Does anyone do diary’s nowadays?
My first diary was all about my secrets (age 8), and to make sure no one would read and discover the secrets I recorded in there, I wrote in capital letters: STEPH’S SECRETS, DO NOT READ! which as you can imagine achieved the total opposite…
I had a poem diary for my school mates to write poetry in and do little drawings or add special stickers into it. I should add that everyone had one, it was some kind of rite of passage when starting school.
I also had travel diaries, which started very enthusiastically, recording times and duration of train journeys, destinations, food I ate, expenditures, encounters, and even the time I went to bed, after two days the entries were the date only…
Another diary which I treasure most, was a beautiful hand made old note book from my flat mate we used to write notes in, who called, who to call, where we went, when we’ll be back, shopping lists, party planning, matters of the heart, all sorts of conversations recorded in a book.
Other diaries which so far haven’t been collated by myself consist of music and songs which have a certain significance to different chapters during my life, or when listening to them conjure up memories of people, experiences and feelings. One day I should do the playlist of my life. That is likely to be an under taking as much of the music is recorded on media such as vinyl, tape, digital and totally non tangible ‘clouds’. I have to find a record and cassette player to access these, as my interest in music started at a time before computers (can anyone remember these?!) and are not avaiable in today’s formats, media.
Which brings me to the point of ‘the diary’. As I mentioned, for your diary of your journey to the EAFS you can decide and choose which media you like to record what on or with. The only thing I like to mention to you here is: think how the message can be ‘transmitted’ through time. If you choose to express yourself in song or poetry, dance or performance, this for example could see you singing, reciting, dancing or performing to others or maybe shared with a person close to you. Nursery rhymes, poems, and / or folk songs are all examples of preserving (recording and communicating) a message through sound and movement.
If you choose to visualise your journey either through photography, collecting of trinkets, drawings, etc… think about the permanence of the media you use. Digital photography is great, but you always require an up to date computer and software to access those images. Printing them makes them readily accessible and paper has a preservation life span of bout 100 years in contrast to digital media’s 7 years.
What about the size and ease of use ? Important details; since it is a diary of your journey- it should be easy to access for quick entries, notes, additions, etc. A smartphone or laptop is great if you venture about in urban environments but the scenery of Morton castle may lack plugs to re charge batteries and considering the summer we had so far…is it water proof your electrical gizmo?
I will be there (at the EAFS) with my tent and some sort of recording set up, most likely very analogue and ‘old fashioned’, but ready to listen, record and document.
Since this is all about the journey as a dynamic process I hope to trace individual journeys direction, diversions and strands, starting before you (and me) set off.
To have your journey traced just answer the question below. You can either post a comment under this post or the previous one, or go to pages and leave a reply there with your name (or pseudonym), so I can allocate comments to individuals.
If you choose to express yourself in a media that is physical and hence difficult to send digitally; take a photo, make a film, or bring it to the EAFS and I will record.
And here is the question to answer before you set off:
1. What are your expectations of your destination?