[Wikimediaindia-l] Flickr alternative to Photowalks

wheredevelsdare at hotmail.com wheredevelsdare at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 15 06:08:11 UTC 2011


I have mentioned to 
Bishaka, Vivek and Pradeep in person and on the Mumbai list. After our first Mumbai Photowalk, I ran a quick 
check on Flickr for Mumbai related content and found a lot of relevant 
and professional photographs. I contacted relevant uploaders requesting 
them to change licensing to CC-BY or CC-BY-SA so that to allow use on 

A lot of them agreed - for example, I got pictures of an IPL match at 
Brabourne Stadium, several photographs of Ganpati Visarjan at Girgaum 
Chowpatty (taken from a boat by a visiting foreigner who kindly agreed 
to change licensing) - they include wonderful picutures of the beach 
full of people and idols, coast guard choppers patrolling etc., Ballard 
Bunder Gatehouse, an ATP tournament that took place in Mumbai at CCI in 
2006, Agatti and Delhi airports (aerial view) and Mani Bhavan pictures 
so far. During the photowalks we would have taken a lot of time to cover
 so much - and may not have been as professional. 

Further past sports events is something we could not have got for 
obvious reasons and I doubt we could have got as good pictures of Ganesh
 Visarjan (even if we waited a few more months ourselves). Out of about 
15 people contacted about 7 people have agreed to change the licensing 
(only 1 refusal thus far). A lot of the amateur photographers on Flickr 
might be willing to let go of the copyright so as to get more exposure 
and notice through Wikipedia (they may even pass the word that their 
photographs have been requested for use by Wikipedians and are currently
 used on Wikipedia!). A couple of them while changing the license 
requested me for the link to the article on which their photo is used. 
It may be a good idea for us to concentrate on getting pictures from 
Flickr rather than conducting more photowalks (by identifying requisite 
photographs and requesting them via comments on the said photo and email
 to the photographer/flickr user). 


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