At a time and age when people can go down memory lane with just a few clicks, how many of us still make time capsules, or even know about them? Familiar or not with this project, it’s something you should try…how about today?
Strictly defined, a time capsule is “a receptacle containing documents or objects typical of the current period, placed in the earth or in a cornerstone for discovery in the future.” There are three keywords here that should give you an idea about what it involves: “receptacle,” “current period,” and “discovery in the future.”
To put together a time capsule, therefore, you need to gather some objects and memorabilia from the present to put in a sturdy container, then bury it or put it away somewhere for discovery later. For a Lomo Time Capsule, you might want to put there some prints of your best lomographs, print-outs of your best articles, favorite instant photos with your friends, and other analogue mementos like film canisters, film boxes, collages, postcards, a copy of your favorite photobook, and magazine pages. You may even write your future self a letter, something to give an idea about the what things were like at the time you put together the time capsule.
Then, pick a date for opening your time capsule — 5, 10, or 15 years from the present. To finish, proceed to putting your time capsule somewhere in your house or bury your time capsule in your backyard. But, do put a marker that says something like, “Here is a time capsule to be opened on ______.” Make sure you resist the urge to open it before the set date!