History: It's something that we look back on in textbooks and in photographs. We watch videos and listen to narrators describe someone else's account of what happened, never realizing that history is happening around us every day. It's when we go out and experience history as it's happening that we create memories.
There will come a day in the near future when we'll refer to 70 California state parks in terms of historical importance. We'll turn to our children when passing by a boarded up building tagged with graffiti or a litter strewn, locked gate and say, "That used to be a park." Then you'll think to yourself about how you'd always meant to go, to have taken a day to learn the site's history, to breathe in the fresh air, to simply create memories not governed by a narrator's interpretation.
70in70 is an attempt to create memories before history outpaces us: 70 state parks are slated for closure this year, and we intend to visit each one within the next 70 days.
What exactly is this project? Is it journalism, art, landscapes, documentary, nature photography, activism? To be honest, I'm not really sure. I've been trying to quantify it, to organize and define it; but in the same way we can't tell the story of history until after it has taken place, I don't think I can label this until it's done.
The only guideline is this: 70 closing state parks in 70 days, from one end of the state to the other. The goal is to post one park a day. There might be words, there might not. Portraits of those affected? Who knows. Interviews? Could be. Lots of photographs? Definitely.