I know what you’re thinking – Flickr is all about photography, so how can it equal the death of photography?

Hear me out.

I was on the Caltrain this afternoon, heading down to Redwood City where I had a meeting and then a Lou Reed concert to attend, and I realized I hadn’t taken my camera with me. Immediately I thought – ah well, it doesn’t matter, someone else will take photos of the concert and I’ll be able to find them on Flickr within hours.

Sure enough – check these out.

Now I could have bothered lugging my camera around. But why? Those photos are exactly what I would have taken and he probably did a better job. What’s the point of 1000 photos of the same thing?

Here’s an example – pick your favourite holiday destination. Pick something iconic about the place that you would normally want to photograph when you were there.

Now search for that thing on Flickr. Find a pretty good photo? So what’s the point of taking your own?

Now, of course, you might be the kind of person who wants to have photos of yourself standing in front of the Eiffel Tower, just in case no-one believes you actually did go to France, or perhaps to prove to yourself you really did go when the Alzheimer’s kicks in.

But really… do you need photos of yourself? What percentage of photos taken on holidays contain people versus icons? I wonder.

By the way, when I was standing in line at the concert, and sitting inside the theatre waiting for the gig to start, I interviewed a bunch of people. It was a lot of fun, I met some great people and it should make the gig tax deductible, right? It’ll be up tomorrow.