what the 'behind the curtain' project is ...
on september 17 and 18 of the year 2000, over 150 webloggers
coordinated to photograph 24 hours in their 'normal' lives. because all
webloggers have careers in addition to our roles as webloggers, we had
to flex the time to allow everyone to pick a 24 hour period within that
original september 17/18 timespan.
but in the bigger picture, we've bypassed the publishers,
photographers, distributors. we've taken the control into our own hands
and documented ourselves. for who knows weblogging better than we?
why did everyone get together and make this project happen?
call it basic human curiousity.
we are interested in seeing how people live and work all across this
world of ours, and how internet technology fits into their daily lives.
we make a great deal of assumptions, all over the world, about how the
'other' lives and works. this is an effort to peel away the
geopolitics, stereotypes and preconceived notions ... and look at the
lives of individuals.
we also want to peek 'behind the curtain' ... the reference to 'the
wizard of oz' should be obvious. "pay no attention to that man behind
the curtain" ... but it's the wizard who is the unintended catalyst of
events. we all sit behind the curtain of our weblogs, punching keys and
pushing buttons, linking to things that have the potential to
substantially change others' lives and opinions. that's incredibly
powerful. we're all wizards, in our own right. but each wizard is
'just' a person ... and it's that person we're curious about. because
of distance, we can't all sit across from one another at a coffeeshop
somewhere and talk. this project was intended to help push that curtain
back a little, and give this phenomenon of weblogging a human face.
so, as you go through these galleries, you may wish to hum "we're off to see the wizard" ...
have fun, all of you. we certainly did.