I once mentioned the book A Day in the Life of America in a blog post, a popular book of photographs taken across the U.S. all on the same day, 5/2/86. What I didn’t mention was how much I like that concept, of recognizing all the things that can happen at the same time on one day, or at one moment. My children and I have even played a “Right Now” game a few times instead of a bedtime story, where we each take turns trying to think of something that’s no doubt happening somewhere at that very moment. “Right now, someone is waking up and starting a new job.” “Right now, someone is being born.” “Right now, someone is watching a movie…” you get the idea. It’s fun (and intriguing), because we know we’re all probably right.
Books like A Day in the Life of America also capture the beauty in the ordinary, to which I always give a big thumbs up.
So you can see why I’m excited about the One Day on Earth project, happening on 10-10-10. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s a planned “global video snapshot” of a 24-hour period on earth, with people shooting video all across the globe. Anyone can participate by heading to www.onedayonearth.org. Portions of the footage will be made into a feature-length documentary to be released next year, and all the footage will be available in an online archive. Everyone from teenagers with cell phones to Academy Award-nominated filmmakers are expected to take part (so far, it looks like about 5,000 people in the U.S. are on board). The One Day on Earth website says, “All are welcome to participate; the greater the quality and quantity of participation, the greater our impact on society.” Well, I’m not sure what kind of impact that will be—I just think it will be fascinating.
I’ve applied to be one of the participants, and am waiting to see if I get approved. In the meantime, I better re-learn how to work that family video camera again…