Here’s something rather lovely to look at for your Friday afternoon. Digital storyteller, artist and all-round interesting chap Jonathan Harris has, since his thirtieth birthday back in August 2009, committed himself to taking one photograph per day and posting it to his personal website accompanied by a caption, explanation or short story. Christened the Today project, it ran for almost a year and a half and documents the enormous array of day-to-day narratives, both ordinary and extraordinary, that permeate everyday life. In this short slideshow-style film, produced in collaboration with friend and filmmaker Scott Thrift to mark the end of the project, Harris explains his motives for undertaking such a challenge, reflects on its outcomes and muses on the nature of memory in the digital world. There’s barely a dud shot in there, and Harris is an engaging speaker as ever – he’s previously held talks at Google, Stanford and TED.
Harris and Thrift will also be holding an event at indieScreen Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn next week in conjunction with the release of the film. Titled Media as Memory, it will encompass a conversation between the two on the subject of “storytelling, growing up and breaking down”. Tickets are free but book fast, as seats will be limited to 100 – you can order yours here