Monday, June 21, 2010
A Life Through Pictures
A bit of a different post today...
I stumbled across a story online from The New York Times about a man named Jamie Livingston. Just a regular guy, like you or I.
He took one polaroid photo every day for 18 years. They are photos that might not be incredibly interesting as single images, but when combined, they create a patchwork of life.... Jamie's self portraits, him hanging out with friends, the engagement ring he bought and the days where it seems he had no inspiration at all.
The images form into a crescendo for me when they begin to show us his journey through illness. Hospitals, incisions... it's enough to turn a fairly light hearted collection of daily images into a very personal diary of sorts.
We see him struggle. We see him laugh. We see him deteriorate. And, ultimately, the images come to an end.
It's a huge body of work. Eighteen years of photos everyday. What a commitment, what a statement.
It makes me wonder what my life would look like in snapshots. How about the lives that I'm creating for my children?
What would your polaroid a day look like? What would your collection say as a whole?
To see more of the Photo A Day Project and learn more about Jamie Livingston, please visit http://photooftheday.hughcrawford.com/