Hi, this is a beautiful photo! Is it ok if I used it as a frontpage for an article I have written? My article is about libertarian thought on immigration, and it will first be shown to a group of about 20 persons, and then maybe I will publish it onmy blog which has about 3-5 readers/day.
I would have appreciated it if you asked first. I would have said yes most likely. I believe that by default an artist should ask permission to use someone else's work rather than assuming it's OK unless explicitly prohibited. I don't think the old adage about it being better to ask forgiveness than permission applies in a digital artistic community where IP is so easily copied and co-opted.
I'm not going to ask you to remove it because I don't have an issue with the final usage. However, in the future please ask first.