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posted by 2bucksplus at 2:15 PM on December 2, 2010 [3 favorites]


...and then one day, Natalie said, "Daddy, I've been talking with the other girls, and their dads don't make them pose for a mugshot every day... what the hell?"
posted by Halloween Jack at 2:18 PM on December 2, 2010 [14 favorites]


I found it on Gawker first so I figured I would just link it from there.
posted by lauratheexplorer at 2:18 PM on December 2, 2010


Maybe the most interesting part about this is watching the evolution of her 'wacky' gestures and how they get smaller and smaller as she becomes more aware of self-consciousness.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:19 PM on December 2, 2010 [28 favorites]


She seems nice.
posted by boo_radley at 2:19 PM on December 2, 2010 [6 favorites]


For some reason I was hoping for the ten years between 30 and 40. I guess I'm just curious at to where all these wrinkles came from and when exactly did they arrive?
posted by dabitch at 2:20 PM on December 2, 2010 [4 favorites]


I found it on Gawker first so I figured I would just link it from there.

Gawker didn't work for me so I linked youtube. I didn't mean to be rude.
posted by 2bucksplus at 2:20 PM on December 2, 2010


They grow up so fast.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 2:21 PM on December 2, 2010 [12 favorites]


Or maybe after taking a photo every day the novelty of wacky gestures is first discovered and then wears off. Great project.
posted by amethysts at 2:21 PM on December 2, 2010


YOU LEAVE ME MY NARROW AND CYNICAL INTROVERT'S VIEW OF LIFE, ALL RIGHT?
posted by shakespeherian at 2:25 PM on December 2, 2010 [4 favorites]


IIRC, there's a Sally Mann photograph titled something like "The last time my kids were willing to pose for me".

It would be neat if the video could end with a 400 Blows-style freeze frame of the kid sulking with the obvious thought "I am never doing this again."
posted by Joe Beese at 2:27 PM on December 2, 2010


Cool, thanks for this.

I just re-listened to this episode of Radiolab ('Time,' S1E2) which has what's basically an audio version this. In the 50s and 60s, a radio engineer made sound recordings of his niece from infancy to age 12, and in 2:12 you hear her go from baby babble to listing her Christmas wishes (which is just precious and hysterical) to becoming a very intelligent-sounding young woman. The last thing we hear her say: "And I've just discovered boys..."

It's a really gorgeous bit of radio.
posted by andromache at 2:27 PM on December 2, 2010 [22 favorites]


My first thought was "OH WOW CONGRATULATIONS YOU DISCOVERED TAKE PHOTOS EVERY DAY FOR TEN YEARS YOU'RE SO CLEVER AND ORIGINAL" but then I remembered I actually love these things every single time and this was no exception.
posted by doublehappy at 2:28 PM on December 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


I read it as Watch a girl age 90 years in 90 seconds, and was disappointed. But now that digital cameras are so cheap, I am sure somewhere someone is on to a 90 year project.
posted by vidur at 2:28 PM on December 2, 2010


At the 1:00 mark, she holds up a note. I can't read it, but I wonder what it says?

"MOM IF YOU PUT THIS ON THE INTERNET I'M GOING TO GROW UP AND PUT YOU IN A NURSING HOME."
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:29 PM on December 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


if you just watch her eyes they look like cartoon reactions
posted by nathancaswell at 2:29 PM on December 2, 2010


Judging by the phrasing of the FPP, I was expecting someone to scare her or stress her out.
posted by brundlefly at 2:29 PM on December 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


For some reason this brought back a lot of forgotten memories for me. Sometimes I can't believe I made it through my childhood.
posted by iamkimiam at 2:30 PM on December 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


It must be pretty depressing when you work on a project every day for ten years and all you have at the end is a frickin' 90 second clip. It's an awesome 90 second clip, mind you, but that's still a lot of work.
posted by afx237vi at 2:42 PM on December 2, 2010


Their big heads shrink so fast...
posted by Auden at 2:45 PM on December 2, 2010 [5 favorites]


I just re-listened to this episode of Radiolab ('Time,' S1E2) which has what's basically an audio version this. In the 50s and 60s, a radio engineer made sound recordings of his niece from infancy to age 12, and in 2:12 you hear her go from baby babble to listing her Christmas wishes (which is just precious and hysterical) to becoming a very intelligent-sounding young woman. The last thing we hear her say: "And I've just discovered boys...

