Today should be a happy day, number 100 in my 365 days set. But it all turned out so different. Flickr decided out of the blue that smoking children can't be photographed. Ofcourse Flickr can show hardcore porn, violence and poverty .... but smoking, ofcourse not!
I got this e-mail yesterday:
Hi Maarten Dors,
Images of children under the age of 18 who are smoking
tobacco is prohibited across all of Yahoo's properties.
I've gone ahead and deleted the image "The Romanian Way"
from your photostream.
We appreciate your understanding.
They appreciate my understanding? Wich understanding? I just want my photo back!
It was my most interesting photo and has been on Flickr for almost two months. Why delete it all of a sudden. I didn't upload it because I thought it was a pretty sight to see a small boy smoking. I uploaded it because I wanted to tell something. I wanted to show the world how living in poverty can be, what it does with small children and wanted to start a discussion about it (and they deleted that very good discussion too!).
Ofcourse Flickr doesn't mind children doing drugs, because the photos I took of small children inhaling glue are still there. Is that the Flickr message ... Smoking is very bad, but hey .. you can always use drugs!
Tommorrow about this time I will decide if I will continue posting on Flickr.