Intimate audioWritten by Adam Westbrook
Have you checked out the daily blog Someone Once Told Me?
It’s a collection of photographs where the subjects are holding up a phrase someone once told them, that has somehow affected their life. I included it in this list of collaborative photography projects, and was in it last year too (warning, rude words).
Well here is today’s SOTM, by a girl in Los Angeles. The picture doesn’t say too much. But click on the image, and have a listen to the audio which accompanies it.
I still maintain good quality, intimate, close up audio grabs you like nothing else. Her pauses, hesitations, umms and errs, add such emotional weight to her admission and tell us much more about who she is than a picture can do.
No-one ever pulled up in their driveway and stayed in the car to look at a really good photograph, but they’ll do it if there’s something amazing on the radio.
Still, arresting audio is harder to come across than a virgin in Los Angeles. But why? It sounds to me like the girl in the above picture recorded her story on an iPhone. Apps like Audioboo mean we can all start recording our own audio stories and sharing them with the world.
Mary Hamilton‘s a journalist, who has just started recording a daily AudioBoo on her way home from work. Nothing in particular, no real theme, just what’s on her mind as she potters home after work. Lovely idea.
Imagine if we all started recorded our own audio diaries? How many great stories would emerge from the ether?