Raymond vanderWoning's Photos

This week we’re featuring the photography of Raymond A. vanderWoning. His photos feature subjects from flowers and bugs to signs and people and his about page carries a thoughtful piece on how and why he licenses all his photos. A hobbyist photographer at heart, Raymond’s closing statement gets to the heart of it all:

Information doesn’t want to be free, it wants to be shared.

8 thoughts on “Raymond vanderWoning's Photos”

  1. You should compile the photos onto a cd-rom and offer free distribution.

    You could also charge a small percentage of gross profits (if sold) like project gutenberg does.

    Dead dragonfly pictures?

  2. Some day when I am producing higher res, marketable stuff, I may watermark. But in general I think watermarked images are unfortunate on the web. They’re ugly and serve no purpose. As I said in my usage piece, there’s nothing marketable in a 50kb jpeg. A watermark is a barrier to sharing.

    Probably the most frustrating thing to me as a blogger was knowing that using AP Photos, for example, in a blog post about a news item was violating the terms and conditions of my hosting arrangement. I felt that some of my posts lacked either humour (in which case I was forced to steal the image or not bother posting) or some dramatic punch.

    It’d be real sweet if mainstream news agencies would release low-res news photographs for use in blogs, and CC license the text of their articles. Most agencies don’t archive for long periods, likely due to overwhelming storage cost, so a CC license could expand the lifespan of a good photograph and a good story well beyong their capacity for archiving. I got tired of being thwarted, and I got tired of being a thief. CC licensing gave me an opportunity to be a part of the solution, rather than be a part of the problem.

  3. Whoopsie. I see I broke some links here, I apologise. ‘The eloquent words’ have been relocated to a page devoted entirely to usage.

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