User:Chris Light

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Documenting America[edit]

This user participated in Wiki Loves Monuments 2016.
Lake George, Indiana

Originally, I wished to write and illustrate Wiki articles. Well, there is a conflict of personalities, over copyrights. This was after I discovered that most of my pictures would never survive me, as my family has no real interest in the visual arts, thus, I'm giving them to Wikicommons, so that whatever they may be worth, they at least will remain available for a few more years than my private ownership will provide. Maybe, they will be used in a photo essay some 5-80 years in the future.

Began posting January 2, 2001. Most won't be of use until 50+ years have gone by and urban restoration and reclamation have altered these places.

This user has been on Wikimedia Commons for
22 years and 11 months

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42,022+This user has made over 42,022 contributions to Commons.

Glacial project[edit]

I am currently working on the glacial history of the Great Lakes, which opens numerous possibilities and many public domain maps.

More modern vector (SVG) maps would be nice, but I'm not ready to learn that technology, when I can hack out the simple visuals for my articles. --Chris Light (talk) 18:56, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Master Project[edit]

Actually, I'm gathering information and images for a study on the Grand Kankakee Marsh. My problem is getting sidetracked into peripheral topics. I do that to insure that I've got a complete picture of the places, people, and events around the Kankakee River basin. But, it end up updating or creating articles and submitting images as I go.

Accidental Project[edit]

Looking at old books, I found an architecture book where the copyright has expired on the drawn and sketched images. It's a great reference for the field and the images add to the discussion. Thus, I've digitized them and posted them to commons. There are photos, which may be newer than the sketchs and by others than the author, which I've left alone.

--Chris Light (talk) 18:57, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Editing Project[edit]

When Posting my images, I find that many highly visited areas have hundreds of images posted into a generic category. Many of these are National Park areas and the major cities of the U.S. and the World. I have problems finding images that I'm interested in when there is more than one page of pictures. I find it easier to search categories or groups of related images (topical groupings). Thus, I'll spend time making sub-categories, i.e., Category:Devils Tower National Monument. While I've gotten into differences with editors of categories (to whom I'll defer, once the difference is pointed out), I feel confident in creating categories as I've lived in several different parts of the country, and adjacent to numerous national park areas, let alone visited many. I'll always be glad to listen and adjust to the needs and ways of categorizing things.