When I look through my family’s old photo albums, I always need to do it alone. I can never deal with my dad telling me stories about the romantic trips he took with his first wife, or listening to my mom tell me about the shoulder pads she wore. I always like to look at those photos alone, because I like making up stories in my head more than hearing the real ones. And I don’t think I’m alone in that – I have friends that go to flea markets just to buy old photos of strangers so that they can ponder stories about them.
Photography taken for the pure reason of recording memories can feel much more intimate and less intimidating than a photo that makes you feel like you’re supposed to uncover its meaning. This form of creating a photographic diary is something that photographers of my generation are embracing as an art form within itself. Personally, I love it. Thanks to digital photography, recording the moments of your life is fairly painless. My life is probably too boring to interest you, so here are some other photographic diaries to poke your nose in.
Toby Price‘s photography is full of stories and travel. Where could those places be?
Cameron Alexander‘s diary includes a curious mixture of edge, window light, encounters with strangers and maybe a little too much information.
The Frío y Menta Collective includes personal encounters and landscapes as recorded by nine Argentinian photographers.
Olivia Bee‘s photographs tend to feel like a record and exploration of teenage life. I’ve followed her work for a very long time, and I know that she originally started out creating more fashion and concept art before making the switch to candid a few years ago.
Sannah Kvist‘s diary includes records and studies of Scandinavian landscapes and fun times with friends.
Our very own Rachel Hardwick‘s diary includes documentations of the people in her life. Rather than capturing particular moments, they feel to me to be more about exploring the people themselves. I’m willing to bet she’ll share the stories behind these photos with us in the very near future.
Jessica Silversaga‘s personal photography (click on any link that begins with “diary”) contains images of imperfection, blur, and a delicate feeling of beauty. She is really a master of using photographic form to create a very personal function.
Have a fantastically lazy Sunday, and as you look through these photos remember that at least from the creator’s perspective, there’s nothing you’re intended to learn from them.