On Saturday I went to my first ever Flickr meet. I’ve been putting my photos on Flickr for at least two years now and had never really bothered with the social networking aspect of it until a few months ago when someone invited me to be his contact.
It turned out he was part of the SA Central group so I joined that as well. The SA stands for South Australia so it’s a good group to add photos to for me.
Whenever I think of it I add photos to this group and have a look to see what’s happening with the discussions (thank goodness for RSS feeds for Flickr discussions otherwise I’d never keep track).
A meet was organised for last Saturday because a real live Flickr employee – George (underneath the fire hose here) – who happens to come from Adelaide was going to be in Adelaide, and at this meet so I thought I’d go along too. I had been planning to get to earlier meets but couldn’t for various reasons. I was quite nervous. It was a bit like going on a blind date, but with a group of people instead of one person.
I recharged camera batteries and off JJ and I went to the Exeter Hotel in the city. I gave JJ my first digital camera so he could take some photos and he took absolutely heaps and did a really good job of them.
The group were very friendly and made me feel welcome so it was quite easy. I spoke very briefly to George and asked her how she started working at Flickr. I probably wasn’t the only one and she’s probably sick of answering that question and that’s the only time I actually spoke to her.
We went to a closeby rooftop where a bunch of artists work and took some more photos.
If you’re interested pop over here to see the whole collection.
So on Sunday as everyone was loading up their photos, some of them made me their contact and vice-versa, we commented on each others photos and I organised my photos into collections.
Overall it was good fun and I can’t wait to do more. JJ had a great time and he’s very keen to take more photos.
Oh, and one of the guys in the group likes taking portraits and he took a great one of JJ.