A friend of my husband introduced us to Flickr back in 2006. Both he and my husband are professional photographers. I just liked to take the odd snap occasionally. I can remember posting my first photographs and the excitement I felt when people responded and said they liked them. When I look back most of my photos were of my cats, but with encouragement from fellow Flickrites I soon became hooked on photography and began to look at the world a whole different way. I learnt how to Photoshop out those annoying people who always managed to step into my best shot I discovered texturing which made my photographs look just how they were in my imagination. I got to see places that I would never go to through other people’s eyes. But more than that, I found a group of like minded people who became my friends. Who would have thought back then that I would spend holidays with a wonderful Italian Flickr friend or that I would be showing my beloved New Forest to a philosophy professor from Houston, Texas. I have shared my life’s ups and downs with my Flickr friends as they have with their lives. I have cried and cried when a Flickr friend’s pet has died: I have worried how another’s health and wellbeing is progressing and I have taken real comfort from kind words when things have been full of unhappiness in my life. So what a sad day when Flickr took the community feel away from me. Like a lot of huge corporations they always seem to miss the point of what makes a ‘product’ good in the first place.

Ipernity seems like it could have that sense of community that some of us are looking for – I do hope so.