The One Hundred Picture Project

December 14, 2010

OVERHEARD AT THE SNOWBALL:  “High heels were DEFINITELY invented by a man.” (Truth be told, I can’t remember if I said this, or the girl I was talking to said it.)

I have an idea.

It’s a little idea, and a big one too.  The kind of idea that can grow into something huge, something Facebook-huge.  It could grow into the biggest thing since, well, Facebook.

Or not.

It could be a stupid idea, one that dies with the first comment to this Glog (and, by the way, please comment so I know you are reading this- I am keeping a running tab of comments, and I am beating Annie’s comments 8-0 as of today).  Or even worse:

Someone else might have had this idea already and I don’t know it.

Right now, I don’t care either way.  I believe that I’m the first guy to come up with this, and I think it’s a good idea right now.  And as George Costanza said to Jerry during episode 14, Season 6 of Seinfeld, “Remember Jerry, it’s not a lie if you believe it.

So this is my idea, no lie.  Let me know what you think of it.

Huh?  Oh, right, the IDEA.  It goes like this (background story needed):  I was looking through some photos of our year in Spain, and I realized just how many pictures one needs to see in order to get an idea of what a place is really like.  So then I started thinking about what I would take pictures of in order to really describe what Bethel means to me.  I mean, Bethel is Paradise Hill, and Gould, and the guy that comes by and lets his dog poop on our yard every day.  But Bethel is also the “Laundramat” and Songo Pond and all of those silly parking spaces and lighted roads around the movie theater.  Bethel is sooooo many things, and how many pictures would it take to show all of that?  So I did what I always do when I have an idea and can’t come to a good conclusion or resolution:

I eat a whole bunch of Jelly Beans and shoot baskets on the Fisher Price hoop in my classroom.

And then, in my sugar-filled-Kevin-Garnett-fantasy-shootaround, it hit me.  It isn’t the number of pictures, it’s having a cool name!  Really, what if Mark Zuckerberg decided to create a network of all his friends and family and classmates, and called it “My-Little-Network.com”, or even just “NetworkOfAllMyFriendsAndFamilyAndClassmates.com?”  Honestly, who would bother to join?  So I spent the next several seconds trying ot come up with a name that would work, and here it is:  Yahoo.com.

Oh, wait….

Actually, the name I settled on is the One Hundred Picture Project.  I even went online (like I am now) to check the availability of the web domain “100pictureproject.com”.  It’s available.

Just imagine:  People all over the world, sharing 100 photos of where they are from with all sorts of other people.  Wouldn’t that be cool?

Now all I need is someone who knows how to set up a network.

And a corporate sponsor or venture capitalist to give me a shmoogly-googly-gillion dollars to develop it.

Here’s my first picture of Bethel (for all my friends in Spain who love the idea of yellow school buses):

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2 Responses

  1. Avatar Chad says:

    Jefe- This is an amazing idea. I would find it really interesting because you could get an entirely different impressions (namely the photographers) of one place, given entirely on how and what they photograph. It would also be really cool to see what people use to define an essence of where they are from, and how they interpret it through a camera lens.
    I like it a lot.
    — Chad

  2. Avatar Jefe says:

    Thanks, Chad. Maybe you can come up here and drive around with me to take the pics!

    I hope all is well, Merry Christmas to you and your family. Tell them I said hi!

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