Hey! It’s been a while since we last posted, but today we want to celebrate users that we think are dedicated and loyal to us. So here we are starting out with our first interview!

Volker (@daik777) is a German user and stood out for friending over 30,000 people, so many that our servers crashed because of him! 

We also found it interesting that though older than most our users, he was still active, and engaging with other members of the Community. He took and created some nice shots and we hope you can enjoy those and his point of view on Retrica and its Community. 

 


How did you meet Retrica? How long have you been there?

I guess it was early 2017 when I found the Retrica App on the App Store. I was looking for a photo editing app. I read reviews from several apps and what I read about Retrica made me curious. I downloaded it and I really like it. The first like I received was from @alperoguz, it made me very happy. I gave him many back!

What’s your favorite filter on Retrica and why?

Most often I use the “natural” filter, followed by the seasonal filters (« 47 », « Penny » for Halloween) and the flamingos and unicorn one. I also like the stickers that you can add to the photos. You can play for hours, especially like the flowers and the lettering “Retro”, but that also changes, there are also always new stickers added.

How would you describe the community of Retrica?

The Retrica community is a partial image of this world. You will find many very young people, children and adolescents, you will find many adults and some older people, which I will probably also belong to most of them, I am already 58 years old. But no matter how old you get, inside of us is always the child, teen and young adult you used to be.

But the light within us, it really does not matter how old the body of the other is, it is about the soul and there we are in contact with each other.

In most photos, you can see the joy of the people. And there are really millions of photos of people who are as beautiful as they are. Each and every one in his or her own way.

What are you most excited about?

When a user releases his first photos and I see that, I do not care if these pictures are works of art, I’m happy with the kid and give him or her likes. I still remember how happy I was about my own first like from @alperoguz and the hundreds, then thousands that came after. This is the reason why I want to give that joy to others as well.

You are a bit famous in our team because you found so many friends that you broke our server! Do you think yourself as Retrica famous?

This is funny. No, I don’t think of myself as a Retrica Famous.

I used the search function so I had at some point almost all the users as friends. I also realized that at some point it just became too many.  And then maybe I overdid it a bit, I spent a lot of time here on Retrica because I like to be here. Retrica is what I spend time on after reading or gardening. I’m also allowed to look after my mother, who just turned 89, and I’m glad she’s still pretty healthy for her age. It is a pleasure and a great honor for me to be there for her, giving her back some of the love and care she once gave me as a child. It is similar to Retrica with the Likes, if you give back what you got is also a pleasure and honor for everyone.

You can use our app better than some of our younger users. What do you think of the uploaded pictures?

Thank you for the kind words. I love the many photos, so I like to see them too. I try to look at all the photos of a user, from the latest to the first. This can sometimes take a while, but it’s worth doing. I like the normal pictures of people, I like to see a small part of their living environment. I really like the animal photos because I like animals. I like them alive and not as food. They are fellow creatures on this planet and can be valuable friends.

My pictures show me how I really am. I am an adult and yet a child. I like nature more than humans because nature and animals are more honest than most people. We also see it in the big politics that something goes terribly wrong on earth. Humankind is currently destroying its own livelihood and, unfortunately, much of nature’s livelihoods as well.

Are you following anyone who is super cool on Retrica that we may not know about?

The Lisa @lischen_nita has developed its own formal language in the interpretation of pieces of music.

I also like the photos of the woman ftm @xgd10 very much.

At the moment I think a lot is going on in Belgium as well. You can often find beautiful and very appealing photos of users from this country. Likewise, the people from the Netherlands show a beautiful joy and I like that.

The Ruby @colorful.koi sometimes explains how you like pictures, which could be interesting for many.

I also like art pictures. For example, if you go to my Top 50 Like list (just click on “Likes” on my profile) you will find the profile of Aga there. His nickname is @agaofficial

He has uploaded beautiful pictures. You should take a look. Incidentally, he is also one of those who now and then throw Likes around. I think that’s very nice and I thank him for thinking of me too.

The Melike @melike2312 gave me a lot of Likes, for which I’m grateful. In an upload, she also recalled the fate of Aslan Özgecan (Wikipedia link), who was once brutally murdered. Unfortunately, too many bad things still happen on our planet today. And too many are looking away.

Thanks for your time! We’ll see you in Retrica 🙂

Thanks for your questions.

 

Oh and we wanted to wish a happy birthday to your Mother!

 

– Team Retrica