This is great, though I've never been big on radiolab's editing.

My Mum said something the other day that interested me. She said that my brothers and I never used to hesitate when we spoke. We rarely said um, er, &c. (and there are old tapes sort of proving this - though the hesitations slip in their occasionally as we get older) and if we made mistakes we'd simply say something again. There's something to say here re: quick witted funny people, authors, artists, etc. being more like children in that they will get it all out and edit later rather than sort it out in your head and speak the edited product. I gave up editing when I found that the more I repressed my impulse to speak without thinking, the worse my tourette's urges got, but unfortunately I'm not quick witted or creative, just annoying.

I still can't make out what's on the note at 1:00.
posted by doublehappy at 2:46 PM on December 2, 2010 [5 favorites]


Where did they get all those white cardigans?
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 2:57 PM on December 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


They totally skipped a day.
posted by Pantengliopoli at 3:00 PM on December 2, 2010 [5 favorites]


That kid's a spaz.
posted by Pecinpah at 3:01 PM on December 2, 2010


Is it just me, or did she stop smiling for the photos about the same time she was old enough to start school?
posted by namewithoutwords at 3:06 PM on December 2, 2010 [12 favorites]


I am not struck by how quickly she grows into a young woman. I am instead amazed by how beautifully gradual a human being is, even accelerated out of all proportion. I watched ten years of the most rapid growth she'll experience compressed into ninety seconds, and it was still difficult to internalize or recognize the changes.

I've never had kids, but I can now easily understand what parents mean when they wonder when exactly their babies grew into adults, or even have difficulty recognizing that they have.
posted by gilrain at 3:06 PM on December 2, 2010 [9 favorites]


I like how the gap in her mouth from lost teeth gets bigger and bigger starting around 1:03. And how they are back in 5 seconds.
posted by mysterpigg at 3:11 PM on December 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


I think it says "Christ, more OntogenyFilter, really?"

And then her mum smacked her upside the head for being a filthy jaded hispter.
posted by obiwanwasabi at 3:13 PM on December 2, 2010 [5 favorites]


I watched this and I couldn't stop seeing my two year old son in her place. And the whole time I was thinking, "Stop. Stop. Please Stop."
posted by tylerfulltilt at 3:13 PM on December 2, 2010 [11 favorites]


Quite wonderful. Thanks for posting.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:20 PM on December 2, 2010


That's odd the pictures ended at age ten. I would have guessed that she would have reached at least twelve before she absolutely refused to do a single thing her parents suggested.
posted by digsrus at 3:27 PM on December 2, 2010


And the whole time I was thinking, "Stop. Stop. Please Stop."

No, no, no, no. I mean, I understand your emotions. Watching what will inevitably happen in the span of 90 seconds is disconcerting. Hell, I still dream that my girls (now 30 and 32) are 2 or 5 or 10 and I am delighted to see them again at those ages. But the deepest satisfaction is when I sit and talk with them alone or with each other or with their spouses as adults, marveling at their intelligence and poise, and when I watch the younger ones belly grow large with her own little girl and anticipate being her grandpa. It is indescribable.
posted by Mental Wimp at 3:28 PM on December 2, 2010 [19 favorites]


It looks like she is jibber-jabbering constantly from toddlerhood on. It made me rather tired.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 3:30 PM on December 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


Quite frenetic. This is exactly what my six year old looks like during any given 90 seconds of the day.
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 3:40 PM on December 2, 2010 [8 favorites]


she seemed like a good sport about having to pose for a picture every day of her life
posted by lakersfan1222 at 3:50 PM on December 2, 2010


When my daughter was two years old I woke up one night after a nightmare: I had dreamed a flash vision of her being six years old, dashing about the place and talking a lot. It took me a while to calm down and get rid of the cold sweats. Too fast, I thought, it can't go that fast!
Three minutes later, we celebrated her sixth birthday.
She's twenty-one now.
posted by Namlit at 3:53 PM on December 2, 2010 [7 favorites]


It's kind of cool how you see her switch rapidly between quite tan and very pale with the seasons.
posted by peep at 4:06 PM on December 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


I feel bad! because I should be all like "wow, ten years of pictures all lined up like that, what a lot of work put into this project, how cool" and instead my initial reactions were "wow, they kept her in a bib a really long time, like as part of her clothes, weird" and "wow, they let her use a pacifier quite a long time, didn't they".
posted by flex at 4:06 PM on December 2, 2010 [4 favorites]


this is not every day for 12 years. It would be 4,380 images in 90 seconds, or 48+ images/second. Its probably more like once a week, right?
posted by arveale at 4:07 PM on December 2, 2010


bah 10 years

3,650
40+ images/sec

same conclusion
posted by arveale at 4:09 PM on December 2, 2010


Is it just me, or did she stop smiling for the photos about the same time she was old enough to start school?

