Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Before I Die, I Want To.......

What would you like to do before you die? Is this something you even think about? Can imagining what you'd like to accomplish or enjoy in life motivate you to live a better, more fulfilling life? Artists Nicole Kenney and KS Rives asked this question to 111 people who wrote their answers on Polaroid Photos of themselves. The result is a very interesting web site, book and exhibition. Follow the link to see all the photos! I found this project to be inspiring, sometimes very deep, and sometimes pretty funny.

Before I die I want to...
By Nicole Kenney and ks rives... 111 Polaroid Portraits
Hearing hundreds of different answers to this question from hundreds of different people makes one wonder: What make some people more aware of their own mortality than others? What motivates people to take action in their lives? What values do we hold as a society? And what values do other societies around the world find important?
The Before I die I want to... project was inspired by a combination of factors: (1) the “death” of the Polaroid, (2) a psychologist’s tool called safety contracts, and (3) a passion to get people to think about (and act upon) what is really important in their life through this simple, very straight-forward question.
-from the artist's statement

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