A little late to the party I admit, but I have now joined the millions of users of the ‘bookmarking site’ Pinterest….and what a valuable site it is. For those of you who have yet to discover the strengths of Pinterest, you start by opening an account and from there you can select images from the web and ‘Pin it’ to your page or a board you have created about a particular photographer, artist or subject. You can add a description to the ‘pin’ so as well as seeing the thumbnail of the image you have some information to refer to which relates to the image. Click on any of these thumbnails and it will take you to the site where you discovered the link in the first place. Your account, or a board itself, can be followed by other users and conversely if you discover an account or board which is of interest to you then you can also ‘follow’ and will receive email notifications when new ‘pins’ are added to that account or board.
Like all things that work well, Pinterest is incredibly simple, but very powerful and I have already made up a number of boards for photographers and artists I admire, including Michael Kenna, Norman Ackroyd, Chris Friel, Henri Cartier Bresson, Elliot Erwitt, Chris Tancock and so the list goes on. I shall be adding the wildlife photographer Nick Brandt and Ansel Adams in the coming days. In a short space of time I will have a single reference point on the web for all the photographs and works of art that inspire me. Given time I will also be adding boards for my own photographs as well.
If like me you want to build what in effect is a library of favourite or inspiring images then rather than bookmark the page, which just gets lost with the multitude of bookmarks already created, simply ‘Pin it’. As I said at the outset a highly useful site and one which I will refer to on a regular basis.
If you want to sign up and create a Pinterest account then click here.
I will also add the ‘PinIt’ button to my own photography website, as there might be one or two people out there who would like to ‘pin’ one of my images to their account. Much to my surprise I discovered by chance that one or two already have!