Ian McLeod, a devoted father, poured his love for his son Cory into an everyday timelapse he published back in 2012. He recorded the first 21 years of his son’s life and turned them into a six-minute video. When Cory grew up, he joined his dad’s effort. He added nine more years to Ian’s timelapse, taking it all the way up to his 30th birthday.
Videos like this one from Jordan Wilson fascinate me. For one, having the foresight to start a project like this at the age of 13 is pretty impressive, but to see how our face and structure evolve over the years as we transition from a child into an adult is interesting to see. What’s particularly impressive about this one, though, is how well it’s shot.
Jordan started shooting a selfie a day at 13 years old, long before selfies were all that fashionable, and then repeated the process every day for 15 years in the same position, from the same angle with the same lighting. It makes for a much better and cleaner record than most of the other multi-year selfie timelapses we’ve seen.
Like every year, our team at DIYP has seen plenty of wonderful photo projects throughout 2021. As we’re wrapping up the current year, it’s time to get reminded of all those creative folks we got in touch with and who generously shared their work, stories, and good vibes with us. We have selected the top ten amazing photography projects of 2021… And some honorable mentions, because it was so darn hard to pick only ten!
Anybody who’s followed the work of Felix Hernandez at Dreamphography knows that he loves photographing miniatures. In fact, it’s the vast majority of what he shoots and we’ve covered a whole bunch of it in the past. This time, he’s tackled a subject that’s near and dear to many a gamer’s hearts. Call of Duty.
As usual, he’s taken it to the absolute extreme in each aspect of model making, photography and his special kind of post-work magic. The images were shot using a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and a Canon EOS 1DX Mark III. although he hasn’t said much else about this project’s creation. The behind the scenes photos, though, show the pretty insane attention to detail Felix has for his work.
I’ve heard many parents saying that their kids grow up too fast. And it seems that 20-year-old Lotte Hofmeester has grown up in just five minutes. Well, in his father’s timelapse, that’s exactly what happened!
Dutch artist and filmmaker Frans Hofmeester filmed his daughter Lotte every week over the course of 20 years. He turned the footage into a fascinating timelapse, in which Lotte transforms from a newborn into a young woman right before our eyes.
For the past two years, French photographer Etienne Clotis has worked on a project named ICONIC. This interesting series of photos depicts the iconic people: musicians, painters, actors, fashion designers and many others who marked their era. With great fashion designer and make-up artist, Etienne turns his models into these people, and the resemblance is remarkable.
The appearance of social networks has undoubtedly redefined the notion of friendship. Maine-based photographer Tanja Alexia Hollander decided to get something more from her Facebook friends than just the photos they share online. She set out to photograph all of them in their homes, no matter where they are.
There are 626 people on Tanja’s friends list, and since 2011, she’s been traveling all over the globe to get to know them. She’s been meeting her Facebook friends in person, taking photos of them and sharing real life experience rather than virtual one.
What if you had to the power to bring BTTF’s Delorean into life. Flux capacitor and all? Photographer Felix Hernandez (previously) did just that with a model car. Of course, it’s more than just the model car, I mean, those are around $100 on Amazon, it’s the setting of the car and making it seem as if it hits 88 miles per hour on a table top.
Better yet, all effects were done in camera.
Photographer Rich Johnson is no stranger to Star Wars and space, a lot of his work revolves around space (and some not), but I think it’s safe to say that none of his previous works is as total and as encapsulation as his celebration or Rey portrayed by his daughter.
Rich tells DIYP a little bit about how this wondrous project came to be and how it was created:
Being a huge Star Wars fan, you could imagine my excitement when I took my family to see ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘. As my family and I neared the end of the movie, I realized the character Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) was going to be one of those characters that was going to be awesome all on her own, without the assistance of needless, gender-based dialogue. From start to finish, the focus was on her character, not her own self awareness of reality-based gender limitations.
Since I’m the father of an amazing three year old girl, these characters have become very important to me. I know it’s essential that my daughter focuses on being the best she can be, regardless of the many boxes the world will inevitably try to put her in, and she needs strong female heroes she can look up to. As soon as she watched ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, she was hooked. When the movie hit Bluray she watched it over and over, and Rey has since become her favorite character, all without any parental coercion from me.
The folks at COOPH have 7 Funky Photography Tips for your enjoyment (and no-inspiration-weekends). So if you have nothing planned for the up and coming weekend, or if you want to make your kids fall in love with photography, or if you seek inspiration, those seven ideas will get you going.