Friday, January 25, 2008

AT&T Is Copying Our Ideas

You may have noticed a recent AT&T commercial in which a dad, traveling on busines, takes pictures of his daughter's stuffed animal in various locations around the country and shares those images with his family back home.

That's hardly original. Complementary Spouse Britt Shirley and I have been taking pictures of our stuffed elephant Daal in front of different landmarks around the world for years, starting with a single snapshot at the Getty Center in Los Angeles on January 10, 2004.

Some examples:

Stonehenge

Checkpoint Charlie

Sydney

Charles Bridge

You'll find the Wandering Elephant Project, now encompassing 89 pictures on three continents, here. Each picture is pinpointed on a world map.

I was inspired to start taking pictures of Daal by the film Amélie. In the film, the main character kidnaps her father's garden gnome (perhaps gnomenaps would be a more appropriate word?) and arranges to have it photographed in front of landmarks in New York and Moscow.

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