The Birthday Project

Guys, I need your help. I’ve come up with this lovely idea that I’m really excited about. And I’ve decided to make up a pretend dialog to explain it to you. (I’m being silly because it’s 2.30 am and I’m really tired. So please bear with me!)Balloon Girl by Jek in the Box on Flickr

Great, so what is the big idea? I want to create this really beautiful birthday calendar with pictures of 365 people, one for each day.

Ok? So what can I do to help? On the day of you birthday, you will find a public photo booth and take a set of pictures of yourself.

Sounds easy enough, is that all? Well yes, it’s quite simple really. You, in a booth, on your birthday.

What do I do whith the photos I’ve taken? You’ll put them in an envelope, together with your name, birthday and postal address (for the thank you note) and send them to me, easy peasy (you’ll find the address below).

Do you want me to do anything special in the pictures, wear a sombrero? What you make of it is up to you, as long as it reflects your personality.

So I can do whatever I want with it? Yes that’s the idea. Keep it simple, be creative. Do black/white or full color. Be mysterious and lonely or bring your entire birthday party.

Anything else I need to know? Yes this is the IMPORTANT part: ONE of the 4 photos has to be of you ALONE, i.e. you may include your mom, your dog, your best friends, a complete stranger, the mail man, your sweet heart, a homeless person, your neighbor etc. in 3 OUT OF 4 photos, but I want at least ONE photo with NO ONE BUT YOU in the frame.

What if I’m rrrreally broke and can’t afford to use the photobooth, but still want to be part of the project? Send me an email and we will figure something out.

What will happen then? By sending me your photo booth portraits you agree to give me the full rights to publish/exhibit them in any shape or form, digital or printed, free of charge. I in return promise to keep all submitted photos unaltered, apart from the regular photo processing adjustments (i.e. tinting, saturation, contrasts, resizing, cropping etc.). You also agree that your birthday, first name and location may be published together with your picture. (Please let me know if you for some reason do not want me to publish that information).

That sounded a bit like legal mumbo jumbo to me. It just means I will not give you any money for your photos or your participation and that you agree to let me use your photo for anything “Birthday Project” related.

Day 222 - Pono's Photo Booth by lintmachineWhat if I want a copy of my own photo? You are welcome to keep a copy of your photos for your own use (I will also be able to send you a digital scan if you can’t do it yourself). I will however need the original photo for the project.

What if I want a copy of the finished Birthday Calendar? Once it’s done you will be able to purchase the Birthday Calendar for the production price. All submitters to the Birthday Project will receive a limited edition thank you card with a personal greeting, regardless of purchase.

Is there anything else I can do? Since the project is self funded I welcome all donations big or small to pay for photo booth fees and shipment, as well as the production of the book/calendar or prints. Please email me for Bank information.

What if I’m totally confused and need more information? Please feel free to email me with all your questions.

Great I’m in. Thank you very much.

Oh, wait. My birthday is in 8 month, I’m sure to forget about this until then, what do I do? Email me with your birth date and I’ll remind you a week before the big day.

This is where the photos go -> Laura Kiralfy, Husumgade 27, 4., 2200 København N, Denmark

Photos used on this page by Jek in the Box and lintmachine on Flickr – some rights reserved

So tell me, what do you think?

EDIT April 24: First photos in!

4 thoughts on “The Birthday Project

  1. Henriette says:

    Am in!
    Remind me!
    Will try to persuade future husband 😉

  2. allanwith says:

    What a cool idea! What if several people have a birthday on the same date? And what dates do you still need?

  3. Laura says:

    That’s not a problem, several people can occupy the same date! I’ll take them all! 😉

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