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30 år og 30 fugle

Aug 27, 2009 Henry at the wheel, as ever.
Aug 31, 2009 childhood friend / next-door neighbor, Jeff (black shirt), was sworn into the Vermont Air National Guard.
Sep 3, 2009 A picture of my first true love, Quinn. Some memories are harder to erase than others.
Sep 14, 2009 Her sleeping shirt in the morning.
Sep 16, 2009 Vending machine at a rest stop along a dark highway in southern Minnesota.
Sep 23, 2009 Two local men took a nap after chugging two jumbo cans each of Keystone Ice on the hottest day of the summer.
Sep 28, 2009 Six years ago, one of the biggest fires in Oregon's history ravished this place.
Oct 6, 2009 An oily seed pod dance across the surface of an icy Oregon pond at dusk.
Oct 16, 2009 Teen angst — one terribly solemn malady; so many hopelessly personal incantations.
Nov 14, 2009 Separation Studies, #5.
Dec 18, 2009 With your head in the clouds, but not feeling cloudy.
Jan 9, 2010 A portrait of my mother. Nail polish marks from her fingers, unknowingly scratched onto the kitchen cupboard.
Jan 16, 2010 "You gonna kill anything today?" says a voice from outside my motel room. "Just a part of myself," I should respond
Mar 6, 2010 There is no better way to think about death than to visit the White Sands Missile Range.
Mar 9, 2010 Split up, but still close together.
Mar 12, 2010 The blues.
May 8, 2010 Face.
May 21, 2010 With only one thing to think about
Aug 17, 2010 67% water.
Aug 26, 2010 Light to them and light to them and light to them and dark to them and light to me.
Sep 15, 2010 In a good place.
Nov 11, 2010 Y, M?
Nov 12, 2010 Hard to see what comes next.
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13.02.12
Den 27. august 2009 blev Jonathan Harris 30. Samme dag tog han et billede af sin ven Henry bag rattet i sin bil, "som altid". 440 dage senere kiggede Jonathan Harris op og så 30 fugle flyve i formation som en pil over en række træer. Fuglene fløj ud ad billedet, og billedet blev det sidste. Alt indimellem blev til projektet Today, der i sin enkelthed bestod i at tage ét billede om dagen, skrive én kort billedtekst og sende det ud på en mailliste.

"I wanted to find a way to be more in the moment, to be more in every day, to understand time more, to understand my own life more, to have more memories. Basically to live more richly as a human life, not just as a work life. So I designed this project to take a picture every day and I thought it would make me more aware of life as it was passing."

Bliver man mere opmærksom på sit eget liv ved at holde dagbog? Det er et spørgsmål, som mange mennesker har beskæftiget sig med. Da Jonathan Harris fyldte 30, besluttede han sig for at gøre noget ved det. Han var opslugt af tanker om minder og oplevelser, om sin evne til at huske, og derfor begyndte han at fotografere sin hverdag. Og det gjorde han i 440 dage.

Harris er ikke uddannet fotograf. Den Brooklyn-baserede kunstners arbejde tager som regel udgangspunkt i internettet. Hans projekter er både stærkt personlige (som "We Feel Fine", der scannede internettet for ordene "I feel" eller "I am feeling" og lavede et interaktivt kort over blogosfærens tilstand) og omfattende globale (som "Universe", der omvendt scannede internettets nyhedsstrøm og skabte en interaktiv stjernehimmel af ord og informationer). Pointen er den samme. At vise en verden der hænger sammen med delte følelser, bekymringer, sejre og problemer. Han kalder sig selv en historiesamler- og fortæller, som bruger internettet til at indsamle de enkelte historier for at fortælle den store historie. Med Today gør Jonathan Harris på en måde det samme.

"Im really obsessed with memory. Im obsessed with not forgetting. Not being forgotten. And I do all sorts of things to try fix that. I think all my projects are about that. To leave some sort of mark, being remembered somehow. Or remembering the mark that some other people had left."

Jonathan Harris fortæller historier. Om sig selv og om andre. Ved at give en udsnit af sin hverdag giver han et billede af sig selv som 30-årig. Mange af billederne er abstrakte eller taget ud af dagens kontekst. Og således tvinger Harris sine læsere ned i billedteksterne, hvor han folder sine oplevelser ud.

Galleriet her er et udvalg af Atlas' favoritter, men det kan kun anbefales at se og læse hele samlingen på Jonathan Harris hjemmeside. Især da vi på Atlas har begrænset plads til billedteksterne, og halvdelen af historien om projektet Today ligger i de små hverdagshistorier. Visse udført som digte, andre som korte nedslag i Jonathan Harris' hverdag. Og hvis man ikke har tid til det, kan man høre et interview med ham over alle billederne vist i 1 sekund af gangen lige her. Filmen er lavet af Scott Thrift.

"No matter what you do, what you create, what career you have, whether you have a family or kids or make a lot of money or whatever, you're greatest creation is always gonna be your life story, because its like this container that holds all of those other things. That was something that i was thinking a lot about with this project, like thinking about life itself as a creation, as a story that you're writing." - Jonathan Harris.