It started many years ago when taking a picture was all about “film”. 100 photographers in the USA were asked to take pictures in each State during a week. That is why it was called USA 24/7: photos taken at any hour during 7 weeks.
Then Internet and digital photography became mass market and America 24/7 was opened up to the public. Anyone could take pictures over that specific week and send them to a central place where theory were analyzed and a few selected to be published in a book. In the week of May 12-18, 2003, tens of thousands of Americans took shots of what they considered highlights of daily life and generated some 2 TB of pictures. An amazing volume of storage at that time, and an amazing amount of transmission over the Internet.
Out of that a book was created and you can still get it on Amazon.
Now it is ADay in the world, a testimony of the spread of Internet and digital cameras all over the world.
Capture daily life on May 15th 2012
On this one single day we ask you to pick up your camera and help us photograph daily life. What is close to you? What matters to you? We will connect your images to images from all around the world, creating a unique online experience where photographs will be shared, compared and explored. Your view on life will be preserved to inspire generations to come.
On May 15th, as you see on the clip I cut from the ADay website, you can take a picture with your camera and send it to the organizers. How many people will do that? A million? I think it will be more, will see what the statistics will be on May 16th.
However, even a million snapshots makes for some 5TB, considering a mix of photos taken with a reflex camera, more likely to be used by people that aim for nice pictures…, and pictures taken with cell phones. By the way, I hope the organizers will publish also the statistics about the “tool” chosen for taking the pictures.
What is of interest to me is the possibility to cluster and involve all people of the world in a task. Communications and the Web have changed our social relationships, as I mentioned two days ago they have warped space and time.
Studies on collective intelligence as well as those on autonomic systems are pointing to a yet to be explored wold of knowledge and possibilities. The GAIA paradigm so far applied to ecology will be extended to include the GAIA of minds and I find this particularly fascinating.