This is probably my biggest complaint about the new Flickr layout. Above, you see what I see when I log in to my Flickr account. That’s Thomas Hawk’s latest photograph. And it’s the only photograph I can see when I log in. When I resize my browser, the photo resizes with it. Which means the only photo I see on my feed is Mr. Hawk’s.
Don’t get me wrong. I think Mr. Hawk is a talented, influential photographer whose photographs are more often than not enviable examples of the medium. However, I also follow many other inspiring photographers, like Patrick Joust, or Amy Fichter, or Mando Alvarez, or Josh Sinn, all of whom have uploaded new work at about the same time Mr. Hawk did—but his newest photo demands all the attention.
Meanwhile, the sidebar shows me some groups I belong to (not new work from those groups, just randomly selected links), some photos from Explore (which is nice, but not really my cup of tea), a link to the fairly static Flickr blog (which updates sporadically and usually with posts of little noteworthiness), and a list of people whose work I may be interested in (perhaps the most useful feature on the sidebar, and it’s buried down at the bottom).
This opening page shows me very little of what I really want to see. Yes, I like Mr. Hawk’s photograph. No, it’s not the only photo I want to see. Yes, I want to find other photographers whose work I might enjoy. No, I don’t care what groups I belong to, what flower photo is getting the most sparkly GIF awards, or what the Flickr blog has to say.
This is probably overly harsh, and I don’t mean it to be. I appreciate what the Flickr team has put into this. But I’d like the front page to show me the work and photographers that I follow, the photographers I should be following, and the activity on my own work that other photographers have shared with me.