COLLECTION THEMES

BACKGROUND

My dad gave me my first camera when I was six. It was a Vivitar pocket camera for the 3 people on NFT Twitter who are old enough to remember them. I don’t know if it is exactly this model that I found online, but it was something like this.

I got hooked and in time I upgraded to the legendary Canon AE-1.

By the time I was a teenager, I was a pretty good age-adjusted photographer. I had various scholarship offers to art schools to study photography, but I took a different route in life. I remained an active amateur photographer for a while, but, in time, life got in the way, I got busy and, progressively, the cameras sit on the bookshelf.

Over the last few months as we have had an interesting discussion about various licensing models for NFT photography, I started thinking about my own hard drive of photographs. When I was younger, I was certain that one day I would make prints or publish a book. This, of course, never happened.

LIFE IS SHORT

I realized this fall that this was never going to happen. That I was going to die one day with 100,000s of photographs on my hard drive, most of them seen only by me, or maybe my close friends and family.

Why did I, do I shoot? I think for conventional reasons – I see something I like and I don’t want to forget it mostly. Maybe, I want to show some others too. That used to happen when I was younger, but progressively, the photos sit there, inert, dead on my hard drive.

So I am going to take my own advice, eat my own dog food, taste my own medicine, put my photos where my mouth is.

I am going to start minting photographs that, upon sale, will convert to a Creative Commons 0 (public domain) license.

My hope and view about this collection is that perhaps all of the following will happen:

  • Someone will own an NFT they will enjoy
  • I will get the pleasure of seeing the images out in the world (and, sure, on the margin, some ETH to buy more photos)
  • Everyone else in the world can use the images if they find them useful for anything

COLLECTION APPROACH

While many of my favorite photographs I have taken are portraits, I can’t mint those without doxxing.

So the 6529 RAW collection is focused on landscapes and cityscapes. And since I can’t over-index to where I live, it will have to be ‘travel’ stuff mostly. So it will be a major battle for this not to be a walking-talking cliché, but it will be to some degree. For a public domain collection though, this is ok.

The photographs will be a mix of photographs that may be interesting or that mean something to me or might be sufficiently generic that it might be nice to have them in the public domain. I am going to figure it out as I go along.

The pace and timing of releases will depend on my work schedule.   I have no idea how many photographs I will mint in the end and on what pace. We will start and see how it goes.

There is some but usually not much post-processing because mostly I want to remember what I actually saw and partially because I don’t have time to do Photoshop well. The more technically minded among you will see curves that might have been improved. It is semi-on-purpose that they have not been.

To be clear, I am an amateur photographer, not a pro photographer. It is crystal clear to me how many photographers are better than me. I hope however that some of these photographs provide some good to some of you.

ROADMAPS

There is no roadmap.

You should buy these NFTs solely if you think 6529’s photos will look nice in your metaverse gallery or on your NFT-displaying TV.

PRINTS

I will not be sending collectors prints of the pieces. 6529 is heading for the metaverse, not for your living room wall. Given their CC0 licensing, however, you or anyone else can make as many prints as they like.

RESOLUTION

All photographs will be minted at the highest resolution I have available. Some of the photographs are scans of old film shots. Others were shot natively digitally.

THE LICENSE

The license under which I will be releasing the images in this collection is below:
https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/

The summary text:
https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

The general concept:
https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/