Monday, November 13, 2006

My Polling Place Photos are on Flickr

AIGA Polling Place Photo Project:
"The Polling Place Photo Project is a nationwide experiment in citizen journalism that seeks to empower citizens to capture, post and share photographs of democracy in action. By documenting their local voting experience on November 7, voters can contribute to an archive of photographs that captures the richness and complexity of voting in America."
I went out and shot a bunch of photos for The Polling Place Photo Project, but I didn't end up uploading any photos to them.

I posted them to flickr

The reason that I didn't post my photos there is that they want your name and email address, and optionally will publicize that you took the photo, if you allow your name AND email to be listed.

I don't want my email listed on a web page. That promotes spam.

I emailed them a few times asking if they could add a field for URL so that your name and website could be credited. I never heard back.

One other suggestion is that they allow you to transfer photos that you already have online somewhere over to their site. If they fix the attribution problem, I'd like to be able to submit my Polling Place Photo Project Flickr set to them by just pasting in a URL.

The point is that some of us are already comfortable using using photo and video tools. Requiring contributors to upload work they've hosted somewhere is an obstacle. What happens when you start soliciting video?

Video uploads take quite a while.

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