The Tetons and Snake River
by Ansel Adams source Wikimedia license Public Domain
Ah, the pleasure of an old friend - Constant Comment tea. I lived on it during my university years. But, it too has aged a bit. It taste different than it does in my memory. It is more bitter now. Maybe it is just me. Sigh.
I must indulge my pleasures another way, but before you become too creative in helping me move that thought along, I shall not linger here for long. Rather, I shall infuse my sight sense with beautiful imagery. There is something so satisfying about beautiful art and photography. When you find something that causes pause and you want to look at it longer than it takes to click off a web site, well…it is a true pleasure. And there are so many wonderful things out there to discover. I equate it to shopping. We browse through the racks, seeing this fabric, that texture. We go quickly until something seems worthy of a longer look, and there is joy in that find.
I write about indulging the sight sense today because I get a fair amount of email from people who enjoy the images I choose for my various posts. There is something so pleasing about hearing from people who may not have no interest in hypnosis, but the images lured them into my web enough to read a few lines of the post, and some even read the entire paragraph sets. Then they return. Is that hypnosis? Maybe. The images act as an induction that allows the conscious mind to focus on something else, while the subconscious mind takes in the suggestion (to keep reading).
Many people ask me where I find the images, especially those new to blogging. I would love to take credit for them all, but the only notice I deserve in the matter is having good taste. LOL. I use a variety of sources to locate public domain or creative commons imagery, meaning that both allow me to share other people’s images with you here. I wish I could afford to pay photographers and artists for their work, but hopefully the link to their work is something. The main thing that one needs to remember though, is that the work remains the intellectual property of the artist, therefore it is never really a good thing to chose a random image off of a site that either says “All right’s Reserved” or has the good old copy write symbol. If you become so enamored of an image that has such things, best to write to the artist and ask for permission.
So, I have found a new site that allows bloggers to freely use the photography on the site. Acobox has a collection of blog pictures. To use them, you must sign up for an account. Then you can either scan through their collection or you can search using key words. Currently their image bank is somewhat small, but classy. The image above was found on their site, meaning that they have found some excellent public domain work from the big daddys of photography, such as Ansel Adams. It is a clean site (both in design and in content for those who are concerned about such things) and pretty easy to use.
If you are a photographer and care to share your work, thus getting more exposure, you can also register to do so. I believe unlike some of the other photo sharing sites, this one may be more monitored. Not sure what that means in real terms. They may screen for quality and content (one can hope).
So, feel free to join me as I peruse my pleasure. Also, if you have any sources for images that you enjoy, please consider sharing them.