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Photo Discovery Just Got Easy: Meet ffffl*ckr

Posted in Adorama Rentals by Nathan Lee Bush on June 10, 2011

As a general rule in life, the most talented artists are rarely the greatest self-promoters. So a lot of what we see around us comes from the most networked artists, not necessarily the most visionary.

Online especially, it’s getting harder and harder to separate the chaff from the wheat, as SEO tactics designed to game the system are skewing search results.

Case in point: Flickr. Despite tons of amazing content, the site lacks a great way to discover new work. Explore has a very limited spectrum of pictures arrived at by ‘consensus,’ which is another way of saying ‘lowest common denominator.’ Groups are populated by self-promoters. Above all, Flickr has a pretty ancient interface, which makes browsing a chore. Simply put, finding the inspiration you need online has become a pain.

Enter ffffl*ckr, which aims to resolve all these gripes by employing the simple logic that the people whose work you like, probably have similar taste to yours. After you sign in to your Flickr, it starts off with an array of images gleaned from your most recently favorited images. From there, clicking any image will extend the page to include that users most recently liked choices, and so on. To call the process addictive is an understatement. After just a few minutes down the rabbit hole, you’ll find yourself in completely new territory, discovering mind-blowing artists working in obscure niches of the site.

It’s drop-dead simple interface, with its images only, Tumblr-esque infinite scrolling (I previously declared my love of the feed-based service here) is the perfect way to take in images en masse. The UX is equally simple. Using an undistracting rollover method, you can easily favorite photos from the site directly, view the image larger, or go to the original page.

That’s pretty much it. Much like Tumblr, this simple interface with minimalist features has become one of my new favorite method for discovering new images. Try it out and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Nathan Lee Bush is a photographer and filmmaker in New York City. His work is on his site and blog.

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