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This is where I live [May. 16th, 2014|01:24 am]
kyle cassidy
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I want you to photograph the things you like best about the place you live and share them with a stranger. Print them out, put them in an envelope and put them in the mail share them. And I want to help make that happen.

A few weeks ago I took a photo on the streets of Philly and it was really beautiful and I thought "wow, I can't wait to post this, it's so beautiful here where I live", and then I thought "maybe it's too beautiful, maybe I should keep this one a secret." And then I thought, "no, I should share it with one person, but I want to see what they love about where they live in return."

And that was that. So here's what I propose.

1) Take your camera, your cell phone, your whatever and take some photos, I'd say no more than five, of the place you live. Your house, your favorite street, the top of a mountain, your garden at sunset, whatever you love most about where you live (I will suggest to try and make them scenic rather than five photos of your cat or you grandmother).

2) Print them out 4x6 size and put them in an envelope.

3) Then email my assistant. Include your address and your name. (If the html link doesn't work, Carl's address is icarrykylesstuff@gmail.com)

4) Wait a day or so.

5) You'll get someone else's address mailed to you.

6) Send them your envelope. You can put a note in it if you want. Or a poem, or stay mysterious.

7) Wait a few days, checking the post-box every time the mail person comes. One day it will arrive, tear it open, look at the photos. Think about where that other person lives.

I'll send my photo of Philly to one of you.

So as not to incapacitate an already overworked assistant who's busy planning library things, I'm going to limit this to the first 100 people who sign up. After that, you're on your own.

Go. Get to work.

This is where I live.

Bored developers: If you can figure out a way to automate this w/ a web app, I'd love to talk.


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[User Picture]From: twiin
2014-05-16 03:17 am (UTC)
This is basically what the 'redditgifts' site facilitates. You could ring them up to see if the code is open source or if they'd do a photos exchange.
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[User Picture]From: themouseketeer
2014-05-16 05:57 am (UTC)
Ooh, me, me. And when I'm at my desk I'll look up a potential website that may do what you want... A secret Santa site might work.
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[User Picture]From: themouseketeer
2014-05-18 08:19 pm (UTC)

You sign up, at a certain date everyone gets swapped with everyone else, you can put your address in or secretly send a message to your picked person and get them to email it to you directly, and then send the photos.

It worked for us all at Christmas.
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[User Picture]From: lentower
2014-05-16 06:17 am (UTC)
This artist's art is encouraging this kind of exchange, one location at at time


Might be fun to get him to do a show in West Philly.
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[User Picture]From: tripleransom
2014-05-16 11:56 am (UTC)
Ooh! I'll do it! What a great idea!
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[User Picture]From: ladycelia
2014-05-16 01:14 pm (UTC)
I love this project! Just fired off the email.
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[User Picture]From: liquidmistletoe
2014-05-16 02:16 pm (UTC)
Oooh fun! I intend to participate, and get out there and shoot this weekend. Awesome idea!
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[User Picture]From: ThePublicPom
2014-05-16 02:29 pm (UTC)
I'm in.
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[User Picture]From: adam_0oo
2014-05-16 02:35 pm (UTC)
Signed up!
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2014-05-16 03:23 pm (UTC)
What's the highest number of mixers you've run simultaneously?
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[User Picture]From: chamisa
2014-05-16 04:02 pm (UTC)
Oooh, yes, please! I love getting and sending real mail, and I love this idea.
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[User Picture]From: crazylife99
2014-05-16 06:21 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun!
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[User Picture]From: pickleboot
2014-05-17 12:14 am (UTC)
i emailed, but picking just 5 is so hard. we have had pelicans, geese, ducks, and a flamingo in our backyard this week. we are on the pelican migration route, but a flamingo? that was insane! and my favorite secret places....man, there are a few. i will have keir print out a bunch and pick the best. *sigh* five. that is so limiting. i got a great shot of pelicans chasing the dogs, in my yard! how many people can say that?
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[User Picture]From: fluffydescent
2014-05-18 04:07 am (UTC)
I love the email address!
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