Let me take you on a multisensory journey through time using my calendar collection. Each calendar has a different theme, so there is plenty to look at, and you can also enjoy the soothing sound of paper through your headphones. With a little imagination it can even be a tactile experience, with you right here with me, able to reach out and touch the calendars.
I have been collecting calendars since 2006. Every year I buy one new calendar, and I have a strict rule never to choose the same theme twice. I love the annual adventure of choosing my next calendar, and I never know what it will be until I've browsed the racks.
I believe collections often reveal something profound about a person. There is always a reason why someone feels drawn to collect one thing rather than another, and to do so in their particular manner. When I was younger I sometimes wondered, "If I collected something, what would it be?", and when I came up with the idea of choosing a different calendar theme each year, I knew that was perfect for me.
Sometimes I like to get out the calendars and share them with houseguests. No matter where people's interests lie, there is always something in one of the calendars that speaks to them, and I love making that kind of connection. I wonder which pages will speak to you. Let me know!
I've thought a lot about how to make a video about my collection, and it seems a perfect theme for a relaxing ASMR video to delight your ears as well as your eyes. So please put on your headphones and turn down the volume until the sounds of paper are gentle and soothing. If you want to, close your eyes and just glance up occasionally, like looking out the window on an overnight train journey as it carries you somewhere wonderful. The April 2015 image ("Phenomenon of Floating" by Rob Gonsalves) represents how I hope to make you feel.
I don't have the experience or equipment to do this properly, but I did my best and hope that, with all my flaws, I did OK. White noise is a concern but I think it's fine as long as the volume is low enough. (Besides, it masks background noises that you're better off not hearing. This ain't a quiet part of town.)
Most of the images in this video are copyrighted, but given the resolution and warping and so on I'd be astonished if anyone minds. I will happily supply information about particular artists and photographers in response to specific queries.
I hope you enjoy coming with me on this journey. All feedback — visual, audio, intellectual, whimsical, whatever — is valued.
LIST OF CALENDARS
0:00:00 Antique Maps (2006)
0:05:31 Outback Australia (2007)
0:10:36 Camouflaged animals (2008)
0:17:46 Australian Birds (2009)
0:24:23 Art by Thomas Kinkade (2010)
0:30:37 Forces of Nature (2011)
0:37:48 19th century paintings of people reading (2012)
0:43:13 Wonders of the World (2013)
0:49:58 Spirit of the Far East (2014)
0:56:30 Art by Rob Gonsalves (2015)
1:01:58 Waterfalls of Australia (2016)
1:09:14 Faeryland / Fairyland (2017)