Saturday, December 15, 2012
Book Review - A Day in the World
One Day—millions of perspectives. On May 15, 2012, people from around the globe will pick up their cameras to record their lives, A Day in the World will be the result. Professionals and amateur shutterbugs alike are featured in this beautiful edition, the most comprehensive photographic documentation of daily life ever made. Tribal areas and urban sprawl, intimate portraits and riotous events, A Day in the World captures a global scope with the candor only a photograph can capture.
The book was the brainchild of the movement Aday.org, a unique project that celebrates the power of photography to encourage cultural understanding. Based on the philosophy that everyone’s life matters, contributors come from areas as varied as the Earth itself—farmers, fishermen, office workers, and award-winning photo-journalists. Harnessing the reach of the Web, an interactive site was the hub for the project, and then the best 1000 images were selected by an international jury. Ultimately, A Day in the World is not only an around-the-globe ticket for the armchair traveler—it is an invaluable record of the people on our planet, sure to spark reflections on humankind for generations to come.
A Day in the World launches from Aday.org, a branch of the foundation Expressions of Humankind. The foundation’s council includes Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson, singer/songwriter Robyn, and a host of other luminaries and advocates for the project.
My Take on the Book
Sometimes what you see everyday becomes the world around you and it is hard to see and understand that there is so much more to our world. This book opens your eyes to the vast diversity that surrounds our world. I went though this book with my eldest daughter and it was so much fun to see her eyes light up as we looked at this book, and it opened a door for her to ask questions about the world that she saw in the book, and allowed us both to look further into the world beyond the book too (as we jumped on the internet and Google Earth to check out some things).
What was fun though was that we went back through the book a few days later and she pointed out some thing that I had not seen before. This is the type of book that this is, it will keep pushing you to explore and learn more, and I for one was impressed with what it offered. No longer will my daughter look at the world as only from our small community, but the world has been opened to her (even more than it had been in the past) and I am thankful for this book for encouraging this.
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