When I woke up on Saturday morning, I knew it was going to be a great day. Honestly, I’m not sure the weather could have been any better to celebrate the first day of summer and one of my favorite days of the year in Brooklyn – the Mermaid Parade! On the subway trip out to Coney Island, I think I figured out that this weekend marked the ninth consecutive year I’ve made the trip out, and I definitely have never seen better weather. It was a GORGEOUS day for mermaids!

It was super fun to meet up with Barry and Gisele pre-parade for the parade line-up festivities. I’m still in the process of developing my film, but in the meantime – check out these awesome shots from this weekend!

Untitled, by mkc609:
Mermaid Parade 10

Untitled, by Scott Dolan:
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Mermaid Beauties, by Joe Alfano:
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Uncle Sam, by Dr Pavloff:
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Mermaid Parade 2014, by Joe Alfano:
Mermaid Parade 2014

Were you there? What was your favorite float or costume?? Mine was TOTALLY the ‘I’m no enemy of no sea anemone’ pun. Total sucker for a good wordplay. Okay, and the Dick Zigun group. That was hilarious.

This week has been a huge one in the tech community. Yahoo purchased Tumblr in cold hard cash for $1.1 billion and rolling out a brand new interface for Flickr the very same day. Personally, I’m still digesting all the changes to Flickr. The reaction I’ve seen on Twitter and Facebook from friends in the photography and design communities has been totally mixed and incredibly emotional. Clearly the new design has touched a nerve. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments here or over on Twitter!

When I first joined Flickr back in 2005, it had just been acquired by Yahoo. It was such a cool user experience – totally different than other sites on the web – and it blew its competitors out of the water. Though the site has undergone a number of updates over the years, the basic design hasn’t changed in FOREVER – despite the fact that in the meantime, mobile technology and a multitude of new devices have fundamentally changed the way we interact with the digital world. Is this the final design of Flickr forever and ever? Most likely not. I’m certain that Flickr’s leaders are listening to all the feedback – both positive AND negative – as a way to inform the evolution of their site design.

I’m also certain that regardless of whatever way the powers that be choose to revamp Flickr, there is an enormous amount of talent found on its pages. This very site was inspired by all the wonderful photographers I have met over the years, predominantly through Flickr. Once upon a time, its sense of community was second to none and I personally have learned magnitudes through its groups and forums. I’m really hoping this redesign is the first step towards truly making it awesome again. Even if there are growing pains along the way.

In celebration of the talent out there, here are a few recent photographs that have caught my eye in the Flickr group pool. Enjoy!

Untitled, by Anthony Fine:
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“Jane’s Carousel at Sunset,” by MKC609:
Jane's Carousel at sunset

“BBG Bluebells,” by Marie Viljoen:
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“Spring Day – Coney Island,” by Terry Murphy:
Spring Day - Coney Island

“Windy,” by Gisele D, AKA The Windsor Terrorist:
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“The Way of the Brooklynite,” by St├ęphane Missier:
The Way of the Brooklynite

“Checker Cab on Nostrand Av,” by Mortimer Slomo:
Checker cab on Nostrand Av

I am so ready for spring. My flower bulbs are already starting to appear and holy cow, daylight savings is this weekend. I know we’re still in for some cold weather, but I’ve been trying to slip into a spring mindset these days. Growth, spring cleaning, lots more sun — BRING IT ON.

I thought I’d share some colorful photos which have been helping brighten my mood tonight. You guys — Brooklyn is the best. These photos are proof.

“Dance Partners,” by Reuben Radding:
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Untitled by David Pexton:
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“No Logo,” by Chris Farling:
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“Classic Gowanus,” by Peter Kruger:
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“Blessed,” by Joel Zimmer:
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“Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn,” by Genial23:
Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, 2007

“Rollers,” by St├ęphane Missier:
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“Come around and open my gold eyes,” by Jonathan Percy:
Come around and open my gold eyes

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Despite the snow coming down all over NYC this afternoon, I took a field trip up the block from my office and stopped into the Leica gallery. I had been meaning to check out the current exhibit featuring Presidential photographer Pete Souza’s iconic work for some time, and it was just fantastic.

The exhibit features 61 of Souza’s photographs from the President’s first term, many of which have become the definitive iconic images of the last four years. The gravity of last night’s election results finally hit me square in the emotion bone as I wandered the empty gallery, alone. Such a beautiful First Family we have, and so much love.

This is the last week of the exhibit, which runs through Saturday, November 11th. Weekdays the gallery is open 12-6, and 12-5 on Saturday. For address and directions, visit the gallery online here. Go! I’d love to hear what you think.

And if you can’t get enough of Souza’s work (I sure can’t), I highly recommend the National Geographic documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman. More about that here!

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