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Mad Group Art Project!

Today in my RSS feed, I noticed that one of my favorite non-skeptic sites, CottonBabies a cloth diapering store and blog, is asking their readers to participate in a photo project for the month of May. I thought it was a cool idea, so I asked the other MALabbers, and they thought it was a cool idea. So we’re stealing it. Because that’s what you do with great ideas. You steal them. And turn them into art.

The project is to take a picture based on a single-word topic every day. We will give you the word, then you post your photo, and it’s all beautiful! You can check in every morning, and I’ll have the word of the day posted. You can tweet us your photos using #MadPicLab, tag them in Flickr, post them to our FB page  (edit: link fixed) (you “liked” us already, right?). I will be submitting photography that’s not really what most professionals, or sighted people, would describe as “good” so don’t be afraid to submit even if you’re just an amateur using your phone. The only rules are that the photo has to be yours, as in you took the picture, and that they’re relevant to the word.

To get things started, today’s word is “Spectrum”. I know it’s late in the day, but I bet you talented mofos can get some great photos in today. (EDIT: My submission for today, after the jump)

And here’s the entire list, with corresponding dates, so you can plan ahead. I’m really looking forward to your submissions!


  1. Spectrum
  2. Element
  3. Paint
  4. Patina
  5. Dancing
  6. Bristle
  7. Lemons
  8. Kinetic
  9. Conductor
  10. Noise
  11. Micro
  12. Macro
  13. Test
  14. Surly
  15. Experiment
  16. Armor
  17. Cereal
  18. Dilution
  19. Happy Mouth
  20. Universe
  21. Higgs Boson
  22. Font
  23. Candy
  24. Poetry
  25. Rats
  26. Vibrations
  27. Lurkers
  28. Paper dolls
  29. Apple Pie
  30. Hats
  31. Mad Artist

My “Spectrum”:

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  1. May 1, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    This is such a fun idea. Everyone should participate!
    I just posted my Spectrum on Twitter. #MadPicLab

  2. May 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Great photo!

  3. May 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Also, I am SO glad Johnny’s car is an Element. 😉

  4. May 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    When I click on the facebook link I get an error. 🙁

  5. May 1, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Love this idea! I’m on it.

  6. May 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    The hashtag is getting going!


  7. May 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Amy, I hope Johnny’s Element isn’t brown like ours 😀 Cause darn it, that was the first thing I thought of!

  8. May 2, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Damn, Amy, I was going to use that joke!

  9. May 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Do submissions have to be photographic? Or can they be drawn?

  10. May 2, 2012 at 10:14 am


    Rule 1: It’s a photograph
    Rule 2: Everyone is given license to interpret or break rules as necessary to create art.

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