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A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart

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How photographers do long-distance relationships.

When best friends Stephanie and Mav had to move apart, the fruits of telecommunication weren’t enough of a bond for them. Instead, the two artists launched 3191 — a photoblog named after the exact distance between their homes. Every morning for a year each of them posted a photo of herself and some other environmental element of her morning, then posted the pictures side by side for a parallel universe in a shared moment. (A project we originally featured nearly three years ago.)

So wonderful was the concept and so artful the photographs, that Stephanie and Mav eventually got a book deal and A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart was born — a worthy addition to our running list of blog-turned-book success stories.

There’s something incredibly poetic about this exercise in remote togetherness that both uses the connectivity of the digital age and defies its traditional communication platforms. A Year of Mornings isn’t merely a beautiful book of photography, although it certainly is that, but also a powerful meditation on impermanence, remembrance and belonging.

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