The First Three Months

I know updates have been sparse on here recently. Honestly, between my job, all my podcasts, and trying to do social things outside of those things to keep myself sane, I barely have any time to do anything else these days.

BUT! My 1 Second Every Day project soldiers onwards. Here's a video that shows the first three months of my life in Seattle (approximately):

A couple of observations:

  • After three months of this, it's difficult to fight some of the "sameness" that creeps into these images. By far, that's the biggest challenge: trying to make sure what you shoot today isn't similar to what came before it.
  • The biggest weakness of this project is that there is pretty much nothing here of my work at Microsoft. I don't really do any shooting on campus because I don't want to risk the possibility of revealing anything confidential, but it remains a huge part of my new life that remains undocumented.
  • When I've presented this project to my friends, the one thing they all overwhelmingly say is: "If I did a project like that, it would be incredibly boring." As I mentioned in my initial post, maybe if that's the case you should try and make some serious changes to your life. But I have a corollary now to add to that: you don't need to have a super interesting life to make a decent video with this project. You just need to be able to find the beautiful, fascinating, amusing things worth highlighting in each day. I think it's a challenge worth undertaking. 

4 comments :: The First Three Months

  1. Hi David!

    I am loving this one second a day project! I have been very inspired by the project ever since you wrote the initial blog post filming one second a day. I've been trying to also film 1 second a day, but am a little disappointed that my camera doesn't capture sound. :(

    Anyway, thanks for the update on the project!

    P.S. Welcome to Seattle!
    -Michelle (Fellow Seattlite (sp?))

  2. I like the idea. The audio seems a little disconnected though. Maybe have some audio playing softly in the background to tie everything together better?

    It's surprising how much information you can fit into one second.

  3. Is that Tobo @ 1:45?

  4. I love this project. I think it's awesome. I was actually surprised by how much you can capture in a second.
    I can't wait for the full year. I think I already welcomed you in an email but welcome again. :)


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