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- 16th April
This is awesome. I got this from another blogger.
Its a story of a man’s life. A photo-journey. The man has been identified as Jamie Livingston.
As you look through the gallery of Polaroids, you come across photos that indicate his love for film and music. His Wikipedia page says that he “was a member of Chris Wangro’s circus troupe… He also worked as a cinematographer and editor of music videos for MTV, as well as working on advertisements with Nike.”
His Polaroid snapshots begin on March 31, 1979. As you go through the photos, you come to learn various things about the photographer. He seems to be a carefree guy, having fun with friends. There are dinners and parties, and a variety of different faces, no doubt friends that he chose to capture. I liked this one the most because of his reflection in the sunglasses. I’m not sure if it is him or a friend, (it could be either.) It was taken on 05-02-79.
This one-a-day project meant that he could only photograph one object or person, and whatever the result was, he had to stick by it. Many of the snapshots seem random. They cover a wide range of subjects. He often took photos of the television when there was an important event or person on the screen. Sometimes you would see a picture of his lunch. Other times his picture would be blurry, off center, or too dark. Livingston seemed to like the appeal of that though. It wasn’t perfect, but it didn’t need to be. I even saw a few shots of him in the bathtub. You name it, he’d document it. But the location never seemed to be the same. He liked to document his travels, interests and activities. He liked to take pictures of signs and lights and buildings, anything he thought was unusual or worthy of showing where he was that day.
He was also a big fan of the New York Mets baseball team. He took many pictures of the ballpark and people posing in front of the field. I’m a baseball fan myself, and this man had a lot of these pictures in the year of my birth. This one was taken on June 07, 1987. He seemed to particularly be a fan of a player by the name of Keith Hernandez. Livingston took a few pictures of the tv screen on various days when Keith was being shown. One of those times, the caption reads that Keith was named the first team captain in Mets history. I think that is pretty cool to have a picture of! Another caption reads that Keith had hit safely in 17 straight games. Now, as cool as it is that he recorded baseball history with a single snapshot, it didn’t occur to me at first that he had to have had his camera ready to go the whole time. He might not have had a way to pause or rewind the television back then, unless he had it recorded on his VCR. But I don’t know, I assume it was on live television.
Some of Livingston’s pictures are actually very intriguing photographically. He gets interesting angles and lighting. He often took photos OF his photos, all laid out. Here is somebody posing with them as they lay scattered on the floor, very orderly (and probably chronologically too!).
There are over six thousand pictures so I cannot go through them all on this blog, but you can look through them at your own leisure. Discovering the life of someone else, day by day, is pretty fascinating. It makes me want to start taking a picture every single day myself, although I’m not sure my pictures would be as interesting as Jamie Livingston’s are.
As the years go by and you finally come to 1997, you see that something bad happens, particularly on May 2nd, 1997 when there is a picture of him laying in a hospital bed. He has a brain tumor. He is in and out of the hospital for the rest of the year. He eventually looses all his hair and his overall demeanor seems to decline. Despite this, he becomes engaged to a woman, and marries her on 10-07-1997.
Then, just 3 weeks later on his 41st birthday, Jamie Livingston succumbs to his illness, and passes away. And the photo-a-day project dies with him.
Take a look at the gallery that was put together by his friends Hugh Crawford and Betsy Reid. They put together a public exhibit and website using the photos and called it PHOTO OF THE DAY: 1979-1997, 6,697 Polaroids, dated in sequence. Its interesting to comb through.
- 5th April
I found this gallery of photos on Gizmodo’s website a few months ago and found it fascinating. I love photography but I’ve never had the equipment or specific know-how needed to take awesome professional shots. This is a photo contest with many submissions from people around the country who chose to participate. The rules were to use a long-exposure setting at nighttime. The results would allow enough light to enter the frame to make it appear as though the photo was taken during the day. But if you look closely at the sky in some of the photos, you can see a swirl or streak of stars as they moved through the frame. This is my favorite of the bunch, taken by a woman named Jennifer Kehl.
Notice the misty look of the waves hitting the rocks on the shore repeatedly. And the stars are visible in the sky. Since this was taken around midnight, what may look like the sun is not the sun. Perhaps its the moon or a street light.
Take a look at the rest of the gallery! And, better yet, give it a try if you have a good camera with manual settings on it. If I ever get the chance to borrow my dad’s camera, I will definitely give this a try and post the pictures immediately! If you do try, please submit a photo reply to share with us!
- 5th April
This is a photograph of Ava Gardner. I absolutely LOVE this kind of style. Now this is a great example of a model. She is gorgeous, classy, and still has that sex appeal that they strive for. BUT the difference between this and today’s examples, is that its still modest. (For the most part.) I love the sultry vibe and the mysteriousness of it.
And then there is the epitome of royalty, grace, style, and beauty. Actress Grace Kelly, also known as Princess Grace of Monaco, definitely lived up to her moniker. She is one of the most admired women of all time. Her style has been a big influence around the world. For example… I want that dress!!!
Women are not like this anymore. I would take this kind of fashion over what they make today anytime! But not only the outward appearance, I also wish there was more poise, dignity, self-respect, confidence, natural beauty and graciousness in the world today. We live in an entirely different era now. These wonderful things are dying off. I wish they could be preserved in some way. The best I can do at the moment is share these lovely pictures with you and urge you to read about them a bit, and others of their time. No, they were not perfect. They are human and they sin like the rest of us; but nonetheless, I personally find it all very fascinating to read of their lives. I hope you do too.
My two cents ; take it with a grain of salt,