Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Minute In The Life: Take 2

3 years ago Clint and I and several other friends participated in a project called A Minute In The Life, a project dreamed up by one Mr. Martin Locraft. He could tell it better, I'm sure, but he had this ingenius idea to see how many people he could get to submit a photo taken in the very same minute across the world. 2:00 Eastern Time, U.S.A.

One idea, lots of "spread the word," and he pulled it off, baby. The 2007 photos were compiled on a website, and eventually, with permission of anyone that submitted a photo, into a book. I ordered a copy for one of Clint's Christmas presents.

Play along with us for Volume II, won't you?

Wherever you are in the world
at 2:00 P.M.  Eastern time
Saturday, March 20, 2010

(1) Take a photo of where you are, what you're doing, what you see.
Don't set it up, just set your alarm and snap the shot.
(2) Turn completely around and take another photo of what's behind you.
(3) Send your photos to

Then check out the website, to see what the rest of the world was doing the very minute that you took yours.

I have a lot of friends placed around this country and around this world, and I'm already fascinated, wondering about the possible submissions: Hollywood, New York City, England, India, Iraq, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Australia. Bring it, friends!

Keep in mind that this is the same MINUTE for everyone in the world, so 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, will be 1:00 for us midwesterners, and 11:00 a.m. for California folk. Brian & Co. in Iraq will have to take theirs at 9:00 p.m. There's a time zone converter here and at the AMITL website.

I hope you play along.

A sidenote on the last project: I didn't realize at the time how sentimental this one would turn out to be for me. It was a bit of fun, that's all.

Looking back, though...I'd just started communicating with Clint, and we were friends, but by no means yet an "item." I was, on that particular day, driving my Mom to St. Louis, to visit my sister at Barnes Hospital, after surgery. She had just found out that her cancer had returned, and this was the first surgical attempt to remove it.

I met Tim and the kids at their hotel, with a cooler full of lunch-type foods and snacks to hold them over during down-time. The photo of this hotel maid (right) was the one I ended up submitting:

While I ran outside for my shot, niece Brandi grabbed this one, on the left:

She's in the mirror; there's the cooler full of deli meats and salad we brought along.

And Clint, at home, on duty, and sending me text messages to look for a blond in a black car that might be his daughter that I had not yet met, played along also:

These photos, they are not spectacular. They are not creative, or poised. They are one minute in our lives, and one I most certainly wouldn't have remembered, if not for this project.

Game on, people. Who's with me?


  1. I did this too and saw mine in his online book .... but where did you purchase your book?

    Indeed, the photos you 3 took, captured memories you'd probably not have recalled with such detail =)

  2. 2:00 AM or 2:00 PM

  3. Nancy, I did take photos of your page and all of the other people I knew, but then got cold feet about posting last names without permissions.

    I bought the book through website. It was a tad pricy as it was self-published and not mass-produced, but still fun to have.

    Jazz: PM. I corrected that on the post, thanks.

  4. Anonymous7:49 PM

    2:00 Eastern time Saturday will be the start of my baby girls first birthday party! I'll try my best to remember!

  5. I did it too and it was fun. Kind of felt pressured to take a photo of something moving, but in the end it was of the dog.

  6. I'll try to remember. It sounds fun.

  7. How cool! My babies, Lionel and Daisy, are in your book. :) Don't know if I'll be participating today or not. Depends on where I am getting ready for my book signing (oooo ~ I still love the way that sounds!).

  8. Thanks for posting the picture of what my page looks like. I wanted the book but didn't have the money to buy it. And haven't remembered to look at it sometime while at your place.


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