Paul R. Wood at the historic Rutt’s Hut in Clifton, New Jersey
From the Flickr site:
The key goals of The Commons on Flickr are to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world’s public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer.
You’re invited to help describe the photographs you discover in The Commons on Flickr, either by adding tags or leaving comments.*
You are going to find photos from some really awesome resources. How about:
- Powerhouse Museum Collection
- Smithsonian Institution
- The Library of Congress
- Brooklyn Museum
- George Eastman House
- Bibliothèque de Toulouse
Flickr invites you to be a part of the experience by adding descriptions to images that you are familiar with. Some photos that have previously been listed with no information have had the back stories filled in by either the person in the picture or family members who were familiar with the history of the photo. This could prove valuable to those studying writing, art, history, humanities, or geography. I am sure there are many more content ties than that.
In case you are wondering what the above pic has to do with this post, only two people would know the back story (and a colorful one it is) about this image shot at the world famous Rutt’s Hut. An 80 year old historic location like that wants the stories to live on. Flickr is allowing just that through the photo history offerings from these museums. We should take advantage of the first person narratives many of them offer. I would say many or all of them would make for great story starters for young writers who are stuck or just like the challenge of creating their own back stories.