For those of you coming to this site for the first time, or by mistake or lured here by some tantalising external connection, here is the premise:
The 1001 Days Project is an attempt to celebrate London and its people in an ambitiously grand scale presentation manifesting itself in two distinctly differing formats whilst using the same visual material. 1001 photographs have been selected from an archive of over 120,000 b/w negatives covering 15 years since the start of the Millennium, each image representing one specific day.
Out in the real world there is an exhibition showing all 1001 pictures together in a single venue. Meanwhile, here in Cybertown, just one image from the presentation is featured in a daily blog (1001 Days), eventually taking 2.75 years to complete.
The exhibition of 1001 photographs, which, from its official launch in March 2016, will appear on various occasions at various places and in various forms during the subsequent two & three quarter years, will be presented with no information about any of the images apart from the date the photo was taken.
This is partly because it’s often irritating to find yourself in a gallery, only to have your view of the art partially obscured by people dutifully reading the block of information beside it, whether their enjoyment of that particular artwork is enhanced or not. It also looks much neater like this.
The decision to put this information on a daily blog instead has a number of advantages: it gives me the opportunity to tell the story relating to each image in as much or as little detail as I see fit; it allows me to link to relevant organisations or websites associated with any particular event which might add to the understanding of the image, and, if I feel up to it, I can add other images from that or any other events taking part that day that I’d not been able to include in the exhibition (under the ‘1 picture for 1 day’ rule). And nobody’s view gets blocked.
As with the presentation of the exhibition images, the images for the blog posts are selected randomly, using state-of-the-art cutting edge technology (a very rusty Fillerys Kay Kay Toffee and Chocolate Assortment Tin – to use its technical term), into which 1001 After Eight size copies of the images have been deposited, one of which is Lucky-Dipped daily for the blog.