The Gradual Made Visible

I’m a sucker for time-lapse sequences. Maybe it’s my inner historian, but I love seeing the effects of time without taking a lot of it. I can still remember the day when I first encountered Noah Kalina’s pioneering 6-year daily photo montage: I contemplated starting down that road myself but I quickly realized that I didn’t particularly care to put forth the effort. I forgot about the genre until about an hour ago.

It was then that I caught Andy Baio link to Dan Hanna’s Photo Aging Project wherein he took two photos a day for 17 years:

HOLY CRAP! That’s some forethought and work. I was impressed. And so I started looking for similar, though less-formidable, videos. Boy did I find them!

[Programming note: I’m really torn between just providing links to the videos and actually embedding them inline. If I put them inline, then this is going to be one slow loading and long-ass entry. But if I just link to the video, then you’re going to be a-clicking all day. I wonder which one I’ll choose.]

I left off the countless parodies, which were often funny. I think they’re strangely compelling because the subjects are real people—not a seedling, for example—and they have the nostalgic appeal of a yearbook with the intervening, gradual tweening that’s normally missing.

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