The inception of OpenPhoto was a desire to liberate our photos and take back control. Like you, our photos are the most valuable digital files we have. Also like you, we've used Flickr, Picasa and Smugmug and wound up with our photos scattered across numerous sites on the web.
We knew there had to be a better way to take, share and archive photos while retaining ownership. It didn't seem like anyone else was going to build it so we took it upon ourselves to solve this problem for everyone. The project has been open source on Github since the first line of code was written because like your photos, OpenPhoto doesn't belong to us.