for the region of Halifax, Canada, which stretches along Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast from the rural communities of Ecum Secum and Hubbards to the urban core of Dartmouth, Bedford, and Halifax.

Focussed on the records of city and county governments from 1841 onwards, the Halifax Municipal Archives also has records from families, businesses, and community organizations going back to the 1790s, which complement the municipal government records. The Municipal Archives shares the responsibility of caring for the region’s documentary heritage with other local archives and museums.

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“We are very excited to bring our photographic gems to the wider world through the Flickr Commons,” said Municipal Archivist, Susan McClure. They have chosen samples from a recent mass digitization project funded through Nova Scotia’s Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage Provincial Archival Development Program.

This treasure-trove of photographs was produced by the City of Halifax Works Department during a period of intense urban renewal: 1958-1969. The images speak to the city’s history of commercial development, slum clearances, and social housing as they were taken by Building Inspectors who were documenting unsightly premises in an effort to implement the City’s plan to clear the central core for redevelopment. The Halifax that is documented in many of these photos no longer exists, but viewers may recognize locations, construction sites, or even people, as the photographs also capture everyday life in the city. Some of these photos portray daily life with children playing in the yard or street, pets, neighborhood shops and restaurants, construction workers, and people who happened to be passing by. They’re truly unique moments of in the history of Halifax.

The Archives is featuring albums such as:

Halifax scenes: children playing, 1950s-1960s

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Halifax scenes: laundry on the line, 1950s-1960s

Identified! Salter St. near Upper Water St.

Streetscapes and views of Halifax, 1950s-1970s

1-9 George St. [and Upper Water St.]

Halifax’s urban renewal projects during the 1960s: demolitions in the downtown, Scotia Square construction, and the Cogswell Interchange construction.

Placing fill for the construction of the Cogswell Interchange (composite panorama)

All in a day’s work: glimpses of Works Department employees, 1958-1981

Saunders Park, Chebucto Rd.

Viewers are welcome to add their memories or more details about what they see in the photographs. “We are delighted at the opportunity to learn from Flickr’s audience and to show them more of Halifax’s history.”

Be sure to check out its collection on Flickr and contribute your knowledge through constructive comments on their Photostream.



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