Crowd Sourced Visual History/Story of Grand Rapids (or any city)
Historically the GR Press has been the source for capturing the day to day history of the city.
Most of what the press captures is written stories…resources and the print medium limits visuals.
There is a limited amount of visual history of the city captured, which is frustrating b/c the city is a living being constantly changing, constantly in flux.
Today there are over 270 million cell phones in the US, 90% of those have a camera. Those cameras get used like crazy…there have been over 10 billion photos uploaded to facebook. 2-3 terabytes of photos are uploaded every day. Those cameras are being used!
Photographs are a powerful medium. They evoke emotion, record history, they are a window into our lives, they tell stories. There is strong desire in all of us to view and share photographs. Facebook is proof of that. Why are we limiting the story of our city to mostly written words and minimal pictures?
Let’s put all of those cameras to use for our city. Let’s crowd source a visual diary of Grand Rapids!
It’s like a living time capsule for the digital age…
These cell phone cameras offer a great opportunity. They offer a nearly endless supply of photographers who are willing, able and connected.
Imagine archives of photos of people, streets, building, city events, holiday celebrations, construction projects, sporting events, what rolled off of the production line, what is being sold at a retail shop, and so much more…all visually documented by the public and uploaded to a website database. It would create a searchable visual diary of the city of Grand Rapids.
Imagine searching for a specific day in history and receiving a flood of images documenting that day! How cool would it be to instantly turn back the clock and see our community 5, 10, 20 years ago?
We could partner with the GRPM to help archive and filter the photos.
Facebook captures the story of an individual. Let’s capture the story of a community. Help us document Grand Rapids legacy for future generations!