A Moment in Time – by James Estrin, LENS

James Estrin is a senior staff photographer for the New York Times and is co-editor of the Lens Blog. He is coordinating a world-wide photography project and has written a letter to all of you, fellow Photo Brigade readers, hoping you all will participate.

Dear Photo Brigade,

On behalf of the New York Times photography blog Lens,  I would like to invite you  to join us in a project called A Moment in Time. Thousands of photographers of all experience levels will be capturing the same moment on Sunday May 2nd at 15:00 G.M.T., (U.T.C.). That’s  8 A.M. Los Angeles, 11 A.M. in New York and Santo Domingo, 4 P.M. in Algiers and London, 7 P.M in Moscow and 11 P.M. in Beijing.

While everyone is invited we are particularly encouraging photography students. We hope this is a first step in trying to connect photographers around the world.

We are asking participants to think about where they will want to be and what they will focus on. Consider how to represent yourself, and your community, with one image.

To start the thinking process and to act as guides, we are suggesting the following categories for images:

  • Community
  • Nature/ Environment
  • Family
  • Work
  • Play
  • Arts
  • Religion
  • Social Issues
  • Relationship

After you take your photos, send in your best image as soon as possible. The link will go live that morning to a simple Web form. You will be asked to categorize your photos by location and subject and to include a caption that helps tell the story. Photos will very quickly appear on the Lens Blog, and on The New York Times Web site. Your photo will appear in our A Moment in Time Web display, and may also be spotlighted in a Lens Blog post. Please feel free to contact me with any comments or suggestions, and thank you in advance. The project will be greatly enriched with your help.

Check the Lens Blog for more information about a Moment in Time .  You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates on A Moment in Time. There is also a Moment in Time Facebook event invite.

James Estrin

Don’t miss the moment: Sunday, May 2nd at 15:00 G.M.T.!

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One Response to “A Moment in Time – by James Estrin, LENS”

  1. Hi James
    I hope you won’t mind my posting your ‘Moment in Time’ Earth image on my blog with a link to the NYTimes LENS page as well as to your site, the photo brigade? I’ve just seen that the image has a ‘may be subject to copyright’ comment beside it on the Google search page so thought it best to run this past you. If you’d rather I remove it, please let me know and I will do so immediately.
    The ‘Moment in time’ project is marvelous. Hats off to all of you for orchestrating this mammoth composition.
    All best wishes to you
    Claire Beynon (New Zealand)