Very long-term timelapse projects such as this have started popping up more and more lately. Given the time when such technology became available that we always had a camera with us in our pockets, it’s not surprising. It was around 8 or so years ago that we started to see not-completely-terrible cameras appearing in our phones.
Most of the projects like this that we’ve seen so far, though are made by men. This one, though, isn’t. It’s been created by a design student who goes by the name Eadington. She says that she was inspired to start the project after seeing some other selfie-a-day projects. and it’s mesmerising to see the dramatic change in appearance from such a young age until now.
“When I started the project there were a couple viral videos of the same nature already out there, though many of the ones I had seen were guys, so I was interested in how it would be if a girl did it,” Eadington told the Press Association. She says that she didn’t like the way she looked at 14, and wanted to keep a lot of where she came from. She wanted to be able to look back on where she was and feel better about where she is in the future. She now believes she can do that.
I think such long-term projects from a young age are fascinating, regardless of the gender of the subject. To see the change in facial structure, skin tone, and how we present ourselves to the world as we grow is an intriguing topic.
She first started posting her timelapses to YouTube two years ago, covering the first six years. Then last year, the first seven years. Now, the first eight. I say the first eight as Irish Examiner reports that she has no plans to end the project.
She says she hopes it will “continue to motivate me to improve myself”.
I’ve heard similar stories of self-reflection from vloggers, too. The more they see themselves on the other side of the camera, the more they get to understand how other people see them. It allows them to improve themselves to become the person they really want to be.
[via Irish Examiner]