We have received almost 100.000 pictures from 165 countries. 80 per cent of the images were shot in people’s homes and more than 52 per cent of the participants were women. Thousands of pictures show those elements of daily life which we seldom bother to document; laundry, dishes, details in our homes, chores we hate doing and others which bring us together.
In addition to making your own searches, we have prepared a number of selections out of some of the categories [add link to categories page] that stood out in this project. The individual photos gain significance when seen in context, all adding different perspectives on the same theme.
We seldom reflect on the tools that surround us and which say much about our time. As new technology emerges, the tools we use to carry out our work evolve and change. The use of mobile phones is increasing all over the world, robots help (or replace) humans in factories and an Internet connection lets you reach the world at your fingertips. Old tools and crafts still exist; in some countries due to poverty, while in others handmade objects are a sign of luxury.
In the "My Wall" category, we are invited into the homes of the participants to see how they decorate their rooms. What we hang on our walls – family photos, posters, expensive art, souvenirs, religious artifacts – becomes a display of identity.
What we eat, how we prepare, share and store our food is a marker of culture. Some people have never cooked a single dish in their life, housewives put food on the table for their families. Others can't even afford to eat. Religion, tradition and habits all have influence on what we eat and how we interact around food.
The photos in the "Generations" category depict the joys of being surrounded by children, and also the care and respect we feel for elderly people that have been there for us throughout our lives. Love and fear of loss go hand in hand.
No matter how big or small a home is, this is where we begin and end our days, where chores are carried out and where family and friends come together. The selection from the "My Room" category lets us have a glimpse of the privacy of the homes of the participants and many carry intimate stories.
Countries: Bangladesh and Portugal
By viewing these two country profiles you get an impressive glimpse of life in Portugal and in Bangladesh. The participant motivation and the photographic quality were surprisingly high in both countries.