My Flickr photos are now public domain

I am not a photographer. Just another slob who takes the occasional photo. For centuries I have had a neglected Flickr account.  I used it to hold photos illustrating blog posts. Now I have decided to put the photos I’ve taken into the public domain. 

What that means, to quote the Creative Commons description is :

You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. 

This is my miserable offering to the internet from whose photos I  learnt so much. Not that excrement from my camera is of much value. Still that’s all I got to offer. 


My Flickr URL is

Independence Square Colombo Sri Lanka

On a practical note, many of these photos are low resolution. If you want anything higher contact me. I’ll dig around and see if I can find anything bigger. All for free.



  1. Nice to see the now legendary ‘Casserole’ picture available in public domain.

    Those older images are really something special – may be the film itself or may be the effect of time on them. I have seen that type of red in family albums of pictures from the 80s.

    I appreciate your spirit in making them available on CC 1.0.

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      • Oh come one. Don’t be such a cynic πŸ™‚ Anyway there’s still a better chance of them getting seen than if they were forgotten in a photo album.


    • Thanks. Glad you like the idea. I found with a flat light it’s quite easy to digitise old film photos wi a phone camera. The tricky part is with gloss printed photos which create hotspots of reflected light.


      • (Can’t reply to your reply – damn WP)

        I am an analogue person I’m afraid and it is unlikely I will reform.

        Old photographs can get lost, forgotten in the pages of a diary or a book, or an album stored away. But they can be found, faded and all the more interesting, and a memory recovered.

        What I find with digital is the sheer volume and their cheapness (free once you got the camera/phone and storage) makes them inconsequential. I have thousands of digital images I don’t look at, let alone sort, tidy up, and file a away under an appropriate folder.

        Unless I move these data around from hard drive to hard drive (and back them up, and back them up again because I’m paranoid) I can’t access them very easily. The threat of loss from technical failure might be reduced with solid state storage.

        If I store them on a dvd/cd-rom I need to boot something up &etc to access them. They are hardly the most tactile and aesthetically pleasing things to look at and handle. May be that’s a another reason why photo albums are popular – we are still emotionally tied up with books.

        Ultimately, it is about a record of our lives being at the mercy of time and nature (physical degradation of thee paper & the pigment, silver worms & mites), or time and technology and nature (obsolescence of the equipment, technical failure & magnetic waves!)

        All our important battles are battles with dust/or things turning to dust, isn’t it?

        One thing I noticed, both is SL and when I was in the UK, is that when ordinary people (that is not rich, not middle-class) are reported missing or killed, the newspaper articles carry a pixelated low quality cameraphone images of the person. This is more common when the person is very young.

        So the technology seems to be robbing the poorest of a decent representation of themselves. It’s awful and tragic.

        I didn’t want this to take a morbid turn, sorry.


      • That’s a valid take on the issue πŸ™‚

        Btw sorry about the comments getting to the spam. No idea why WP does that. 😦


      • You comment also made me think about how I look at digital photos. I realise that I look at old digital photos more often than analogue ones. Even going back years. I guess I’m different in that way πŸ™‚

        With Flickr etc I find it easier to manage and sort them. With extended family scattered on 3 continents, its the only practical way to share pics.

        I don’t rely much on CD ROM/DVDs as much. Just good old external hard drives for archiving. Cloud services for distributing and viewing.

        Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ it kicked off a few interesting realisations.


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