8:30 am
Starbucks: PCH & Ximeno: Long Beach

Another cold morning in Long Beach – or as cold as it can be for Long Beach. A couple cups of coffee are just what we need to get us going. Eric and I met and did our usual download of how things are going and what kind of projects we were working on. And again we both agreed that this is one project that we both look forward to – something that we can rely on to be different every time and something that always surprises us.

Once our coffee came up we checked our word for the day, took a seat outside and started our timer. Out inspiration for today is “changes”.

Upon discussing different ways we could show changes through things that undergo a physical change like a leaf to the different cars that were being modified at the Pep Boys next door we decided that since the word was changes and not change, we had to show multiple things happening at once. What better way to show this than through a series of photos?

Then we had a minor debate. This was one thing we never thought to put a restriction on – can we do video? Or should we stick to still photos that represented the word? Since we wanted to try and keep this a photography project, we decided that we could only take still images. But if we stitched the separate images together into one final piece then a stop-motion animation could qualify.

It was decided. Now on to the project because time is ticking:

So, what is around us that is changing before our eyes? The intersection was changing constantly, the wind was changing the position of the palms across the street. But those things weren’t good enough we felt, so we resulted to walking around to see what was changing around us.

Construction. That was it! There was an apartment building around the corner that was under construction. It was being renovated and the scaffolding against its side created an interesting pattern with all the bars and shadows. But aside from the changes that the building was going through, we also observed the changes that were occurring right there on the scaffolding as the workers were constantly moving from one place to another during their work.

So we framed the camera on an area of the building and documented the changes that occurred during the next hour – click by click:
People changing positions. Windows opening and closing. Raking shadows slowly shifting position. And ultimately the building undergoing its biggest change since it was first built.

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