A group of students here at UMM have arranged for several photographers to work with members of the growing Latino community in West Central Minnesota. I was paired up with Paul Cortes, who wished to be photographed with his girlfriend Keni Zenner. They chose the text for their signs, and we worked together to identify a number of different locations around the UMM campus; they particularly wanted to shoot in the greenhouse since that’s where they had their first date.
One of my photos from the 2012 Doomtree Blowout is being used to illustrate the Wikipedia entry for Doomtree!
Last night Sub-Evil Boy texted with very emphatic instructions to check my e-mail NOW!
Being a well-trained father, I did exactly that:
Subject: HOLY MOTHER OF FRAK YOUR FAMOUS
YOUR GODDAMN PHOTO.
FROM THE FIRST BLOWOUT.
At least it is RIGHT NOW
(We’ll blame his failure to use the correct version of “you’re” in the subject on his abject excitement.)
Jeez O’Criminey Pete! – It’s true! If you head on over there, the picture of five rappers that they’re using is indeed one of mine from our first Blowout nearly two years ago now. That’s even Thomas’s arm and hand sticking out of the green sweatshirt sleeve in the foreground :-) (This link points to today’s version of the page in case they come to their senses and swap in a different picture down the road.)
There are certainly better photographers and photographs of the crew out there, so I’m a little surprised. I suspect my liberal Creative Commons licensing has a lot to do with it, as I’m pretty Wikipedia/Wikimedia friendly in that regard. Still, it’s super cool to see people using my photo this way.
I should also make it clear that it almost certainly wasn’t someone at Doomtree that made this choice. Wikipedia strongly discourages/disallows people creating or editing content about themselves, so I’m guessing this choice was made by someone outside of the crew.
I should also point out that the content of the entry is pretty thin and kinda sad. I think some folks should get on that – we gotta make sure there’s good text to distract people from the lousy picture up at the top :-)
Thanks to Thomas for the pointer!