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three of us., originally uploaded by youngdoo.

 

It’s true that I prattle on about Flickr and its virtues. It’s true that I use such superlative proclamations as “Flickr has changed my life” and “If I could make-out with a website, I would make-out with Flickr.”

But it is also true that Flickr has brought some amazing people into my life, including A German who flew all the way to Korea to eat Two Two Chicken with me. These are the kind I like to call “Keepers”. And Flickr is now responsible for providing me with a network of friends here in Seoul, a group of individuals who like to take photos and drink beer, which is remarkably convenient considering my own personal interests.

This last week I had the pleasure of meeting my new friends not once but twice; first on Sunday for an afternoon of shooting, and then again on Thursday at Seoul’s 24 Hours of Flickr party, where I was able to pose for polaroids using this trademarked ass grabbing pose.

Interestingly yet not surprisingly, I don’t shoot very much at these gatherings. I’m too busy with all the Talking With My Hands® to operate my camera. Additionally, my poor little Minolta shrinks into the background with significant megapixel envy as soon as all those SLRs are whipped out. I cannot talk about cleaning sensors or the finer points of using the 50mm prime, but I do get to exhaust others with my devotion to Adobe Lightroom and my tendency to overshare.

It is now clear that had I gotten around to joining up with this group earlier, I could have saved myself several months of whining about isolation and loneliness. Next weekend we’ll be communing at Olympic Park to take pictures of the Dr. Suess trees; I look forward to being the expert on the location, the Tour Guide for my new friends.

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Bragging rights

On May 5th, photographers all over the Flickrverse captured moments from their days for the very first 24 Hours of Flickr project. I am thrilled to let you know that my photo was one of 122 photos chosen for the 24 Hours of Flickr book that has been published to accompany the slideshow tour & event. I am so honored to be included, especially considering that 7500 photos were submitted. The company I am keeping is pretty amazing, too.

{May 5} warm night

If you are in London, Paris or Montréal, you can go to see all these great photos at the upcoming events (and there are more events coming this summer). My friends Matt & Jördis went to the event in Berlin last night and found my photo! I am green with envy that I don’t live in London, Paris, Berlin or Montréal. Something tells me Seoul won’t be on the list.

If you aren’t able to get to an event, please go see some of the incredible photos snapped on May 5th.

You can purchase the book here. $2 from the sale of each book goes to MSF/Doctors Without Borders.

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