Creative Commons Brings Content Creators Together: Music + Photos = Video

Photo by Trey Ratcliff

At first, all I wanted to do place some studio tracks from my albums on Youtube. When I’m looking for music that I dont already own, be it for a student or whatever, Youtube is where I go.  Should someone else use a similar technique, I want my tunes to be there too.

While you can find me in all the usual places online, my social network of choice is Google+. The community is active and there’s a lot going on there. Among other things the place is crawling with world-class photographers, many of whom really get social media.

Just like with musicians or any other content creators, photographers are divided in the internet age on whether to share their work freely and openly, or to try to lock it down behind a pay wall or other  mechanism. I believe, like the photographers whose work I’ve chosen to feature in this video, that openly sharing your art is the way to be successful.

Trey Ratcliff is among the first and most vocal proponents of photo sharing on the internet and makes his entire portfolio available via Creative Commons from his uber-popular blog. His generosity and forward-thinking approach to being an artist on the internet has been one of many inspirations for me.  Thomas Hawk is another rightfully popular internet rockstar photographer whose photos and social vision have kept me thinking for the past few years. Scott JarvieBoris Gorelik and Alex Lapidus, shockingly brilliant photographer all, have generously allowed me to share their amazing work alongside mine.

Share, share, share… and pass the love a long to someone you think will appreciate this. I will be producing more videos using this basic concept for the rest of my musical catalog.