I'm an amateur photographer, mostly focusing on insects and plants and other nature scenes, with some urban textures as well.

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I used to upload my better photographs to the Wikimedia Commons, but it became too much of a chore. I eventually wrote a script to create a browseable gallery website out of my laptop's KPhotoAlbum database. (Back then, KPhotoAlbum was called KimDaBa, and my gallery generator and website were written in PHP. Now the generator, kpawebgen, is written in a mix of Python and Clojure; and the gallery website code, pellucida, is written in Clojure.)

I have occasionally done some portrait photography. In the fall of 2006 I did a portrait series for the Charlottesville Interfaith Gay-Straight Alliance (IGSA) print ad campaign. And in March of 2008 I did a portrait and candid series for the African American Teaching Fellows (AATF) in Charlottesville, Virginia for their website.


I do not make my living as a photographer. Since I generally do not profit in retaining copyright, I release many of my photos under a free license that allows people to use them in a fair manner.

Understand, however, that this license does not apply by default to any given photo. The contents of this page are only meant as a description of my usual licensing terms. Unless I explicitly give a license for a photo, it must be regarded as still under full copyright.

That said, here are the usual terms:

Free license
When I release a photo under a free license, it is under the GFDL 1.2 or the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0. If I do not specify the license version on a photo, it is automatically the version mentioned above. If you encounter a photo of mine that is licensed under an older version of said licenses, you are also permitted to use it under the versions listed above. If I have licensed a photo under one of these two free licenses, it is automatically available under the other as well.
Commercial license
From time to time I will release a photo under a commercial license. (The free licenses permit commercial usage, but most companies do not want to run a byline and license terms under the image, which would be required.) The license I provide in these circumstances is non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide, non-sublicensible, and irrevocable. It is not permitted to affect my ability to create more licenses on the photo, or to affect existing licenses.

List of authorized licensees

These aren't what you'd call "properly licensed" but I've given verbal, written, or implicit permission.