An option for the diary project – or for answering the questionnaire – is to use a video camera. It doesn’t have to be fancy. This one was made on my mobile phone. I started trying to make wee videos like this about three years ago. I don’t do it very often, but looking back at them, they really bring back how everything felt at that time. In this one, my best friend and I are playing pooh sticks in Glasgow on the first properly sunny day of the year. I had never played it before. She lives on the other side of the country now, which is hard.
I think I started doing this as I was doing a research project on young people on youtube. They would show you their homes, friends, day to day lives. There was something about it being on video, on seeing people moving and chatting, that seemed a bit more powerful than a photo alone. I have a photograph from that day, I took it with my phone as well.
I even printed it out and stuck it to my office wall.
..but I really like this wee video. It might not be interesting to anyone else, but it reminds me of a happy moment, and it helps when I’m missing her. When I watch it, the video tells the story of a nice afternoon, but also of this important friendship.