Two weekends ago, the New York Times ran an experiment that might sound familiar to market researchers out there.  Essentially they asked their readers to take a picture that represented the moment at 11am Sunday. The results are now available for browsing via the Times’ Lens blog. This experiment in self ethnography is interesting. I think the editors were disappointed that there were so many pictures of children and dogs (often in combination) uploaded. As you spin the globe and browse the images from all over the world, you get a sense of what the photographers’ priorities were.  As I browsed some of the photographs captured on the east coast of the US, I got a sense that family and spring were the dominant themes.

What’s really interesting is how, with minimal instruction, so many people uploaded similar images.