Flicker has released their 2015 Flickr Year in Review stats, and they’re not very encouraging. What does it say for the future of photography when 39% of all photos uploaded to Flickr in 2015 were taken with cell phones?
Or that the TOP camera used in 2015 was an iPhone? That’s a pretty serious margin. The iPhone was used by 42% of “photographers” on Flickr, with Canon trailing at a distant 27% and Nikon at an even more distant 16%. Canon and Nikon together barely equal the iPhone’s numbers.
Don’t get me wrong. I take photos with my Samsung Galaxy S5 all the time, but I’d like to think, in fact, I’m pretty sure, that I take FAR more photos with real cameras. This year that would be the Nikon D610, Nikon D5500, Panasonic LX100, Panasonic G7, Panasonic GX7, and a host of other cameras that I’ve had in for review.
I fear this is a further indication of the decline of the photography. I’ve seen first-hand how, what seems to be the bulk of the population, continuously post blurry, out of focus, generally awful photos on Facebook on a regular basis. Photos that, in the pre-cellphone era, I’d like to think most people using a “real” camera would’ve discarded as the non-keepers that they were.
Now, in the era of the ever present camera phone, they are posted by millions with reckless abandon.
What would Ansel have thought of this current state of affairs?
Would he have rejoiced at the wide-spread adoption of cellphone photography as a hobby, regardless of the images produced?
Or, would he have looked on with bewilderment as a tear escaped from the corner of his eye and rolled down his trembling cheek?