Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Background for those new to the "Project"

Some back ground from Jeremy's original post on his bike blog.

"Well, it's not my idea, just one that I would like to relay to all you who ride and blog and take pictures. Here it is:

A picture an hour, for 12 hours, from people all over the place. Many of you know that this comes right from FGG and their 24hrs of Fixed Gear Gallery Forum. They did a project where different people would take pictures of their day one hour apart. Regardless of whether or not it was about bikes. Just a series of pictures to share little parts of your day. I was thinking if we could band together and pick a date in the future, giving ourselves enough time to get as many people in on it as possible, and even set up a designated blog where people could upload their photos. We could have as many contributors as possible. I've met several bloggers, many other bloggers have met or already know other bloggers, and if we could get them all involved, we could get a pretty neat project on the go.

I think it would be really cool to have a blog that you could go to and see what November 20th (arbitrarily) would look like from 8am to 8pm (arbitrarily) from places all across North America.
The more people could get together on this, the better. While there are some logistics to work out I think it could be pretty neat.

Some of the logistics I am thinking about would be this: If we could get all those interested as members of a shared blog - 12 Hours in Photos - (I've named one, but if we didn't use that one my feeling wouldn't be hurt) so that after the pictures have been taken, we can all upload them and have them there. We should come up with some protocols on how they are labeled (probably your name and where you are from as the title?) and limit the verbage. Actually I think for it to be a true photo project, we should not have any verbage. Simply 12 pictures at as close to 1 hour intervals as you can do. Be creative. If you're sitting at your desk, take a picture of your desk, or an object on your desk, or the view from your window in a creative manner. Great examples are over at the FGG. One important rule, keep it clean. No sick or perverted pics. This is something that I would like everyone to be able to enjoy.

What do you all think? If someone out there has a burning desire to manage this (set up the blog, make sure all who want in are sent invitations to be team members of the blog, etc, let me know. Even in my own little bloggy world I can think of people who I'd love to see their pictures; Doug, Vik, Jeff, Smudgemo,Tim, Rigtenzin, the ever hiding Jim Thill, Jeff, Steve and the list goes on and on.

I certainly don't mind managing it and if you're in, you can email me at I'll send an invite and make you a member. Put in the subject field of your email "12hrs"

Would this be something better done with something like a flickr feed? The thing I like about a blog is that they will all be on one page.

Anyway, I was just throwing this idea out there and would like to see what yall think. No date in mind, no times in mind, really not much other then a skeletal outline of an idea. Let me know your thoughts and spread the word around. This might just turn into something cool.



Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Down Low

Hello Everyone. First of all, thanks so much for your willingness to get involved. I think that we are going to make something pretty cool here. Based on the feedback I've received, here is was I've come up with as an outline for the project. Please comment if you agree or disagree with the outline below, or if the date simply doesn't work for you. Many of you know that scheduling meetings is pretty complicated sometimes, as we've all got busy, busy schedules, but here's to hoping that it will work out for all.

  • Date: Friday December 12th, 2008.
  • Time: 8am, to 8pm (your local timezone) every hour on the hour (or as close as possible)
  • Name your post your name and where you are from. IE mine will be: Jerome, Rockyford Alberta Canada.
  • Picture title: This will be the caption above each picture. Include in it the time, and the subject of the photo. (i.e. 8am, sunrise over a wheat field) or something along those lines. I think it would be best if we keep the caption above the photo it belongs to, that way the whole page will read the same.
  • Timeline: This is one that I think there was some confusion on. Basically, the pictures should be taken at 1 hour intervals as close to the hour as possible. Uploading the pictures though can all be done at once when your schedule allows. Try to get your post up within a few days, but even if the procrastinators (myself at least) take up to a week, that's fine also. You do not have to take the picture, and then quickly upload it to the blog. That would be pretty demanding and frankly I think most of us wouldn't be able to do that. This will also allow you to take several photos for each hour marker, and choose the one you think is best.
  • Photo Editing: here's where we might not all see the same. I personally think we should be able to edit the photos to our desired taste. This isn't a photo competition, rather an artistic rendering based on the artists eye. Sometimes an edited photo captures better what was felt at the time the photo was take than an un-edited photo does.
  • Subject: this is yours to impress us with. Nothing in poor taste, but anything at all. Be it a picture of your mug of morning coffee, or a business meeting, or your desk, biking, painting, dancing, driving, curling (ha ha) or whatever. Your room, your dinner table, you favorite sofa. The key is to take a picture that is the best representation that you can express of what your world is like at that moment. What is important to you. I have house that I drive by everyday on the way to work (to early to meet the criteria and too dark also) and I stare at it. It looks so warm and cozy. It looks like a home. I think of the great place that I live in every morning because of that house. It reminds me I'm safe and free. To me, 6:30 in the morning would be best described by a photo of that house. Hopefully that conveys the goal we are shooting for. Having said all that; do whatever you want. That is the beauty of art, and hopefully I haven't limited it already with these simple objectives. This is yours for us to enjoy. Cheers.