A Heartbreaking Work of Polaroid Pictures
As of this morning, 9,451,156 people have tuned in on YouTube to watch an engrossing video in which a guy named Noah takes a picture of himself once a day for 6 years. Well, it turns out Noah has met his Web 1.0 match. Last week, Chris Higgins at mental_floss uncovered a haunting website in which a stranger’s life is documented one Polaroid picture per day for nearly twenty years. After some serious sleuthing, Higgins managed to ID the anonymous gentleman as one Jamie Livingston, a photographer, filmmaker and circus performer who attended Bard and lived in NYC until 1997. Sadly, you learn, illness cut short Livingston’s daily project as he passed away on his 41st birthday. But right through that final day, his Polaroids captured a poignant mix of both the mundane and seminal moments in one’s life. As a Mets fan, my personal favorite is the night of October 27th, 1986.