There’s a point when numbers get too high to comprehend and begin to lose their meaning. Last month we told you about an artist who printed every photo uploaded to Flickr in one day, the resulting over one million prints were incredibly overwhelming. If 1 million photos boggled your mind, try to wrap your brain around the concept of 7 BILLION people.
The world’s population reached that astonishing number on October 31, 2011. The New York Times asked readers around the world to submit their images in the days that followed this milestone, and dug through 1,000 submissions to weave together the 400-image “visual time capsule.”
It’s easy to lose yourself in the images, but not because they overwhelm the viewer with quantity. Like all good photographs, each image rejoices in the small, the grand, the shocking, and the touching, moments of life that all 7 billion people have in common.