For those that don’t know, I was once a nightclub photographer. My main job was photographing patrons. After editing pics, I would email them to a nightclub employee. That person uploaded the pics to the nightclub’s website. Yet, too many times, the pics were never uploaded.
I never knew why that took place. This also occurred under two and three other different uploaders too.
Other times, when pics were uploaded, a person still may not see themselves. Yet, that didn’t just happen with nightclubs. It also happened when I photographed events for a local publication.
Pickiness I did understand. Many times, you want to upload the photos that best represents your place or event. So, this explains why all photos are not uploaded. When it comes to representing a place or event, some photos do not fit.
Thinking about people not seeing their pics inspired me. For the past few months, I have been uploading event and nightclub photos to Facebook. If someone uploads a photo of you, Facebook alerts you about it. I anticipated this as I uploaded photos. I was hoping Facebook would let folks know I uploaded a photo or photos of them.
So far, that’s been working. Every day, I receive a request for someone to tag themselves in a photo. Some folks tag their friends. I didn’t expect that. Still, I am happy for it. As of this writing, I have only received one request to remove a pic.
I saw my actions as a way of contributing to the community, especially during these pandemic times. Am I looking for praise? Not really. In fact, this blog post is an explanation to Facebook friends. Now, they know why I’ve been uploading so many photos recently. This wasn’t about me. This was about the community.