This image is enjoying quite the ride around the digital world in recent weeks. I habitually monitor traffic to my Flickr feed including what sites are linking to photographs. Several days in a row “In Rainbows” was receiving significantly higher traffic than anything else in my photo stream. A Tumblr image blog under the name LEHROI posted and linked that image back to my Flickr. His blog design has changed now, but for awhile I could see statistics showing the number of likes and shares the post was getting: 14,500. Not bad.
The following week, the imag hit Twitter. I woke up to my mail box full of notifications that my Twitter handle (@kuhnsben) was being called out in a number of different messages. Again, it was the ice castle image floating around.
A quick Google search yesterday afternoon lead me to an article showing not one, but all of my images from the ice sculpture. This morning I was alerted that The Cool Hunter had picked up the original image on their Instagram account where it has 15,500 likes and counting.
Long story short, I’m amazed at the outpouring of love for these images. It would be easy to harbor some anger to the sites posting my content, not one reached out to seek my permission to share the photographs. Yet, each one took the time to include my name and link back to my work – something that is all to easy to forgo on the web. To everyone liking, sharing, tweeting, etc., thank you for looking! See the full set of ice castle images below: