Life through the lens of a Polaroid

In 1979 Jamie Livingston, a “a New York-based photographer, film-maker and circus performer,” received a Polaroid camera. Soon after, he began a project where he snapped one Polaroid photo a day. This continued every day for 18 years until October 25, 1997 when he passed away from cancer. The photos were eventually organized by friends and exhibited at Livingston’s alma mater, Bard College in 2007. You can view them all online. The relatively mundane photos capture a cheerful life filled with friends and the occasional wild antic, but as his cancer takes hold later in his life, his project just reminds me of the sad and cruel randomness of live: you never know when it’ll end, so enjoy life, its moments, and your friends to the fullest.