journals of dan eldon

anonymous asked:

Do you think journalling is a very girly thing? I'm a guy and I love to write a journal but I'm always afraid someone will find out and make fun of me...

No! Journaling is not a girly thing. A lot of famous male writers kept journals. Like David Sedaris, Franz KafkaJonathan FranzenC.S. Lewis and Ray Bradbury. And don’t forget artists/photographers Dan Eldon and Peter Beard.

This is what David Sedaris said on the importance of keeping a journal:

I’ve been keeping a diary for thirty-three years and write in it every morning. Most of it’s just whining, but every so often there’ll be something I can use later: a joke, a description, a quote. It’s an invaluable aid when it comes to winning arguments. ‘That’s not what you said on February 3, 1996,” I’ll say to someone.”

These are Peter Beard’s journals (he’s in the right corner) :

This is Dan Eldon’s story. His life story inspires me everyday. Dan Eldon was an English-born Kenyan photojournalist, artist and activist. He and three colleagues were stoned to death by an angry mob in Mogadishu in an incident before the Battle of Mogadishu. He left behind a series of journals (17 journals to be exact!!), which Chronicle Books have used to publish three books, “The Journey is the Destination”, “Dan Eldon, the Art of Life” and “Safari as a Way of Life”. 

Here’s a video about his life (you should definitely watch this one):

So no. Journaling is definitely NOT a girly thing. Happy journaling! <3

fr3ckles  asked:

what are some of your favourite journal pictures you've seen on tumblr, like ones that really inspire you? :)

Hard question. I’ve seen A LOT of inspirational pictures of journals on tumblr. There are still a bunch of pictures I haven’t seen yet. Here are a couple of personal favorites from fuckyeahjournalss:

(click on the photo for the post on fuckyeahjournalss, you can find the original source in the link under the photo)

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(Journals by Michael Bierut)

(by Oliver Jeffers)

(by Vagaboardjournals)

This is definitely one of my favorite posts. A 83 year old British gentleman shows off Britain’s biggest personal journal which he’s been writing for 66 years! He has 151 volumes! 151 JOURNALS! Amazing. Here’s a video, it’s an incredible story.

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The story of Dan Eldon also keeps inspiring me. Dan was an English photojournalist, artist and activist. He and three colleagues were stoned to death by an angry mob in Mogadishu in an incident before the Battle of Mogadishu (1993). He left 17 journals behind. At around fifteen, Eldon helped support a Maasai family by buying their handmade jewelry, later selling it to fellow students and friends. It was during this time he started to create journals filled with collages, photographs, and drawings. He often used satire and cartoons as commentary. He kept the journals as personal statements, which he shared with only a few people. Such an inspiration! Watch the video!

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