Sunday, December 12, 2004

A Day in the Life of...

This idea has always fascinated me. The photojournalistic side of me gets all warm and fuzzy with even the mention of an idea like this. Humanity is such an interesting thing. Billions of us on this planet all going about our days, doing the things that we need to do in order to live life. What is it all about? Yes, I know that is a loaded question, but it is interesting to think about. I am not one of the “loudest” social figures when I am out and about, but one thing I love to do is people watch. It is just fascinating to see what people do, how they react, where they are going.

Several years ago, my father and I were visiting an aunt who lives a few hours to the south of where we do. It was a nice little vacation, but one of the things that I keep in my memory about that trip was a book that my aunt had on her coffee table. No, I don’t remember its name, but it was some photo contest. Each photographer was challenged to show the community where they lived. It was a 24 hour thing, and the photos from different photographers were just stunning.

With the advent of flickr, this is type of project can be so much bigger, and though we won’t be publishing a book when all is said and done. Hundreds of people will have contributed their “day in the life” to a collection. Though flickr is like this every day, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, I think that this group has potential. It will be interesting to see what people come up with, knowing that they are showing “their day”.

So, if you have a camera, get out there on the 21st of December and photograph your day. Then share the pictures with the rest of the world. Flickr accounts are free, and lots of fun to use. Perhaps one of the reasons that I love my camera so much, is that it gives me a way to show others how I see the world, and that in its self is a deep subject.

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