May 11, 2010
It's been anticipated pretty highly over the last month or so, but the waiting's here--the "Moment in Time" multimedia feature is now available on the New York Times website. It's a global mosaic, a look at what was going on in the world all at one moment. People sent in pictures they took at the given time (15:00 U.T.C. on May 2, which was 10 a.m. in Southern Pines), and the pictures were added to a globe that features photos from all different countries.
Perhaps what's most interesting about the project beside that it's theoretically the capturing of millions of simultaneous moments around the world is that it reminds you that people are similar the world over. Take a look at photos from Saudi Arabia. Or maybe Iraq, or Pakistan. These aren't the photos you typically see from those countries by photojournalists covering the hardships around the world. These are just everyday people taking photos of their lives at the moment.
It's worth a look, though, undoubtedly. Like it says as it's loading, "Make no plans for the rest of the day."