It’s been a couple of days.
So I decided that maybe it’s time for another post. Asked my girlfriend for suggestions, and she said, “Why don’t you post about the window pictures you did?”
And I thought, “That’s a pretty good idea!”
The whole thing started on a cold winter morning. February 8th, to be exact. I woke up, looked outside the window, decided to snap a picture and post it on Instagram.
Everything went smoothly until the caption… And completely out of original ideas, I just time stamped it; “Feb 8, 2015. 10:10 am”
I continued doing this for a few days. Didn’t think too much about it… I just did it! (Thanks Shia!)
A few days went by.
On February 11, 2015, I opened my Instagram page and noticed something unusual. With the page forming 3 columns, and new pictures being posted from the left side of the screen, I had two pictures that were aligned horizontally (on top of each other) that displayed almost the same time of the day, in the morning.
“This is my chance to do something that’s never been done before,” I thought to myself! “I will be the pioneer to the greatest Instagram trend of 2015,” I fantasized, believing this will be a game-changer.
My goal was to take one picture a day of the same view,rotating between three different periods; morning, sunset, and night. By rotating every three days for each picture I took control of the three columns on my page.
The initial wave of reactions came after the first week. There were major signs of frustrations almost immediately. Peoples’ confusion and curiosity lead to insults and jabs. None were taken personally, of course, as this was slowly becoming my own little case study on The Human Behavior towards the Unknown & Unfamiliar.
Of all the challenges, the toughest was explaining myself to my fellow followers; which mostly consists of only friends. Facebook friends. In fact, the reaction from people was the most intriguing aspect of this “project.”
Not missing even a single day was a big deal!
On one instance (April 18th) I was not available to take my sunset picture. I decided I’d rather post the sunset of where I was, instead of missing an entire day. This caused an unforeseen storm in the comment section.
“I can’t believe it”
And someone even used the word Disgusting.
The negative comments never bothered me. This was something I started doing for myself–for various reasons:
1. Principle: I wanted to practice developing habits, and doing things over and over again no matter the disruptions.
2. Photo-journal: this is pretty easy to see. And it goes hand-in-hand with #3
3. Data: time stamping the images gave this a very data-like feel. Being obsessed with collecting datasets and observing trends, this made the whole thing fun for me.
4. Art: I’m sure there is art in there somewhere, if you look close enough.
This project continued for three months. I stopped right before a trip to Dubai, on May 8th. Why that particular day? It seemed appropriate. It felt right. It was the three month mark, and I was to miss a whole week’s worth of data. This was the sign I had been waiting for.
The most inspiring takeaway from all of this, for me personally, was something a friend hinted:
The beauty is that every picture is different. The pictures are from the same view, but the distinct and subtle changes only become noticed with attention. Every one makes their own observation.