We don’t remember days, we remember moments – Cesare Pavese
When you reflect on this past year, do you remember days or snapshots of days? So many little things happen in a day that can’t possibly be remembered without some kind of cue. But how can we recall those captivating little things that are often forgotten? I want to remember how the sun’s rays pierced through the diaphanous clouds and how I felt when I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.
The almost hypnotizing video 2012. 366 days. 366 seconds creates a firm sense of nostalgia through documenting those seemingly forgotten moments. Its creator filmed one second of every day in 2012 and chronologically cobbled each clip together. The result of noticing the details that are often overlooked creates something that is inspiring and masterfully crafted. Images of nature are cleverly juxtaposed with emblems of technological progress, further reminding us of nature’s resilience.
Since memory is predominately visual and long-term memory can store an astounding amount of images, short clips of daily moments result in remembering more than usual of the past year. These acts of taking a snapshot every day for a year are springing up all over the Internet in the form of videos or pictures. However, I discovered that one man was well ahead of the trend when in 1979, he started taking one Polaroid per day until his death in 1997.
I argue that beginning the day armed with a camera and a sense of wonderment creates a newfound sense of appreciation and of living in the moment. This determined vigour allows people to explore and take risks. I think we should all live as if our lives are filmable. Setting out on the day with a sense of excitement will quell any anxieties about not living life to the fullest.