Free Stock Photos/Free Downloads

Free stock photos!

Full Hi Resolution Downloads

Now available from my

Flickr account.

Free stock photos / Gate Boldt Castle Tower
Gate Boldt Castle Tower

I have thousands of stock photos on my computer and I decided to share them with the world.

My rational:

What’s the use of having all these beautiful images if the only person enjoying them is me and my close relatives and friends?

In the past, I have always protected my work with copyright so that nobody could legally download and use my work without my consent and without proper compensation. Over the last few years, I have tried selling my photos online and in person but was only able to license and sell a few of them.  I would like more people to view and enjoy my free stock photos.

The web is loaded with millions of images that are being sold or licensed for peanuts. Stock photography is not what it used to be. In my opinion, stock photographers are no longer able to earn a decent living licensing their images. I never believed in those micro stock agencies that license images for pennies and pay photographers next to nothing. I have a lot of trouble understanding the logic. I feel that the artists are being exploited and I don’t see why they continue to endure this situation. I gave up on this model long ago. If I can’t get a decent compensation for my work, then I will not contribute to the problem by letting stock agencies profit from my work.

Therefore, if my images can be of some help to someone, I am going to let them be used free of charge. That’s my way of fighting back.

What I’m looking for in exchange for your free stock photos downloads:

I still have some expenses relating to my photography that I need to cover such as camera equipment, computer, editing software, printing material, transportation, etc… It’s not free yet, even for me.

So if you like my work and would like to use some of my images, please help yourself to any, found on this site or on my

Flickr portfolio

free of charge and restrictions under the

Creative Commons license.

BUT please consider a small DONATION so that I can continue shooting and provide you with great images.

I am retired, living on a small pension and this is the only other source of income I get to help me sustain my passion.

Thanks in advance for your generosity.

Michel Rathwell

P.S. Creative Commons license.

You are free to:
Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
for any purpose, even commercially.

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Under the following terms:

Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. 

Check out full text of license at

Creative Commons license.

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