The Spotlight

It has been a strange 24 hours on Flickr for me. I uploaded my three entries for this month's Assignment: Houston and this photo has received a crazy amount of attention.


The thing is that the attention is a little unnerving. First, in less than 24 hours it has received 42 comments, 65 faves and 300+ views. That is mind boggling to me. I never get that many responses in such a short time. That is Slight Clutter territory. I'd always look at her stream and wonder what it would be like to have so many people respond to each one of your photos. It wasn't quite what I expected. Maybe I'm just not used to it.

Next, they aren't just looking at that photo, but I'm receiving comments on other photos too. Photos that people have to be really digging around my stream to unearth. It is like people are poking all around my house. Of course that is why I am on Flickr, to share my work, but it is strange to actually have people LOOKING at my work. I'm used to a few comments, a handful of page views. Nothing like this.

Then there are the comments themselves. Some of them make me sound like I am some kind of genius but I know the truth. I am a fraud. I stick my camera in P mode most of the time and shoot away. I feel like I didn't really do anything to get this photo. Luck.

And what kind of judge am I? This photo didn't even make the cut for the photoblog where I put what I think of as my best work! I uploaded spurs first because that was my favorite of the three. I obviously have no idea what is good!

I certainly don't want to give the impression that I am ungrateful. A better description would be mildly confused and a little bit in awe. This will all pass soon enough and I will slide back into obscurity. In the meantime I'll enjoy my 15 minutes of Flickr fame.

State Fair and Rodeo