Bittersweet

Posted on January 14, 2010. Filed under: Mommy Moments, Web World | Tags: , |

I saw an article on mentalfloss.com titled “He Took A Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died.”    It’s pretty obvious I love capturing memories, especially with photos so I was fully intrigued, but not emotionally prepared for the article.  I should have been, right?  It’s right there in the title — the guy dies.   So here’s your warning.  He dies. 

The writer, Chris Higgins, does a wonderful job taking the reader through his exploration of simply stumbling on a website, that is only a bunch of photos, but discovers so much more.   I won’t try and steal Chris’ thunder by copying any of his work here, but I do want to give some highlights.   The website ( http://photooftheday.hughcrawford.com/ ) showcases literally one per day beginning in 1979, ending in 1997.   The photos are the work of Jamie Livingston.  The photos are the life of Jamie Livingston.  They range from the mundane, to the crazy, to the profound.  They give the viewer a puzzle-piece glimpse of a life, and inevitably a death. 

As Chris’ article details, the early years seemed to be all about fun with parties, music and the Mets.  “Throughout early 1997, we start to see the photographer himself more and more often.  Sometimes his face is obscured behind objects.  Other times he’s passed out on the couch.  When he’s shown with people, he isn’t smiling.  On May 2, 1997, something bad has happened.” 

May 2, 1997

Cancer.

October 5, 1997:

October 5, 1997

A wedding….. two days later.

October 7, 1997

The last photo:

October 24, 1997

October 24, 1997.   Jaime Livingston died the next day on his 41st birthday. 

His project was called ‘Photo of the Day.’ 

The next time you think about throwing away a picture because your hair isn’t quite right, or the house is a mess in the background … think twice.  It may not be a perfect photo, but it’s a memory.  It’s a record.  It shows a reality that very often tells more stories than the perfect professional shot.

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have lots of fun tomorrow!! I don’t even have to tell you to take lots of pictures!!!


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