The 1000 Journals Project is an ongoing collaborative experiment attempting to follow 1000 journals throughout their travels. The goal is to provide a method for interaction and shared creativity among friends and strangers.
Those who find the journals add something to them. A story, drawing, photograph, anything really.
Then they pass the journal along, to a friend or stranger, and the adventure continues.
How It Started
I’ve always been fascinated by what people scrawl on bathroom walls and in public spaces. I had been taking photographs of this writing for years, and wanted to put together a book. It seemed appropriate to encourage readers to become contributors, and join the conversation by writing in the actual book. From there, I decided that a blank book might be more fun… especially one that traveled around, to gather a variety of thoughts and opinions. And then, why not 1000 of them? It’s such an absurd number.
The project officially launched in August of 2000, with the release of the first 100 journals in San Francisco. I gave them to friends, and left them at bars, cafes, and on park benches. Shortly thereafter, people began emailing me, asking if they could participate. So I started sending journals to folks, allowing them to share with friends, or strangers. It’s been a roller coaster ever since.
The problem when there are only 1000 of them, you’ve got a better chance of winning the lottery, then of getting a hold of a journal. Now, you’re best bet is to check out 1001 Journals where you can sign up for a journal, or launch your own traveling, location, or personal journals.