1,000 Favorites

©Joe Wheatley

I’ve been working on a post about what I look for in photography but haven’t been able to really finish it. It’s a difficult task to articulate something like that with any sort of clarity.  Then the other day I was interviewed by Jacques Phillipe for his blog and was again confronted with the question of what I look for in photography.  I gave a standard vague answer about consistency but couldn’t muster up anything more concrete.  I guess it’s just easier to post it when I find it than to write about it.

Then the other day I was browsing my favorites on Flickr and became curious about what types of photographs I was fav’ing on a regular basis, so I decided to take a sample of 1,000 and categorize them.  The categories I chose were rather broad: portraits, documentary, landscapes, still life/democratic, abstract, collage/video, experimental.

Portraits are pretty straight forward. Sometimes if it was more of a candid, informal portrait I’d put it into the documentary pile.  The documentary pile was essentially anything candid, that could be street photography, or personal.  One revealing thing I noticed is that there was a complete absence of what I’d call photojournalism and this is likely because I don’t look at it on Flickr.

Landscapes were tricky as well in some cases. I probably could have easily created another category for architectural, but instead I either put that into the landscape pile or the still life/democratic pile.

The still life/democratic pile was kind of a catch all. Democratic was essentially anything that didn’t really fit into other categories and wasn’t completely abstract.  Basically, if it seemed like an Eggleston type photograph, it went in that pile.

Here’s the breakdown.

Portraits: 324
Documentary:  367
Landscapes: 181
Still Life/Democratic: 120
Abstract: 2
Collage/Video/Experimental: 6

I suspects portraiture to continue to take up a higher percentage based on my most recent browsing.  Most of the documentary work tends to be either candid street work or of family or friends. I don’t really dig into documentary work that addresses issues on Flickr.  That type of work can be found on Flickr but for me there are better places to find it.

Below is a sample from the pool of 1,000.

©Hannah Pierce-Carlson

©Jared Iorio


©Simon Kossoff

©Ana Cuba

©Tania Marcadella

©Cyril Costilhes

©Brad McMurray

©Don Hudson