One of my favorite photos I shot. It was on my honeymoon. It was shot from on the rooftop of the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarters of New Orleans. Sun was setting. So while it may not be perfect, I have a number of reasons that this photo triggers the feels.
With this in mind, it is amazing that I decided to put this art out into the world for people to steal, take, use. That's right, I put it on both my little license-free website and it's now on a much bigger (and amazing) website for free: UNSPLASH.com
It's been a couple days and it's been downloaded over 135 times. I dream of the day I see it being used by people for their own work and remixes.
On unsplash.com, I've looked up a lot of profiles for photographers that I know and I always find nothing. Is it that many photographers don't even know about the website yet or is it that they are against the entire concept of the photos being licensed under Creative Commons Zero.
I can't help but wonder. The amazing thing about unsplash is how it's democratizing the USE of photography for people. Because even as everyone is a photographer now, it's clear that not everyone can shoot beautiful photography. Second, days ago, Flickr added the ability for you to note your photos as Creative Commons Zero as well. They are clearly picking up on something and I believe the traction unsplash is making might have to do with it.
There was a post back in January on Petapixel about how Unsplash is ruining things for photographers but it was pretty much a post from a scarcity mindset.
No matter what, I believe we all have a few photos that are great but we are willing to forgo the idea of trying to earn money from them directly. Instead, when you offer up photos for free use, you are paid in something different like community. I've never seen a more positive community before. Love it.
Here is my unsplash profile currently (2 photos) and over 255 downloads in a couple days. This is literally NOTHING compared to photos that are curated.