Get Shouty

an examined life
July 1, 2008, 5:02 am
Filed under: Great Stuff

Have been meaning to share this story since Paul tweeted it a while back:

2587269913_0021313917Listen to this CBC Podcast.

It’s a very moving and beautiful segment about  Jamie Livingston, who took a Polaroid a day for 18 years including his last. The show includes interviews with Hugh Crawford and Betsy Reid, who re-photographed over 6,000 Polaroids and created the site, as well as Chris Higgins of Mental Floss, who uncovered the site before it was ever meant to be found. You can also hear Betsy read the letter Jamie wrote to the Polaroid Corporation in 1986.

Chris Higgins lets us into his experience:

Yesterday I came across a slightly mysterious website — a collection of Polaroids, one per day, from March 31, 1979 through October 25, 1997. There’s no author listed, no contact info, and no other indication as to where these came from. So, naturally, I started looking through the photos. I was stunned by what I found.

His post unravels the story. It’s a beautiful and fragile reminder of everyday ordinaryness and personal heroics. Of how an art can give us insight and help us understand the world. Of what can happen when we share ourselves. Check it out.


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Thank you.
What an amazing story to share. Stories and styles, facial hair and friends and family.. and then the end.

I looked at my birthday day polaroids.. (its funny how we do that), skipped entire years and then raced to the end. Felt there was love surrounding him… despite not knowing.

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