I ran across this video produced by mssngpeces.com while cruising through Vimeo on my Apple TV last night. The content is an interesting project. Jonathan Harris started taking a picture a day when he turned 30 and posted it to his website before going to bed each day. He did this for 440 days.
The imagery is great. Jonathan is obviously a skilled photographer. What resonated with me are not only the images, but some of the things Jonathan said in the video.
“I wanted to find a way to be more in the moment, to be more in everyday, to understand time more, to understand my own life more, to have more memories…to live more richly.”
“I’m really obsessed with memory. I’m obsessed with not forgetting. Not being forgotten, and I do all sorts of things to fix that. This project was one, and I think all my projects are about leaving a mark, being remembered some how, or remembering the marks other people have left. But you can never really win at it. No matter what you do in your life, no matter what you create, what career you have, whether you have a family or kids, or make a lot of money, or whatever, your greatest creation is going to be your life story because it’s like this container that holds all of those other things. That was something I was really interested in this project. Like thinking of life itself as a creation, as a story you are writing.
“The process of growing up has made me, well, almost like less sure of myself some how. Because I see there’s so much more that I don’t know, which I didn’t see before…”
Watching this video makes me miss my days as a photojournalist in some ways. Shooting daily really sharpens your skills, and it does help with memories in some strange way. I appreciate Jonathan’s commentary and his openness in creating this project. I hope you find inspiration in it as well.