Jun 06

Instagram, as imagined in 1979, with Polaroids

Jamie Livingston was a man ahead of his time. In 1979 he began taking a daily photograph and archiving it in a suitcase, until he died from cancer in 1997.

Using his Polaroid SX-70 he amassed a very impressive 18-year collection of photographs. The images view like someone I'd love to follow on Instagram.

These photos chronicle his daily life, and include a variety of subjects, including some really great street photography work from New York. I ran across the site originally from this Mentalfloss post awhile ago, and keep returning to show friends ever since.

What strikes me most about this, besides the excellent photography, is the dedication to this project. You could tell this is something Jamie loved doing. The care in which he cataloged the images and preserved them is amazing.

After his death, Jamie's friends put together the Photo of The Day website, and a physical exhibit, which displayed at Bard College in 2007. The entire project is very inspiring to me as a photographer, and has encouraged me to shoot in a consistent style and get out to photograph daily (with a real camera...not just my phone).

If you'd like to read more about Jamie and this project, check out this great article on OTBKB.

Written by Seth Banks

Seth spends most of his days leading the design team at Green Bits and improving Cashboard. Occasionally he finds time to write about music, design, startups, and technology.

Tagged: creativity, design, photography, instagram