© Rebecca Fritz-Thompson

Xomiele’s work appears in print and online for newspapers and magazines including BoingBoing, Business Insider, BuzzFeed, Good, Grist, NPR, PRI, Reason, & WNYC. Some of his cooler stuff has shown at galleries in France and the US.The Xomiele Project: An experiment in Creative Commons Photography What happens when you license images on Flickr using Creative Commons? I set out to answer that question by applying a non-commercial attribution license to photographs of current events, places, and objects in my photostream.

This website tracks their appearances online, and creates an eclectic source of world news, opinion, and entertainment, by displaying the RSS feeds of all the websites using the images.

Under the pseudonym, “Xomiele” his work appeared on book covers, national and internaitional magazines and newspapers, and on 100’s of websites through his creative commons licensed image experiment, The Xomiele Project including BoingBoing, Business Insider, BuzzFeed, Good, Grist, NPR, PRI, Reason, WNYC. He’s been rockin’ a Lomo since before it was a filter on your phone.

I began using Creative Commons licensing as means of trying to promote the photographs, and to see what actually happens to images released into the wild… With Fickr, I could see traffic coming from a wide array of sources – news websites and entertainment blogs, but when I googled my “Name” I was surprised by the results.

Inspired my photograph of a recent event in Tempe, Arizona where a rubber dam in the middle of the desert collapsed suddenly and released a billion gallons of water and associated fish down the dry Salt River, well, I thought to myself, I finally have it! Haiku of the Day! Of course not all the images are CCL. And those that are, are generally not the originals, but rather JPGs, optimized for the web.

A friend put up my Smurf Supper image on Digg, and even though it never got more than 10-20 Diggs, the resulting traffic was pretty crazy for a couple of days, with about 3,000 people seeing the image in just a couple of days.

It started with a request on Flickr… someone from a Public News organization wanted to use an image of the American Flag for an article about a student, censorship, and the American Flag.


Business Insider
The Takeaway


Arizona Daily Sun
Arizona Republic
Dire Revue
National Endowmnent for the Arts Magazine
Panorama Internacional
Phoenix New Times
Theatre Communications Group


{9} the Gallery
Bokeh Gallery
La Cité du Design