Miniature Notebooks – Snapshot Writing

I adore photography and the art of taking a great picture. From capturing a scene lit by the sun while it is low in the sky, to using macro focus to really capture the infinite detail of an object up close I find that looking back through past pictures is a wonderful way of transporting myself back to the moment being conveyed. Much as I love doing this through the medium of picture, I have recently being trying to achieve it through the use of a few choice words.

This aspiration was partly responsible for the advent of this blog of mine last year, and I have indeed felt that writing about my adventures near and far has helped me commit what I felt in certain specific moments to my long term memory. Reflecting on my experiences with a few hundred words at a time has been hugely enjoyable and I look forward to continuing to share with you my adventures and ramblings (right now in the case of the latter) but I also found myself wanting to use words in the same way I would a photograph. That is, to capture a single moment – its sights, sounds and the way it made me feel.

Wanting to record a specific moment with spontaneous, pure words meant that I needed something to write in, which I could have on my person nearly all the time. Obviously a phone would be the logical solution but I just felt that this wouldn’t have been the direct link between emotions and words that I desired. While exploring La Alameda neighbourhood of Seville last year I came across a shop selling tiny notebooks made from dried leaves and thick, textured paper. Small enough to sit in the palm of my hand and to slip into a jacket pocket, it was a perfect solution for my writing needs most specific. Perhaps I was going through a phase of being somewhat hard to please but the results of my rather specific intention for my use of the written word have been hugely rewarding.

Miniature Notebook

Benjyrider

Recording just a few words at a time…

I like to compare it to a tweet or micro blog that is not uploaded to the social media stage but is reserved as a form of private album. My miniature notebook has been filling up gradually with a variety of snapshot thoughts and feelings; from being inspired by sights I have seen to single phrase reflections on the day that has past. Sometimes I look back a few days in the book to see how the snapshot writing is going, but more often I save flicking back through it for a time further in the future. Once the book is full I will read back through all the brief notes I have jotted, remembering where I was when I wrote them and what feelings made me write the way I did.

Though I am a person with a passion for aesthetics and recording visual detail; I am intrigued by the prospect of using writing to record the briefest of snapshots in time. From a lady singing beautifully on the platform at Woking train station, to a shop in Stockholm wholly devoted to decorative lighting; there will always be something that inspires me to write in this way. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but think about how many pictures you can paint with just a few good words.

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