Short term documentary projects make you look at your life in a different way while you’re working on them. They make you notice the little details, and tune in to the rhythm of your day.
I did a little ‘day in the life’ post when Arty was 16 months old, and it captures what our life was like then so well. I’m really glad I did it.
Life changes to quickly when kids are small. Their interests, habits and needs change as quickly as they grow, so the way your life looks at one end of the year can seem completely foreign to how you’re living it at the other.
And of course you’re often so wrapped up in the momentum of it that you don’t notice. So this year, I decided to participate in Ali Edwards’ Week In the Life project. I wanted to take an ordinary week and record the details of it, so that it could be a little time capsule from Arty’s third year. A little window for our future selves to peer through and remember what we were like in 2014.
This was such a successful project for me. I loved the process of making it, and the way it turned out. There were a few factors that contributed to this:
- I chose a design theme before I began and stuck to it. It’s black, white, and gold, with minimal use of kraft and wood veneer embellishments. This saved me SO much time, and also meant that the finished album has a very cohesive feel, which I really like.
- I decided to print all my photos in black and white, to further add to the general cohesion of the overall look. There were one or two shots that lost a little in the process, but I think it was a good decision for the album as a whole.
- The 4×4 format was very manageable for a short album like this. Working small helped me keep the project under control.
- I just kept going. Part way through the week I hurt my back badly, but that was part of the story, so I told it. It meant I had less photos for those days (I literally couldn’t get up to take them), but I made up for that with other bits and pieces.
I’m definitely on board for next year.