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“I use stories as a technique to organise the past” – Jonathan Harris

14th April 11

Posted by Mel Exon

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When Jonathan Harris’ project ‘Today‘ began, we instantly liked its intentions. Lifestreaming projects like this are hardly new but, in the hands of someone like Harris, you know ‘a photo and a story a day’ (in his case, a resolution made to mark his 30th birthday) is going to be downright special.

In this film, made by Jonathan’s friend Scott Thrift, over a year’s worth of photos each appear for a second.

The soundtrack is Harris talking about the experience which will feel familiar to any lifestreamers – the early anxiety, the excitement of figuring it out, a growing audience, then a sense of the project ‘running you’ … followed by the missing it once it’s gone.

“I use stories as a technique to organise the past and I think there’s a real lack of storytelling now among all of us. We’re all living lives that are so fragmented…there’s not that time to create stories, to make sense of that experience.”

For more of Jonathan’s work, check out number27.org.

via @HelenWalters’s Thought you should see this blog (HT @brainpicker)


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