The 50 Paces Project

I am creating an for my father by taking photos of interesting places and things every 50 paces from my home.

By inviting friends, family and strangers to participate via I hope to have a fascinating set of photos for the installation.

You can participate, by submitting your own photos to the .  Just step out your door, walk , and take a photo of something cool and interesting that you see. Walk another ,and do it again.  Repeat all the way to from your door. 

I’ve set up a group to collect the photos, .  If you aren’t already a member, you can join easily if you have a Yahoo ID… and almost as easily if you don’t (by creating a Yahoo ID which is free and requires no maintenance.)

The 50 Paces Project Installation

In early January, I will collect and print the photos submitted to this group, laminate them and they will be hung on trees embedded in the river ice every . Photos will be hung on the corresponding tree – i.e. the “” photos will be on the tree onto the river. The “1000 paces” photos will be on the tree mid-river at 1000 paces.

What is a pace?

a pace is a normal sized step for an adult. Generally just short of 1 metre or 3 feet. Based on my pace, a normal city block is between 50-100 paces. 

For older photos you want to submit you can use Google’s local feature to map the distance and 1km=


Please tag the photos with the distance from your home in multiple of 50 paces so they can be hung on the appropriate tree. Eg. , , etc.


by submitting a photo to the you are giving me approval to print your photo for use in this schemey project of mine. Thanks!


People might look at you funny if you are walking down the street counting to yourself.   My advice? Start twitching a little and they’ll give you a wide berth!

The 50 Paces Project Back Story

Last winter I lived my father’s island life waiting for the ice to form on the river so I could cross to shore. [See ]

Part of this process included testing the ice to make sure it was safe to cross. The rule is that every 50 paces, you stop and chop a hole in the ice to test its thickness. Where the ice is safe to cross, you marking the path path by putting trees in the holes you’ve chopped in the ice. These trees become a road to and from the island until the ice is unsafe to cross again.

If you are reading this, I hope you’ll consider joining in… even if it’s just to watch the installation grow.

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

2 thoughts on “The 50 Paces Project

  • January 25, 2006 at 2:45 am

    hey Lex
    this is an awesome idea! we just need the crazy river to co-operate and freeze already.
    Your dad has managed to cross a few times but we haven’t been brave enough yet to cross in the other direction. and on certain recent days i have been thinking about getting the boat back out. hope to see you soon
    mary Jo


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