Eighteen Years of a Daily Photo (and the Weekly Snapshot)

February 18, 2014 § 4 Comments

I came across this gem today via mental_floss.

I’d like to think I’ll continue taking a daily picture for the rest of my life. Jamie Livingston did it for 18 years, well before digital cameras, using a Polaroid from March 1979 until his death in October 1997. A simple website of every photo taken shows the happy and mundane sides of his life, but the photos of his last year are particularly poignant as he quickly goes from brain surgery, to marriage, to death at age 41.

He was a filmmaker and appeared to live in or near Greenwich Village. Livingston captured some of the newsworthy items of this time via snapshots of the television screen or newspaper headlines (e.g., invasion of Kuwait, O.J. Simpson verdict, Reagan-Carter debates).

I didn’t go through every photo but viewed many, especially those of the city. I yearn to know more about this man, his friends, what happened to his wife, where he lived, the work he produced.

Here are a few favorites, but there are many more (credit: Jamie Livingston via photooftheday.hughcrawford.com):

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I continue to take daily photos as well. As proof, here is February 12-18 (some posted previously, some not):

(Never) Say Never

November 8, 2013 § 6 Comments

sky dives, permanent eyeliner, Nascar, precarious suspension bridges

archery, clown makeup, fantasy football, meth

Coursegold Tarantula Festival, whale riding, Comic Con, monster truck rallies

body piercing, ice fishing, knuckle cracking, poi sampling

presidential run, bodybuilding competition, crew cut, Tasmanian Devil wrangling

ballet dancing at Lincoln Center, a six-minute mile, pregnancy, motherhood

…but you never know…

Second Best

November 6, 2013 § 12 Comments

I take multiple photographs every day and post the best one on this blog. Most that don’t make the final cut are substandard, but others deserve a second look. Tonight I surfed through my files and selected the following to share, all from 2013 and in chronological order, with the last one taken this morning.

I hope you enjoy them.

How I Spent My Hour Vacation

November 3, 2013 § 4 Comments

Daylight saving time ended early this morning when the Hour Fairy returned the 60 minutes sinisterly plucked from our lives while we slept last spring. I hope you made good use of the one she left under your pillow. I feel I did.

I suppose I could have used my extra hour to clean a closet, make some pudding, or nap (actually, I did do that), but with the leaves quickly falling from the trees and temperatures expected to dip toward wintery highs later this week, I thought it best to spend as much time outdoors as possible.

How I spent my extra hour:

From 9:15 to 9:45 a.m.

From 5:15 to 5:45 p.m.

One-Hundred-Fifty-Five

June 4, 2013 § 2 Comments

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Darling Milwaukee Avenue

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June 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Peace and stars and happiness, all on a square piece of concrete

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