One Man Taking One Million Photos!

All Photos: Thomas Hawk

All Photos: Thomas Hawk

Ready for another manic Monday?  I hope you all had a restful weekend!  I got a massage yesterday that was so good I proposed to the therapist.  He said yes and then asked me if I like dogs.  Seeing as I was naked on his table, I could see no way out other than to lie and say yes.  Didn’t want to burst the bubble – just when things were going so well.

I also made the happy discovery of Thomas Hawk, the self-proclaimed Human Photo Factory.  Hawk is trying to publish a library of one MILLION photos before he dies.  (He’s currently at 82,863).  His goal (which he talks about here) is to document America’s largest 100 cities – to capture a country that is quickly evolving and, in many ways, slowly disappearing.  He says of his work, “Where Sisyphus had his stone I have my camera and a bag full of lenses.”

Below are a few of my favorites (I loved the “Songs About Trains” collection), but I encourage you to check out his other Flickr sets – it’s easy to get lost in them for hours, so for a quick fix, here is a link to his most popular photos.

I really love something about the vastness of this project and admire his almost obsessive drive.  It’s like Andy Warhol said, “Don’t think about making art. Just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they’re deciding, make even more art.”

I feel guilty sometimes that I don’t take enough photos in my daily life, so I’m going to take on a bit of a challenge and try to snap at least one photo a day for the month of June starting today.  Care to take the challenge with me? Follow me over on Instagram to see what I come up with!



God is Love

Trains in Fog

Freight Trains

Western Motel


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