Everything was going well. Too well! From the 1st January to the end of March, we had an average of 150 subscriptions a day. Unequalled audience records and collaboration and partnership proposals we had only dreamed about. The 1st grain of sand manifested itself at the end of March: the suspension of our Facebook page for a photo of a nude by Araki posted in 2013. It was our fault, you don’t argue with Facebook; they have a policy; you accept it and move on. The Eye of Photography had nearly 30,000 fans on Facebook. Worse happened a few days later, a surprising drop in speed of our server. Over a few days the slowness became sluggishness and the sluggishness became horror. These were two of the richest weeks of the photographic year: AIPAD, the Sony Awards, the Chipp the Chinese Worldpress, the Yangon Festival, the Moscow Biennial and the NY Times Portfolios. Thursday morning, Ericka, our editor-in-chief realised that it took at least 3 minutes to open a page and we had to expect the worst! I was in London for a speech at the Sony Awards, I doubt that it was very good! Santa Claus would appear the next day: his name is Gaël Reyrol. He found the reason for this progressive immobilisation of our site. It was a hostile over-saturation, in short it was an attack on our servers from Russia.For what reason?
So, please excuse all of these nuisances, delays and annoyances and thank you for being one of the many who have joined this impassioned community that has become the Eye of Photography!