Ok, so I know what your thinking; its been less than 6 months since the last site update. Granted, however this time we have a rather troubling excuse. In late December last year our site was compromised and being used to host malicious code which attempts to infect other computers with viruses. Luckily, we spotted it quickly and shut the site down before it could infect us and our visitors. This left us with the challenging task of finding and removing all malicious code, along with the even harder task of identifying how this happened in the first place. After much discussion, we joked about rebuilding the site from scratch. After throwing some ideas around, this joke turned into a serious plan and a whole new vision for PhotoArk was born…
This is the first time we have changed the layout and core design of PhotoArk since we launched back in 2012. Over the years the direction of PhotoArk has diversified so much as we found our audience and explored what worked best. This evolution has left certain parts of our site behind and changing them would mean ripping core parts of our design apart. But in a weird way, this mishap has given us the perfect chance to take what we have learnt and develop a bigger and better PhotoArk.
Apart from the new modern design, most of our efforts have been focused on developing a new Library system called Collections. Unlike the Libraries which are split into categories, our new Collections are a lot more dynamic, bundling images of a particular subject or shoot together and publishing them in a blog like format. While a collection won’t contain as many images as a Library, there will be a lot more of them. This will not only make finding images of a particular subject infinitely easier but it allows us to publish new works much quicker. On top of this, all our collections now support Retina displays for your maximum viewing pleasure!
Collections aside, we have also re-worked all our Travel Diaries (previously Exhibitions) and you may have noticed that there are fewer of them. We felt that the lines between our Collections and Travel Diaries we getting a little blurred so all un-captioned Travel Diaries are being converted into Collections. Of course, all remaining Travel Diaries now support Retina too!
Needless to say these are not the only areas that have been revamped, improvements like these can be observed across the entire site. As you can probably imagine we have put a lot of thought and work into the new PhotoArk to bring you the best experience we possibly can. If you have any feedback we would love to hear it, just email
The PhotoArk Team.