the diary project:
volume one


Cover image by Amy Krimm ~ Article by Cia Mangat


Every piece of writing or art has got to start somewhere. Although it may seem like that article you just read or that instagram post you just bookmarked started out as perfect and came out of nowhere, it’s far more likely that it sprouted as an idea in a journal or diary of some sort. In fact, plenty of the work that you see here at Risen began in a journal. Instead of focusing on the end result, I’d like to draw your attention towards where these ideas were born and bred; to peek behind the scenes, if you will.


Despite this, it doesn’t mean that diaries are exclusive to the purpose of brewing ideas for future projects: there’s something wonderful about the feeling of writing or drawing for no purpose whatsoever. Having kept various kinds of diaries on-and-off for most of my life, I think it’s fair to say that I’m rather drawn to the idea of keeping one. I feel like diaries are the sort of middle ground between keeping all of your ideas in your head and turning them into concrete realities. They strike the perfect balance between being real enough to be visual and being intrinsically personal. To me, the pages of my diaries have often felt like a sort of private dream-world that also exists on paper.  


Although there’s a part of me that wants to think of my diary as wholly personal to me and me only, I often find myself slipping into the mindset of writing for an audience. I don’t know if that’s because I’m used to writing relatively personal essays for other people to read, or because of the rise of series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid when I was younger. I’m somewhat envious of people who can express their emotions - good and bad - on paper. Especially if they can make it look pretty while doing so.  


I don’t think that journals always have to be the ‘Dear Diary, Today I did…’ sort. I’ve often wished that I was the sort of person who could document their daily life properly so that my seventy-year-old self can dwell upon specific events with my teenage diary in hand, but I can’t bring myself to do it. I’m not sure if I want any record of my days. At the same time, however, I do quite like the idea of keeping record of certain events. Even if they’re not particularly important or significant.


Over the past month or so, I’ve gathered scans of all sorts of diaries via social media. Some of these scans are my own, some are by Risen members, some are from old friends and others are from complete strangers. Originally, I attempted to order these diary entries - I wanted to categorise them into neat groups. After reading through each entry in detail, I’ve now realised that there’s no point in doing so. In order to credit each of the contributors to this project, I've captioned each image with their instagram handle.



@cjcalanday

@cjcalanday
@avarlkey

@avarlkey

@cloudsalad

@cloudsalad

@thealphina
@uhhhdele

@uhhhdele

@uhhhdele

@uhhhdele

@foyoutboy



@krimmeldimmel

@krimmeldimmel

@krimmeldimmel

@krimmeldimmel

@krimmeldimmel


@thealphina

@thealphina


@probablycia

@probablycia

@probablycia

@probablycia









2 comments:

  1. omg this project is so fantastic, i feel like i've picked the brains of so many just from single diary entries :0 <3

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  2. this is such a great project !!!! i love how unique each diary entry is , this as been my fave article so far !

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