I like checking out Vimeo because it’s chock full of creative ideas and videos in a way that other sites are not. But then again it’s “so many ideas, so little time”. But this video, called “Today” is well worth watching and thinking about. The description reads: “On August 27th, 2009 Jonathan Harris turned 30 and began a simple ritual of taking one photo every day and posting it to his website before going to sleep.”
A week after completing his project, this video was made, in which each photo was displayed for a second, while Jonathan talks about the experience, what led him to undertake the project, and what he learned from it.
Without trying to outdo Jonathan in terms of the insights he shares, let me say that many of the photos are remarkable, and leave you wondering what events in his life preceded or followed the still shot; unfortunately, as this thought forms, the slideshow has already moved on and the moment is quickly forgotten. A video editing book by Bryce Button has a good quote on stills: “The power of a still lies in its suggestion of the moment that presaged its capture and the range of possible outcomes that follow it.” In a way, it’s a metaphor for many of our lives, in which days are often a blur. What are the events that brought me to where I am at this moment? And what are the possible outcomes that may result? Often it’s easy to forget to enjoy “today” and to get caught up too much in worrying about “tomorrow”.
What are YOU doing today?