The common belief is that image-making is too individual as a practice to ever be objective or collaborative enough for a project like Wikipedia. And so the current Wikipedia guidelines leave room only for the creation and contribution of descriptive photographs or scientific illustrations. Nothing as exciting and creative as the lively text-based collaboration that made Wikipedia what it is.
We believe this can and should be changed. But if we want to revolutionize the role of images in Wikipedia, we should resists our initial tendency to neutralize the image for what may be considered a more factual or collaborative approach.
We believe it is essential for a liberated subjective image to hash out the difficulties before we preemptively attempting to solve them. So, though we know it won’t be easy, we’re ready to fight it out. To find a way for images to lead, not just follow in the shadows of the text.