Bringing in FlickR Photos

Today, I imported the bulk of my images from my FlickR page to here on this WordPress website, which meant importing over 2,500 images with their descriptions. For the longest time, I uploaded my photography primarily to FlickR. Sadly, FlickR has declined over the years. There’s been a loss of interest/use by the public, limited improvements by the site itself, and an increase in the cost of usage. I may eventually drop FlickR entirely. I also wanted the pictures, on my own website, that I have full control over.

There are some import utilities around, but I decided to write my own custom WordPress plug-in, Rob’s FlickR Importer, to do the importation of the files. FlickR lets me download all of my data, and my plug-in processes them. I might eventually release a freely licensed version of the plug-in, when I make it more re-usable than it is now. For now, it’s pretty customized to my purposes.

I completed the first major task, which is bringing in all the images, and creating a post for each, all in current WordPress format (using Gutenberg blocks). Now, that I have 2,500+ images, I will need to have a much better way for people to peruse them.

I used WordPress’s custom taxonomy feature, which lets me do a custom system of organization (going beyond the built-in category and tags). The FlickR albums appear to the user like categories, and the FlickR tags appear like WordPress tags. Except, each has only FlickR images in it. A fresh interface is going to be needed to let all the images be easily accessible. I don’t think anybody wants to page through 2,500 images 15-at-a-time, like they do with regular WordPress posts. I’m thinking of having a parallel text-oriented approach (like what’s here now) and a visually-oriented approach. I want something that feels fluid, and works with touch screens. Maybe an infinite scroll. That will take some time to implement.

Feel free to share any feedback after you take a look.

Below is a “tag cloud” you can use to jump to related images, based on FlickR tags. The numbers of images in each tag is brackets.

2007 (236) 2008 (379) 2009 (479) 2010 (109) activism (246) calgary (1010) City Hall (134) concert (99) dance (114) dancer (117) dancing (110) Dead Mile (86) demonstration (543) downtown (620) dress (88) female (531) festival (304) human rights (95) kensington (126) male (213) man (261) model (129) music (149) musician (87) Olympic Plaza (130) parade (204) park (115) peace (146) political (93) politics (301) Prince's Island (92) protest (637) racism (100) rally (577) rights (89) singer (148) singing (99) Stampede (313) stephen avenue (116) street (83) Sun and Salsa (86) undead (89) walk (124) woman (627) zombie (90)

The following tag cloud is created from albums in FlickR:

Afrikadey 2007 (34) Anti-Racism Action 2007-08-25 (57) Anti-SPP Protest 2007-08-19 (39) Aryan Guard (24) Burn Up Calgary filming 2007-11-03 (18) Bush Protest 2009-03-17 (17) Busking 2008 (24) Busking 2009 (44) Calgary Chinatown Street Festival 2007 (42) Calgary International Film Festival 2007 (36) Canada Day 2007-07-01 (51) Carifest 2008-06-07 (30) Heritage Day 2007 (19) Kananaskis Rally 2007-11-02 (25) Kevin Taft Speech 2008-02-20 (22) Law Enforcement (59) Lilac 2009-05-31 (33) Lilac 2012-05-27 (19) Marijauna 2010-05-01 (19) Marijuana 2009-05-02 (17) Marijuana Rally 2007-09-015 (44) Mason speech 2008-02-14 (21) Miss Sun and Salsa Pageant 2007 (48) Peace for Colombia 2008-02-04 (30) Peace Rally 2007-10-27 (41) Plus 15 Fashion 2008-02-15 (38) Pride Calgary 2008 (62) Racism Rally 2007-10-14 (30) Rides and Rods 2007 (44) Season of Wonder 2007 (20) Spruce Meadows Masters 2007 (80) Stampede 2007-07-05 (32) Stampede 2007-07-08 (23) Stampede Grounds 2007-07-14 (30) Stampede Parade 2007 (82) Stampede Parade 2008 (23) Stampede Parade 2009-07-03 (35) Sun and Salsa 2007 (85) Tibet 2008-03-29 (24) Tibet 2008-08-23 (21) Tomkins 2008-03-15 (37) Tomkins Park 2007-11-08 (23) Zombies 2008-10-11 (20) Zombies 2009-10-17 (21) Zombie Walk 2007-10-20 (44)