The internet is a wonderful tool for connecting like minded people, as well as giving us a number of platforms and forums for us to meet up, hang out, and share our mutual passions.
Recently I’ve been trying to broaden my horizons, and find new places to meet and talk with fellow photographers.
Of course I have 35hunter, which I value greatly as a place not just where I can ramble about photography, but hear what others think too.
It just seems quieter, and the core people I spoke to in the past seem to use it less now. (I have recently started following Hugo Poon though and enjoy much of his work.)
Mostly due to the frustration of the tiny format, its dependence on being a mobile device only platform (at least for sharing) and the generally vacuous and superficial level of interaction – all “likes” and silly emoticons.
Google+ I enjoyed a few years back (c2014) and met some interesting street photographers.
Returning recently though, as much as I love the layout and set up, I’m struggling to find enough activity to make it worthwhile. It feels something of a tundra. Any recommendations for people or groups to follow there?
The people there I’ve found very friendly and helpful, but often the conversation (for me) is too gear based (what we use) and not towards to the more philosophical (why and how we photograph) end of photography.
Other forums I’ve dabbled in but most are even more gear obsessed than Pentax Forums. Comparison shots of newspapers from 5m and 100% crops between seven versions of the same lens are not what I’m looking for.
Or I just read. For example, recently I’ve been reading Wouter Brandsma‘s excellent, intelligent and inspiring blog from the first post onwards. He started it in 2008 and I’m currently somewhere in late 2011.
These blogs are great! But I’m looking to explore more. Not a dozen sites, but maybe three or four core ones overall.
So, where do you hang out online? Where do you mostly share your photographs? Where do you converse most about this shared love of ours?
Have you tried Twitter? 500px? Ello? Where else? What’s worked for you?
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