I saw this article about a man Jamie Livingston, who has passed away due to cancer, taking photos with his Polaroid SX-70 every single day to document his life. The article here and the blog gallery here.
Mind you, he didn’t take photos with digital format, which would be literally ‘free’. He took photos with Polaroid SX-70, which is a sexy old-school ‘instax’ camera. And he started this project since 1979, for 18 years!
This guy must be extremely persistent, and have passion to document life. I can’t even imagine myself taking pictures of my mundane life every day for a month… Nonetheless, I am extremely impressed. Even though he has left the world but the memories stay. It also allows his loved one and family to remember him.
He kind of reminds me of Vivian Maier, who only got ‘famous’ after she died and photos were discovered. Both of them, sure have passions for photography and both of them take pictures of everyday life.
Will I do the same?
Well, I am kind of inspired by him. But, I definitely won’t shoot every single day. First, I feel that this ‘365 days project’ is kind of stressful. I just want to shoot as and when I like. It’s a hobby and not a homework. Just like blogging, I love writing my thoughts down (I have hard paper diary and I’ve been blogging since 15, sadly I kept changing blog names). I blog when I feel like it.
He shot in Polaroid SX-70, which I am sure is a normal camera in that era before digital took over. Now, the common Instax Mini film still cost a lot for just 10-shot. Not worth it. What I will do is to shoot with 35mm film camera as and when I like. Actually, this is in progress and I develop it once a month or at most once per 2 months. It’s affordable.
So, what’s your way of keeping memories? Do you print out your photos or let them fade away in the tonnes of digital files in your hard disk?