Wednesday, October 29, 2008

on the flip side

Last week I found myself half listening to a radio program about a man named Jamie Livingston who took a Polaroid photo every day of his life starting March 31, 1979 until October 25, 1997, the day he died. I started to get interested as the interview was ending and jotted down the URL. I have been visiting both Chris Higgins' blog entry and the actual website (erected by Hugh Crawford) of photos ever since. It's a strikingly simple creative project that has yielded amazingly profound results, particularly towards the end of Jamie's life. Take a look. (And for those of you who, like me, love the quirky character of Polaroid photos it's especially interesting.)

And here are a few weird gems from the world of art, courtesy of the amazing web browser of Rudy:

13 Comments:

Blogger Hayden said...

OK, I'll bite. what are the log-looking thingys in the goldfish bowl?

29/10/08 6:12 PM  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

There is so much contemporary truth in 'Oh shit'.

30/10/08 8:27 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Fun links - I spent half an hour checking them out!

Hayden - my immediate impression = fish sticks.

30/10/08 9:21 AM  
Blogger dinahmow said...

OK...my thoughts on the Chinese guy's tear ducts: damaged due to pollutants in water and/or fertiliser works!Me? I think I'll stick with my pen and ink!

30/10/08 12:32 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Hayden: Why, fish sticks of course! :)

Ian: Ain't it the truth.

Barbara: I know -- I got sucked in for ages.

Dinah: You traditionalist, you. :)

30/10/08 3:11 PM  
Blogger citizen of the world said...

Oh. I thought they were candy bars.

30/10/08 5:40 PM  
Blogger Alda said...

I just don't get all the hype surrounding Damien Hirst. Call me shallow.

Your blog is so dangerous, Andrea - every time you post links it has the potential to cost me hours of my life. ;-)

31/10/08 4:02 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Do I count your goldfish bowl picture as another link in a strange chain of hot dogs this month?

31/10/08 6:17 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Citizen: Okay... (Candy bars makes no sense at all.)

Alda: Blame Rudy!

Caro: If you must! :)

31/10/08 1:16 PM  
Blogger Mr Coppens said...

I also loved the link to the dead relatives in the parlor..eeeww!

If I had a terminal disease (touch wood..ooh that's better) I would do a contiguous commemorative celebrational thingamabob too.

Might as well go out in style.

31/10/08 2:32 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

The photo project is sad and poetic. Have you seen the Michael Apted documenteries starting with 7 and Up,following the lives of a group of British kids since 1964? Really interesting.

I admit I love the pet store but the tearduct calligraphy? icky! I'm sure my 9 year old could be just as good as an artist shooting stuff out of her nose onto paper. Hey, wait a minute, an idea is brewing....

31/10/08 3:28 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Mr C: I totally agree.

Ellen: I love the 7 Up series! The most recent was kind of sad actually with some saying it had ruined their lives.

31/10/08 6:16 PM  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

Incredible! My favorite: 09-06-85 (that was as far as I got before coming back to comment). What a treasure trove. Thanks for sharing yet another amazing resource.

7/11/08 8:49 PM  

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