Thursday, March 26, 2015

The first art we know

These photographs were taken on March 8th at Tremanskärr swamp. It was a wet day, and the swamp was flooding.

Every once in a while I check the statistics of my Flickr account. It used to be that there were 100-200 views per day, but when I got the LX100 five months ago, the view count rose by a factor of 100, to 10,000 per day. Since then the count has gone down, but it is still between 1,000-4,000 per day.

It can't be that I'm suddenly a much better photographer, it is just that for some reason people continue to be interested in photographs taken with the LX100. And some photographs which I didn't feel would be especially interesting are getting a lot of views. For example, this night-time photograph has got almost 2,000 views.

(Posting title is from the poem The Visit by Carole Bernstein.)


Markus said...

Interesting statistics, Juha. I agree with you that those flickr figures do not so much reflect your (undeniable) qualities as a photographer, but certainly to a substantial amount the interest in the technical equipment. Oh well, being interested in cameras is so much easier than in images - with cameras it's more like those card games I played as a boy, where the care with the most powerful engine would win...

Swamp #3 is my favourite today - you made perfect use of that crooked log!

Juha Haataja said...


There are a lot of treasures like that at Tremanskärr swamp. The name means "three men's swamp", and there is a story that three Russian laborers drowned into the swamp (a long time ago of course...).