1000 blank journals are passed from hand to hand throughout the world, collecting stories, pictures, collages — slices of the lives they touch. One came back, filled. Where are the other 999? 1000 Journals investigates their worldwide journeys, and chronicles the self-governed collaboration of thousands of random people who added to this global “message in a bottle.”
I have one of the published versions of the journals. In person they capture so many aspects of human life. Some entries were deeply personal and sad. Others hilarious or intensely creative. Others touching.
In one entry the writer tells a crazy story about an epic adventure on a canal with otherwise normal surroundings, making the small details we might not pass on a local river a place of magic, in others people tell secrets. One that struck me, I don’t know what was of a a couple who, seeing they were being watched by the writer of note, walked up to him, silently handed him the journal and walked away laughing to each-other.
Most striking however, is that it was a collaboration by people who didn’t know each other. People who collectively, and on their own, created an artifact that is collection of moments, feelings, ideas; a time-capsule in the most authentic form.