Message in a bottle: The Mirror Project
A long time ago, when the web was younger, when home pages were what we made, people would send me 300 pixel photos that were woven in to a hand coded, frames based site called Friends of Jezebel’s Mirror (FOJM). It was an adjunct site to my own collection of self-portraiture, something that I had begun while back in art school. It was 1999 and I was thrilled that people from all around the world would share their photos with me.
Derek Powazek gifted me the mirrorproject.com domain at the end of 2000 and Aaron Straup Cope spent the next few months coding up something wonderful. In June 2001, FOJM relaunched as the Mirror Project and grew to 33,928 strong before The Great Disaster in 2006.
Aaron and I would speak of bringing the site back from time to time, usually around a bottle or three of good wine. I was the one who was hesitant. So much had changed and the web now is a very different place than it was then. Blah blah blah. I finally got over myself and Aaron has been painstakingly rebuilding the site from backups. Geo-dork that he is, he’s included something new — “places“.
The Mirror Project is a time capsule. We’re currently not accepting submissions, but that may be only a matter of time and wine.