In the last couple of decades, photography has emerged as a frontrunner in artistic expression and visual documentation. Today, just about everyone has a camera readily available to them in all different forms, from the traditional SLR or point-and-shoot to camera phones and webcams, making them fully equipped to produce an overwhelming number of images daily. A big part of our modern culture is sharing these photos with a global audience and Flickr is a staple on the internet as an excellent source for just that. As a site that welcomes and encourages photo enthusiasts, there is a wide array of images to be seen, appreciated, and even inspired by. If you’re clutching your camera right now, looking for something to spark your creativity, look no further because we’ve got a fantastic list of the best go-to Flickr photo groups for creative inspiration.
With over five million photos in its group pool, FlickrCentral is a great source for finding a wide variety of the Flickr community’s passionate photographers’ work. It welcomes new Flickr members and shutterbugs starting their creative journey as well as experienced photographers looking to their peers for inspiration. The group is open to the public and moderated by a team with a keen eye for keeping the content in the group as “safe for work” as possible. The pictures are submitted from all around the world, as are topics in the active discussion board. The discussion board is a great spot for photo enthusiasts to gather and talk about the latest news in their shared addiction.
[Photo credit: Martha Sarah]
2. Utterly Surreal
Utterly Surreal offers eccentric and experimental images produced by the Flickr community’s aspiring creative minds. Surrealism, in all mediums of art, is a constant source of inspiration due to its limitlessly artistic nature and photography is no exception. The style allows photographers to visualize their wildest dreams and conceptualize their strangest nightmares. Photographs in this group spark new insight on creativity and perspective, welcoming the unusual crossroads where fact and fiction converge.
[Photo credit: Jeen Na]
3. Artistic Photography
Professional quality is key at Artistic Photography. The images in this group’s photostream exude an immensely rich knowledge of the aesthetic makeup of a good photograph. Each visually appealing photo is composed and lit impeccably, following the rules of photography. It is a fantastic source for honing in on the quality of work that fellow photographers are capable of producing. Each member is allowed to upload a total of three images per day, in order to give more people a chance to display their work. Additionally, the group has a very active discussion board where photo aficionados can comment on each other’s photography.
[Photo credit: Helen Warner]
4. Light Junkies
If you’re a fan of out-of-this-world light painting, Light Junkies is the Flickr group to follow. The group’s photo pool offers an astounding collection of light graffiti, light writing, and varied long exposure illustrations that will leave you wanting more. The creativity each photographer in the community offers is astounding. Many of the photo geniuses work with steel wool to create sprouting spirals of luminescence but are constantly one-upping each other by adding new elements of color, composition, and exotic locations. More than merely offering an assembly of shots with pretty bright colors in them, the group also provides tutorials on utilizing tools like light stencils and perfecting techniques like creating a perfect circle.
[Photo credit: Dennis Calvert]