PORTLAND – On July 15, 1983, more than 90 photographers across the state documented “one average day” in Oregon for a collaborative effort called Project Dayshoot. The project was turned into a book called One Average Day.
On Monday, hundreds of professional and amateur photographers, including many original participants, re-created Project Dayshoot to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
The 2013 effort was named Project Dayshoot+30. Brian Burk, an amateur photographer and University of Oregon graduate student, organized the 30th anniversary of the project.
“This project is important because it captures the whole state as it exists on one day in 2013,” Burk said. “We’re making a time capsule. Things that seem ordinary or mundane today will gain significance over time.”
Governor John Kitzhaber declared July 15 Oregon Journalism Day to celebrate the anniversary of the original Project Dayshoot.
Project Dayshoot+30 will also be turned into a book, a physical exhibit as part of the permanent collection of the Oregon Historical Society.
Project Dayshoot+30 will accept photographs and short video submissions.
The project took place from midnight to midnight on July 15. Anyone who would like to participate in the project can do so through social media by posting pictures to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #dayshoot30.
To view a gallery of photographs from the original project, click here.