Thursday, April 05, 2007

Watching time fly, literally

I recently stumbled across this short film where the artist took a picture of her face every day for over three years.

It's gotten mixed reviews on the comment thread. People seem to either think it's beautiful or self-indulgent, with almost no middle ground.

I think it's great. I love the idea of watching people evolve and change.

Yesterday, I realized that I have something kind of like that -- 2 pictures of me taken in front of the same background, by the same camera, for the same purpose -- the first on August 7, 2000, and the second on January 22, 2007 -- almost like photographic mile markers. It's not exactly the same as the video because it doesn't have all of the photos in all of the intervening years -- so you miss that feeling of seeing the evolution as it happens.

Still, it's interesting to see the evolution.


jinx protocol said...

I saw that video a while back, and I think it's one of the coolest things I've seen in awhile. I mean, it may be self-indulgent, but how much discipline do you think it takes to do that for three years? I definitely don't.

dara said...

Very true. Forgetting about how pretty it is set to music, with each year flying by in a matter of seconds -- it had to be hard for her to do it every day, holding her head in the same place, with a similar facial expression.

mad said...

Amazing how everything changes except her expression.

DSL said...

Is the music important to the film? I ask because I'm only getting static.

dara said...

Mad: Keeping the same expression every day for three years seems very difficult.

DSL: I personally think it adds something. Try it at home if it doesn't work at work.

matt said...

Have you seen this guy?

Same idea with 6 years of pictures but not necessarily the same background every day. Apparently if you're going to do a project like this, you must have cool music lined up.