Dream Come True
July 30th 2016
About a month ago, I posted my "Petroglyph Storm" photo on my Facebook page when I was really excited about the rounds it was making on Flickr. It was the first photo I have ever posted to get so many views and comments. I saw it as an opportunity to open doors for my photography and draw attention to my work from some of the best photographers in the world. If you are not familiar with Flickr, it is one of the premier photo hosing and sharing sites on the internet, with an incredible upload rate of more than 7,000 photos per minute. Its where some of the worlds best photographers showcase and share their photographs. For all the photographers who post their images to Flickr, the highest honor is to make it on to the EXPLORE page of the website, where 500 of the best images around the world, are chosen daily to be viewed by thousands of people. Some of the worlds best photographers have been blessed to have several of their images shared on EXPLORE and some of us could only dream of it. Those who have followed my photography have heard me mention the EXPLORE page more than once on many of my posts. This morning, as I do most mornings, I decided to open https://www.flickr.com/explore to view the photos. Just before I got to the bottom of the page, I noticed my "Cielito Musical" photo was there. I sat there stunned for a minute before getting teary-eyed and emotional knowing I had just realized a dream of mine had come true. To make it on a page with so many amazing photographs from many very talented photographers has been the pinnacle of my short time in photography. I have always tried to stay humble with my work and try to express the feelings I have about my photos and what I see in them. I share them because it makes me happy and I appreciate every single compliment I receive. Stephanie always gets on me because she tells me how great my work is and I never want to believe her. I guess as artists or professionals, we expect to hear good things from our loved ones and for some reason it means so much more when you hear it or see it from complete strangers. I tell her that all the time and when others do acknowledge my work, she gets a kick out of telling me "I told you so." Like with most things, I guess she was right. Even knowing how much it was going to mean to me to get EXPLORED, I found myself checking and googling how difficult it is to make it on EXPLORE. I guess that part of me just wants to continue to doubt myself hoping I will keep the fire inside and continue to want to take amazing photos. I ran into these metrics from Flickr. "Flickr receives about 6,000 uploads every minute -- That's about 8.6 million photos a day! From this huge group of images, the Flickr Interestingness algorithm chooses only 500 images to showcase for each 24-hour period. That's only one image in every 17,000!" When I see these stats, it all become real again. Where do I go from here? Do I let my foot off the gas? Do I lay off the dedication? Should I spend less time? Not a chance.......on to the next goal.