Karachi Photo Bloggers Set New Records

I’m a regular follower of several people’s photo streams on Flickr, especially those I discover via their frequent contributions to the Karachi Metroblogging Flickr Group. I was surfing through my favorite photo bloggers’ streams as always a few days ago, when I discovered that a fairly large bunch of Karachi based Flickr users had recently gotten together for “meet up” at Sea View.

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Gear in Air, originally uploaded by smrafiq.

Being the social networking and blogging fan that I am, it excited me no end to witness how blogging was gradually going up the next level in Pakistan, truly bringing together people with common interests and passions together and knitting diverse, little communities of like-minded people in this way. Here’s more information about the record breaking Karachi Flickr meet up from
Ameer Hamza‘s stream:

“It was, on record, the biggest ever Flickr meet up of Pakistan. Another interesting record […was] that of two female participants. As per my knowledge, never before had females participated in any Flickr meet-up anywhere else in the country.”

Indeed, I’ve caught photos of Flickr meet ups at Raja Islam’s stream several times before, but this looks like it was pretty unprecedented in terms of how many people showed up! In fact, if you look at it from the perspective of the actual number of bloggers that showed up (close to 30 according to the discussion at Pakistani Photographers Group), that’s probably a little bit more than how many folks showed up at our various (1,2) Karachi Metrobloggers’ meet-ups. Shall we be positively jealous? :)

Anyway, there is plenty of more interesting information and photos over at a thread at The Pakistan Photographers Group if you’re interested. And I apologise if it seems like I’ve been eves dropping on everyone’s comments on Flickr, but they are all public, and its hard for a social networking addict not to feel excited at such development! :-> What’s this news I hear about the possibility of a Karachi Photographers Club being launched, is this why you guys met up Chowkandi too? Your fans are all ears, please enlighten us. And do keep the excellent photos coming in!

5 Comments so far

  1. Raja Islam (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 9:59 am

    Chowkandi meetup was another meetup on sunday 4th Nov to discuss future of Karachi

    Photographer Club and to capture historical remaining of Chukundi Tombs.New people are

    coming into this group and learning from are seniors like ZAK,Shah Rizvi.This meetup was plan to

    introduce new people to the group and seniors and just a field trip.

    PPG – Karachi Meetup – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zlsyU4u6sU

  2. Ameer Hamza (unregistered) on November 7th, 2007 @ 11:30 pm

    As a Karachi-based photographer I take great pride in informing you all that we indeed had the finest and the biggest ever meet-up of Flickr photographers in the history of the country. We are not sure if it will stand the test of time but we know that we’ve done something others haven’t.

    Make no mistake here. We, as a matter of policy, do not arrange meet-ups or gatherings for records or free publicity. We do it to learn and allow others to learn. And to teach. And to share. And, as many visitors have told us, to relax from the grinding mundane of what life has become: A 9 to infinity meal.

    Therefore, it is good to have meet-ups not only to keep oneself abreast with new ideas and latest information on products and personalities, it is also quite necessary to have such activities to keep one’s mind on the line.

    If you are a photographer and if you want to join us, continue reading our posts at Karachi Photographers Club or at PPG.

    Ameer Hamza

  3. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on November 8th, 2007 @ 3:32 am

    Awesome images – I think it would be nice to have a few photobloggers at KMB? How about it

  4. wasiq (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 8:19 am

    iam a flickr fan myself….but i usually enjoy the amature more than the professional photographers and there are many reasons for this…..for example see the pictures taken by both of the sun setting at sea view….whats the difference…they are all the same nothing very imaginative or captivating…the digital revolution has made it inexpensive yet more technical so be there only if you have the talent and a lot of time to spare(waste)…

  5. Raja Islam (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

    @WASIQ shoq da koi mool nahi.

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