Every time I publish on social media that I've uploaded a new photo to Unsplash, or that I've hit a certain number of downloads I get someone saying why do I upload my photos there?
As a photographer, I personally upload my photos to Unsplash in the hope that people will use them for their projects. For this, I receive no money but it gets my work out there and at the time of writing my photos have been viewed almost 5 million times.
For those that don't know Unsplash is, it's a high-res stock photography platform. It's completely different from the stereotypical stock photography sites.
All of the photos have been uploaded but photographers and creators from all around the World and these photos are amazing.
Unsplash has been going for a little over 4 years and the stats for the site are 200,000 photos uploads, 20 billion views on those photos and 200 million downloads which work out to 4.5 photos per second.
People who see my photos would never have normally seen them, all that would have happened is that I share them on social media and then they sit on a hard-drive. Now they are given a life and people get to use them on their projects.
A few weeks back I created a whole podcast about my Unsplash journey if you fancy a listen.