Following the third year of a holiday letter comprised
of my (increasingly complex) life via a (increasingly complex) year-in-photographs, I
wondered what it would be like to join the great experiment of 365 days of photographs.
I'm not a photographer,
I'm a writer. I'm a visual thinker, and if ever there was proof that a photo is worth a
thousand words, it would be the story a photo tells me, or in this case, about me.
Follow me on this adventure, where I
learn about photography, my ability to record my life, my dedication to something (I've
never been known for doing anything everyday) in my posts. I've also discovered I'm
learning about time, the history of it, and the odd practice of recording it, measuring it,
turning it into something tangible, and I'll record these explorations in the sidebar.
As always, feel free
to say anything. My experiment is not a spectator sport.

February 5, 2009

February 05 2009 A Collection of Something

Shopping at warehouse stores increases the need for space and planning. I hadn't taken a good look at the organization of our pantry since we moved in, and things clearly weren't working. You had to take everything out of the baking shelf to find something, we weren't using our beautiful collection of tasty oils and vinegars, and the whole thing was pouring out onto the floor of our kitchen in a general in-the-way sort of fashion. Thus, the trip to buy hundreds of dollars of food for the next few months required my attention. After about 4 and a half hours time and a consciousness of how we use the food in the space, I came up with this.

It was a photo of the pantry, a dark place by its very nature, so I opted for flash. There's something disturbingly commercial about taking stock of one's food stores in a photographic manner. The visibility of all the labels, all the logos; it's not something that you notice as you use it, but recording it... On the topic of labels, please, please read Collections of Nothing by William Davies King. (At least read the article.)

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