Remember the “a day” project that I mentioned a couple of weeks back? May 15th was chosen as a worldwide time capsule day to help capture all sorts of views of the world. Everyone can submit up to 10 photos – I ended up with a couple more so I’ll have to axe two but figured I could put them all up for now here on the blog.
A couple things…first, you’ll notice that they are all Instagrams. I contemplated carrying the full camera around but in thinking about the actual project more, I didn’t see how you could capture a time capsule element to 2012, and not have them be through instagram since it’s redefined how we take and share photos from our everyday experiences. The second thing is that the photos are for the most part, pretty mundane and that was intentional. I tried to be on the lookout for things that have become so much a part of my everyday that I rarely notice them. But at the same time, it’s possible that these things could change significantly – if the whole notion was to build a global time capsule, it occurred to me that whenever they decide to open it, that things like transporation could look different, what we wear and what we buy and how we consume it could look different, our work will be different, the work tools we use will be different, buildings will be different, technology will be different. Even something like the solar compactor that they just installed outside of my work building, which is new now, probably won’t even be given a second thought by then.
But there is one photo that’s a bit different from all of that and that’s intentional too. Saying good-bye to your child as they clutch a treasured item? I don’t think that will ever change.
Find our more about the A DAY project and see photos here .