For 18 years Jamie Livingston kept a record of every day of his life, but this was no ordinary journal.
Livingston, a New York City-based cinematographer, amassed thousands of Polaroid photos, taken each day of his life during those years, and a collection of the photos has been posted online by friends for people to see and experience, according to a report by MyFOX National.
Many of the photos were of friends. The subject sometimes was as ordinary as a smile, a window or a household item. Another was taken on his wedding day.
Livingston's friend Risa Mickenberg told MyFOX National the photos are an essay on life.
"'Photo of the Day' is a work of light, color, laughter, pain, travel, beauty, wonton soup, afternoons, coffee, hanging out, love, life in its entirety," she said.
Livingston was born in New Jersey on Oct. 25, 1956, and died in New York City 41 years to the day in 1997.
In 1978 at Bard College he began to take photos with his Polaroid camera, according to MyFOX National. After a few weeks he realized he had taken almost an image a day. He then began to earnestly take one photo a day and continued the project until his death.
"It's the masterpiece we all create," Mickenberg said. "It's just that Jamie thought to take its picture."