Friday, 3 February 2012

Time Capsules

I've just been introduced to Xanthe Berkeley's beautiful blog.  Her photographs are amazing and her photography philosophy was like reading my own mind - although she expresses it much better and is generally much cooler and more eloquent than me!  She is this weeks contributor to Kim Klassen's Beyond Layers and I love what she wrote:

I'm all about capturing our moments, creating little pockets of time to be saved to look back on in the future.  We are good at recording the important milestones; the birthdays, holidays, weddings and families growing up, but I think it's equally important to remember the everyday moments.  The details that make up your day.

Aside from encouraging me to pick up my camera every day, the aim of my 365 project is in large part to capture the ordinary details of my life and already I look back and smile at the brightly coloured flowers, the sludgy chocolate milkshake, the sunlight glinting through the trees or the slippers lying on the floor.   Tiny details that sum up me, my family and our lives together. Xanthe has taken this a little further and encouraged us to be memory gatherers of just one day.... 6 images that represent a day....a time capsule of your life....a celebration of your ordinary.

I tried to keep my camera with me all day on Wednesday, to shoot as much as I could and then see which 6 images stood out for me.  It's interesting to me that all the shots that made the cut are all shots in my home.  We go about our daily business, school, work, errands, but it's the details of the time we spend together that are the most meaningful to me and that truly represent our day.

I loved this project so much and I'm going to try and do it on regular basis, see what catches my eye, what changes, what different sorts of ordinary there are to be celebrated.  Check out Xanthe's video time capsules...and she has an ecourse on how to develop them yourself.  It has gone straight to the top of my ecourse wishlist.  :)


  1. Becs,
    I love your time capsule! It makes me think I'm right there in your home with you. Those little toes in the bath are simply adorable.

  2. Becs,
    I too love your time capsule - the capture of your day, written in the small moments that make it so precious. It certainly makes me nostalgic for the time when my children were young and seeing their little toes in the bath could be a highlight of my day. How lovely that you will be looking for these moments each day and recording them so they are never lost in the haze of the past.

  3. Thanks so much for the visit to your home and family. Your pictures tell a sweet story and that's a good thing!

  4. Your time capsule looks great.. I need to get started on mine..

    Hugs, Linda

  5. Pretty... looks so good together!

  6. All I can do is agree. I love that the best memories of your day were the little moments at home.

  7. i also was recently introduced to xanthe berkeley's blog...and am wishing for that ecourse as well! i love the idea of little time capsules to remember everyday life. your's is great! i'm inspired. :)

  8. Very nice. I love the idea of this, and I'm glad you're planning to do more because you put it together so well. I haven't started mine yet, but you gave me some good ideas about staying home and shooting from the heart.

  9. Oh, how lovely! :)
    What a beautiful way to remember the simple pleasures in every day life! :)
    We are soo behind in BL, haven't even read Kim's last 2 emails *blush*.
    Have a lovely Tuesday ahead!

  10. Your time capsule is exquisite -- those small simple moments are the ones that you will want to remember most.


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