One of the difficult parts of curating a site like this is maintaining a standard of quality. This is difficult primarily for two related reasons, (1) it can be difficult to find high-quality images of specific people doing specific activities, so we sometimes have to compromise on quality, and (2) cut out people in renderings get used at different scales and resolutions, so it isn't always necessary for a cutout to be high resolution. In many cases, the right person at a lower quality is preferable to the wrong one at a higher quality.

To this end, we're introducing categories as a new feature, additional menu options on the navigation bar. Our two immediately available categories are "New", so you can quickly see the most recent content added to the site, and "High-Resolution", for when you're doing a particularly large rendering, or need to place someone in the foreground. The addition of an HD category gives us the freedom to include in the database interesting images that don't meet the highest standard of quality. 

The third category that we will hopefully be adding to the site in the near future is "Commercial", which will allow you to quickly filter the database to show images that are either public domain, commercially licensed under the creative commons, or that we otherwise have the rights to distribute for commercial use. 

As always, send feedback to, and be sure to contribute your own images using the submit page. Nonscandinavia gets stronger with user involvement, so send those images our way!


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Where do these images come from?

We pull images from anywhere and everywhere to get the person and pose we want. As a result, we don't have license to use many of the images for professional purposes. These images are intended for educational, personal, and otherwise non-commercial use. Join in by sending us images you've cropped for use in your own renderings.

Are you ever going to have images for commercial use? 

One of the long-term goals of the site is to accumulate public domain images and those listed under creative commons licenses, and ultimately to begin to generate our own images through community photoshoots and user submission. These will be tagged as such so they will be searchable from within the main database, and assembled into their own gallery.

How to you choose what images to post?

Rule number 1: no stock photos; we want real people doing their thing. Rule number 2: represent the underrepresented. The goal is to maintain a parity of representation that corresponds to the real world and the places in which we're designing. If you feel there's a demographic missing, let us know, or better yet submit your own images to make it right.

How do you decide how to tag images?

As a project looking to challenge certain stereotypes of appearance, deciding what terms to use to tag people is one of the most difficult and controversial aspects of this site. Check out the discussion page for an explanation of our process and the thoughts behind it, and to give us feedback on how we can improve.