Rather than doing a ‘Photo of the Month’ post for May, I thought I’d profile someone else’s work instead. Actually, a lot of someones. A non-profit group in Sweden called ‘ADay.org‘ asked photographers around the world to make photographs on one day – May 15, 2012 – and upload them to the group’s website. Although a day is 24 hours, because of international time zones it actually worked out to a 48-hour period. Each image had to fit into one of three categories: home, work or connections, and there were various sub-categories for each. Each photographer was allowed to upload up to 10 images of his/her work. All of the images will eventually be displayed on the group’s website, and selected images will be put together into a book.
All of the images are currently being gathered, organized, etc. and they’re expecting to launch their full website in June. In the interim they’ve provided two links: 100 photos and 100 profiles. The first link shows a selection of 100 images made that day and the second shows profiles of 100 of the photographers who submitted their work. Clicking on an image will show a larger version, as well as the categories and description of the images (in one of a number of languages!) Clicking on a profile will show the image(s) uploaded by that photographer and other relevant information. Those who submitted work run the gamut from the very old to the very young, of every ethnicity, income bracket, etc. And their images are all personal glimpses into the lives of these people. People made photographs and described moments of birth, life, death, joy, sadness, work, play, religion, the environment, concerns… the entire panopoly of events, all happening (in the annals of time) more or less simultaneously.
We’ve looked at a number of the images and several of the profiles so far, and we’re amazed both at the diversity and the closeness of the subjects. A little girl having breakfast in Portugal could be seated in the United States, and grandparents giving their grandson a bath in Japan could be doing the same in England. It shows us how incredibly diverse we are, and also how much we all share the same hopes and dreams, the same caring for each other.
P.S. You can see our May 15th contributions here: