Moving to Freedom, .Org(on)

Remarkable Free (as in free culture) Photography by Paulo Barcellos

I’ve had it in mind lately to write some book/music/movie reviews about non-free culture, which I have mixed feelings about. This is a site ostensibly devoted to free software and free culture, after all. I may end up writing those posts, along with some hand wringing explanatory notes (namely that I’m all about “free association and assorted miscellany” also), but I have no reservations about pointing to the work of Paulo Barcellos Jr. over at Flickr:

New York City HDR

NYC, Blade Runner Style

I’m continually delighted that he freely shares all his pictures under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 license. (I’m guessing the older v2 license because that’s what Flickr offers as an option.) This is quality work, and releasing it this way bolsters free culture as we gradually move in on the proprietary regime.

I’ve followed the work of other people where some pictures are released under a free license, but others are more miserly offered with a non-commercial clause. This is within the rights of the photographer, of course, but I so much more appreciate the spirit of sharing displayed by Paulo. I don’t know what his motives are, but to consistently offer work this good under a free license, I like to think that he really gets it.

Let’s look at one more:

New York City HDR 2

The City that Never Sleeps

New York City HDR Detail

These photos use the high dynamic range imaging (HDR) technique, but there are many “regular” digital photos also. (More non-HDR than HDR.) I first found Paulo’s work through the linked Wikipedia article on HDR, and was so impressed that I started subscribing to his Flickr photostream feed.

You can click on the images here to reach their Flickr home pages where you’ll find large original versions of the pictures in the 3000 x 2000 pixel range, in high quality PNG format for the HDR photos.

Check out the detail here from “The City that Never Sleeps.” Looking at the neighborhood in the foreground of the picture, I get the sense of being there and looking over the scene, and I wonder what’s going on in all of these buildings. Who lives there and what do they do? What’s it like to be there? Such a dense mass of humanity in the concrete jungle.

Thanks, Paulo! I hope you keep working for freedom.

To the rest of you: go directly to Paulo’s Flickr page and dig some more of the awesome free goodness.