During Small’s freshman year at
Rhode Island School of Design, she learned of a woman named Martha Madigan who, every year, photographed herself
and her husband next to the same tree.
Fascinated by the idea of repetition, accumulation,
and self-examination, Small began her diaristic
Polaroid of the Day project in 1997.
Tracking emotional variance and physical change,
Polaroid of the Day commanded daily creative output and habitual self-reflection over fifteen years.
With Polaroid’s demise, Polaroid of the Day
came to a temporary halt. “The Impossible Project”
pointed to a possible revival of like-quality instant film,
and so the project teetered along for a few years.
Ultimately Polaroid's patent battle subsided.
Since then, Small finds similar dimension through
daily dream recordings (and the occasional
subway 'selfie' - wand not included).
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