Eight days ago I said something about the first two works that would be coming out of The 10,000 Days Project: an anthology of profiles written by me over the last 35 years and a book of photography. Add a third project, one I started in a loose way about three years ago when I started making iPhone images of notices posted by people searching for lost pets. As someone who is totally nuts for a pair of cats, I found these notices poignant and sad and imbued with stories that can be sensed in the wording and the pets' names. Sometimes I noticed a narrative as a series of pleas would appear from increasingly desperate owners.
So now I'm thinking it's time to begin gathering these images and thinking about how they might be assembled. I'll need more photos, and I see an essay going along with them, and I'm thinking of calling some of the numbers on the placards to see how the story turned out.
It's also occurred to me that I could put out a request for people to collect similar images from their neighborhoods and send them to me. Not sure about that yet and I'd welcome any ideas you might have—put them in comments.
Meanwhile, keep an eye out for lost critters wherever you live and work.
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