Tuesday, September 16, 2008
on the unstoppable march of time.
For what it's worth, I consider stuff like this to be really cool - a girl takes a picture of herself every day for three years and we get to see the result all sped up. This is something uniquely us, uniquely 21st century, uniquely post-modern. The photos alone might have been possible before and maybe (maybe some publisher would have taken interest and finally released it as a book years after the fact, but the very idea that we get to see this pretty much as it's happening and that she had this idea and that she can put it up herself is a remarkable thing to me. Additionally, the fact that it's being considered a good work of art, I think, says good things about our society. If everyone did this sort of thing, it would be diminished, I'm perfectly willing to acknowledge that, but it's an amazing thought-experiment in my head to contemplate what the world would be like if everyone took this much time to think about these rather deep thoughts. What does it mean to change? How do we change every day? How can we see that? How can we measure that? Is it worth it to do so? And what does it mean to be on the outside looking in on such a personal journey? Is it cheapening the voyage that each of us has to take now that so many people have such unfettered access to it?