The Timebox 3.0 Beta test will be wrapping up soon and new, improved Timebox App will finally be available in the App Store. We are excited about the power and elegance of Timebox 3.0 and can’t wait until it is available to everyone. Just so you know, if you are a current Timebox customer, you will automatically be updated to the new version. This is also true, if you participated in the Beta.
in the meantime, we recently came across the article Memories of Things Unseen by Teju Cole in the New York Times. Cole says "Photography is inescapably a memorial art. It selects, out of the flow of time, a moment to be preserved, with the moments before and after falling away like sheer cliffs.” (Except when you use Apple’s Live Video.) We agree since sometimes a photo is all we have left. The person, object or place is changed or gone all-together.
In the article, Cole describes the Institute for Digital Archaeology’s Million Image Database Project, which involves photographing artifacts that are at risk of being destroyed for military or religious reasons.
"The goal of the project is to distribute up to 5,000 modified cameras, to professionals and to amateurs, and use them to capture a million 3-D images by the end of 2015. Already a thousand cameras have been distributed and the 3-D data is being received."
This joint project of Harvard and Oxford Universities is wonderful and the visual records could be enough to facilitate a reconstruction. Cole does not overstate it when he says photography is used to ward off total oblivion.
According to Cole there is also a menacing side to memory. We’re not sure about that but we do think that photos and videos help you tell better stories, whatever they’re about.