I am seriously blown away that there are people downloading my photos on @unsplash. These numbers are tiny compared to what is happening with curated feature photographs.
While not every photographer is going to be in love with Unsplash, that's okay. I think that every photographer has some photos of which they could use to give back to the community. I certainly want to play an infinite of making art to make more art. Giving photography away via Creative Commons Zero license is perfect.
I've started to see my photography pop up on the web, remixed. The joy of knowing someone else used the work to build and create more work is unbelievable.
Above is the stats page for your profile photos. 5 photos currently live on my profile. The screen fades in and out between each photo, updating how many downloads it has received and it's rank.
Such a positive community too. There isn't any kind of social aspect other than communicating via downloads. Downloading a high-res photo is much more of an action, in my opinion, than clicking like or retweet now.
Would downloads be > likes? It's something I'm thinking about.
main site: http://unsplash.com
my profile: http://unsplash.com/scottwebb