About this project
The project goal is to create 100 Creative Commons licensed background images for anyone to use for free. To kick things off, I'll create 100 mini business cards using the photos.
Why 100 images? MOO MiniCards let you put custom photos on the back of high quality mini business cards. Since MiniCards come in packs of 100 and you can upload up to 100 of your own images, I thought it would be fun to create a pack with every single card you hand out being unique and open.
Why background images? I discovered that if you power off your iPhone with the camera app running, you'll get an impromptu close-up shot when you next turn on your phone. This is usually a shot of a table surface, the ground, your shoes - many of which provide interesting textural backgrounds.
This phenomenon inspired me to shoot texture shots taken as iPhone close-ups. In order to learn more about effectively framing and lighting a digital shot, I post all photos without edits, cropping, or level and color changes.
I have shot 48 photos so far (as of the launch of this kickstarter.com project). I will open up the licensing of this photo set once I have shot 99 acceptable background photos. If you want a say in which 99 photos I should include, visit the photo set on flickr and use the favorite and comment features to let me know ones you like or dislike.
Why me? I've been involved in a number of fun projects inspired by novelty and openness, including as a contributing author for a popular Creative Commons-licensed book, creator of a critically acclaimed news mash-up based on an open API, builder of a reference implementation for an open hardware communications platform, and on Project VRM with Doc Searls, co-author of the Cluetrain Manifesto.
By day, I work on new products for National Public Radio. Learn more about my other projects at my website.
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