Morning all. I wanted to bring up an issue that I and several other photographers are having with a specific photographer/poster, Chris Collinsworth. Chris has been posting about four years now from the central US in flyover country. Almost all of Chris’ photos are planes flying over at 30-40k feet. I do enjoy when he catches interesting shots like planes refueling, USAF flight movements and other unique shots. However, in the four years he has been posting he has spammed the system with close to 22 thousand photos! More importantly he is clogging up the photo system with these photos. They are of almost no redeeming value and often are almost the exact same shot over and over again.
A good example of this is Allegiant A332NV. https://flightaware.com/photos/aircraft/N332NV There are 16 photos of this A319, 14 of which are Chris photos. These are all multiple versions of the exact same photo and literally clog up the image search for different aircraft. I wouldn’t have a problem if he had a couple of this aircraft, but I see no redeeming value in having this many posted over and over again.
Photographers have mentioned this to Chris in various photos and he either does not acknowledge them or tries to belittle or troll them. He does not acknowledge that he is doing something that could be harming this community, hence why I am starting this discussion here instead.
If this continues unabated at his current average of 15 photos a day in a few years he will overwhelm the photo section. Other photographers have posted even more than him (goodluck747400, okguido, learjetmiami) but almost all of their photos are good quality and add to the overall FA photo section. Can somebody from FlightAware please weigh in and let us know your thoughts? I believe that most of these photos by Chris should be removed from the system. I cannot abide by the posting regulations of websites like Airliners.net, but in this case I think FA staff should step in and put a stop to this spam. I know I’m not the only photographer that has similar feelings and has expressed them to Chris. Hate to call out an individual poster but I feel it is necessary in this case. Thanks!