Last Update: Mar 18, 2018
Some time ago, I was looking for a public domain, feature image for an article. It was about a trade show hosted in Collinsville, Illinois. Things may have changed since then, but the best image I could find at the time was that of a bloody, great ketchup bottle.
To those from British Commonwealth countries, I'm not being naughty, after all 'The Bloody Mary' was named for the same apparent reason.
I checked all the obvious places - for far to long as it happens - before I settled on the bottle.
Surely, a town with the facilities to host a trade show would have better images available than this. Or, maybe this is a very important ketchup bottle.
Perhaps, Collinsville is a just a very small place. But here's the best I could come up with for Pasadena:
I know there are better public domain and creative common images for Pasadena now. But a picture of the convention centre would have been helpful.
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Now, it seems to me that with hundreds of thousands of members here, we have access to an unimaginably diverse range of images. Has this been tried before? I'm suggesting a photo exchange platform.
I live in Australia, Queensland to be precise. I have images of Sydney, The Gold Coast, The Great Barrier Reef and the Asian cities in which I've worked. There should be something there for travel writers.
In a couple of weeks time, The Gold Coast will be hosting The Commonwealth Games. This may not mean much to our US cousins. However, it will resonate with members from Canada (whose team is already in town), India, Pakistan, The Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe and approximately fifty other countries. There should be something in that for sports writers.
Just a little down the road from where I live you'll find Snapper Rocks. It hosts the first round of the World Pro Surfing Tour. It's also home to three time world champion, Mick Fanning. You may remember Mick. He was the reigning world champion when he was attacked by a shark during the South African leg of the world tour. Mick now runs a micro-brewery on the Gold Coast. There should be something in that for surf bloggers.
I'm not so vain as to want to protect all my photographs as intellectual property. I only guard photos of personal significance and perhaps that one accidental image that may go viral.
After all, It's not likely that I'm going to compete with Herb Ritts for space in a gallery.
If we were to release images into the public domain, it could be done with the correct verbiage on a moderated platform. There would always be someone to throw under the bus.
Just sayin': you show me yours and I'll show you mine
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That is a great Idea. I foresee one problem though. We might end up with people placing pictures on the system that are not their own. That could cause a problem. It would be great having our won bank of media to use though.
Yes, I foresaw that problem, but Pixabay has found a way to make it work.
It would have to be done on a moderated platform with correct the correct disclosure. The person who uploaded the image would have to be identified by WA.