Across Five Marches: A Photo Essay 22/31 #sol23

My memory is basically nonfunctional these days. I think a large part of that is a result of offloading the functions and purpose of memory to my iPhone.

My phone is now the main document of my daily life. I don’t have to remember appointments because my phone tells me what I need to do. I don’t have to remember important information because I send texts and emails to myself as reminders. And I don’t have to remember where I’ve been or what I was doing, because there are likely to be photos tracking my movement for most days of the year.

For today’s slice, I borrowed an idea from Erica to look back across five Marches through photographs. What story would I tell about my life over the past five years just from looking at photos from March 22? (If I don’t have a photo from March 22, I’ve selected the photo closest to that date.)

March 19, 2017:

March 21, 2018:

March 22, 2019:

March 22, 2020:

March 21, 2021:

March 22, 2022:






12 responses to “Across Five Marches: A Photo Essay 22/31 #sol23”

  1. aggiekesler Avatar

    I’d say from the photos that your life revolves around your love for animals! ☺️

  2. Juliana Ellington Avatar
    Juliana Ellington

    This is such a cool format. And your whole life is there in these few photos of the same day for five years.

  3. Trish Avatar

    What a wonderful way to show time passing—and what you love. You got to curate, too. I sometimes resent Google for the intrusion. I’m giving this a try.

  4. arjeha Avatar

    Definitely a central theme running through these. The kinds of pictures we take tell so much about us. I really like this idea. I need to go back through my photos and see what kind of story they tell about me.

  5. Shaista Avatar

    You could use that reality of our lives to write a dystopian story!
    Great pictures!

  6. edifiedlistener Avatar

    As others have commented, images as text are a powerful form of storytelling: invitational and compelling. Really like what you’ve done here. Your example also offers the rest of us “permission” to try alternatives to typed words.

  7. Suzanne Avatar

    I love this idea too! I’m almost a little fearful of what might be there! It has been quite a five years. Love all your cats though!

  8. Amy Crehore Avatar

    I love this idea for a slice! And I loooove all the pets.

  9. Leigh Anne Eck Avatar
    Leigh Anne Eck

    Reading this post reminds me that I need to be better about taking pictures. Especially of me–I hate getting my picture taken. Your pictures leave me with many wonderings.

  10. Amanda Potts Avatar

    What a cool format ! I love the wide open view from 2020 contrasted with the homey animal photos from the other years. And I see Chipotle in there, right?

  11. Trina Avatar

    What a fun way to look over the last five years! Is it me, or are there more cats?

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