A Documented Life

Some images belong on big screens and in museums. Others belong in our homes in our DVD players and photo books. But really, nearly every photographed or video-recorded image is on some level art and/or documentary, isn’t it? Our cameras allow us all to tap into our inner artists and hold the reins on how we want the world and our experience in it remembered.

video yourself 1 second a day

Have you heard of the 1 Second Every Day app? Currently available only on iPhones (but coming soon to Androids, according to the manufacturer’s website), it’s a way to document your life as a series of 1-second clips, one for each day from the time you begin using the app. You can even retroactively add clips from your phone taken before you bought the app.

The 1-second app immediately made me think of recent viral videos showing a picture per year, or in some cases per several months, of babies growing up into teenagers and beyond. The rapid age progression is kind of mesmerizing. What I think is interesting about them is that they don’t just document changes in physical appearance. They capture something of the children’s essence, and how their personalities blossom over time. How are we to know when we push play on that bald baby with dimples that he’s going to end up with a bleach-striped waterfall haircut and a little gleam of mischief in his eyes? It’s really an interesting blended use of photography and video, a wonderful rethinking of time-lapse videography.

Of course, time lapse is nothing new to videographers. It has long required significant patience, the careful selection and situating of equipment and lots of waiting, checking, and careful synthesizing. Things like the 1 Second Every Day app and the time-lapse YouTube videos are sort of the other end of the spectrum, the easy end of quickly observing evolutions in our lives. The app documents these more as collage, making me think of what the dying must see when they say their lives “flash before their eyes.” The pic-a-year videos document more of a straight-line progression. Either way, I think they open an exciting new can of worms for camera-owners everywhere. Have you tried your hand? What were the results? Our staff would love to see them!


Expanding Horizons

Social media conversation Lawrence Photo and Video

The Social Media Universe…we are joining the conversation!

As you may have noticed recently, Lawrence Photo and Video expanded our social world beyond Facebook and is now on Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. The reason for this is simple: we want to be out there conversing with you!

The internet has allowed all of us to witness things we never would have seen even 30 years ago. We can instantly see photos of news events happening on the other side of the world moments after they are taken. We can “chat” using web cameras to loved ones who are overseas. We can talk with potential customers via email or social media anywhere in the world. And, we want to be part of the ever-changing landscape! We want to talk about what is happening not only in the world of photo and video, but what is happening in Springfield, in Missouri, in the U.S. and the world.

We want to hear from you! Go to our pages and “like” us, “follow” us, put us in your “Circles” and “Pin” photos with us on Pinterest!  Start a conversation or offer some suggestions for a blog! Post photos on our Facebook page, show us what you like via Twitter and Google+. We like to view this whole “social thing” as talking with our customers who come in through our doors on South Campbell Avenue. This is a conversation…let’s talk!