I think it was more to do with losing her baby teeth. She starts smiling again when the big incisors come in.
posted by Ritchie at 4:21 PM on December 2, 2010





I've never had kids, but I can now easily understand what parents mean when they wonder when exactly their babies grew into adults, or even have difficulty recognizing that they have.

posted by gilrain at 3:06 PM

On the other hand, as an adult, it seems much easier to recognize when your parents start becoming children again.
posted by nickjadlowe at 4:38 PM on December 2, 2010


The thing i noticed was how slowly her hair was growing in (just like my kid!)
posted by vespabelle at 4:40 PM on December 2, 2010


Aw, man, I figured this was going to be a 2g1c reaction vid.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:46 PM on December 2, 2010


I kept wondering if her hairband phase was over and then being like, nope!
posted by SMPA at 5:20 PM on December 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


griphus: "Here's a Japanese dude aging 15 years in 15 seconds. It is not nearly as impressive. "

Haha. I watched that link. And I was pretty unimpressed. But then there were boobs at the end.
posted by Night_owl at 5:59 PM on December 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


you might look at diego goldberg's project as well.
posted by buffalo at 6:08 PM on December 2, 2010


That kind of patience is amazing to me.
When TheKid was first born, I barely managed to get dressed some days, let alone take a photo.
posted by madajb at 6:38 PM on December 2, 2010


"wow, they let her use a pacifier quite a long time, didn't they".

I had that same thought, then I figured they were props, like the toys and Winnie the Pooh that went by.
Can anyone tell what the note says around 1:00?
posted by madajb at 6:41 PM on December 2, 2010


I'm pretty sure the note has a one-letter word like "a" in it, but also possibly a word like "ist". It's really blurry and pale, though. Someone with an editing program could maybe play with contrast to define it better.
posted by Night_owl at 6:56 PM on December 2, 2010


The note says, "NOT MY PARENTS".
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 7:35 PM on December 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


Maybe the most interesting part about this is watching the evolution of her 'wacky' gestures and how they get smaller and smaller as she becomes more aware of self-consciousness.

Also, note how the smile gets more and more faked. Awww, that's kinda sad!
posted by LordSludge at 8:53 PM on December 2, 2010


My daughter's 4. Watching this made me very happy and very sad at the same time.
posted by bayani at 10:51 PM on December 2, 2010


buffalo: "you might look at diego goldberg's project as well"

Honestly, very impressive (I love that they're carrying on with the two older sons' families now).

But also honestly, why are they not only not smiling, but looking incredibly unhappy in so many shots? Are they that depressed about the arrow of time not actually stopping?
posted by yiftach at 11:03 PM on December 2, 2010


Too bad they couldn't have kept going to the point where she gets the facial tattoos and piercings and changes the color of her hair.
posted by kinnakeet at 6:23 AM on December 3, 2010


My favorite youtube comment:

People flail´╗┐ their arms less as they grow older.

Truly sad.

posted by orme at 7:10 AM on December 3, 2010


It must be pretty depressing when you work on a project every day for ten years and all you have at the end is a frickin' 90 second clip. It's an awesome 90 second clip, mind you, but that's still a lot of work.
posted by afx237vi at 4:42 PM on December 2 [+] [!]


Not at all. If I can leave this life, leaving behind one true-good-pure thing I've made, I'll be happy. One real poem, one picture, whatever.

Quantity is not a good measure of quality. 90 seconds is pretty damn good.
posted by fiercecupcake at 7:59 AM on December 3, 2010


Amazing clip. There's one stretch where she's very expressive and hand-gestural and then all of a sudden the solemnity of late childhood hits and arms are determinedly at sides.

Are they that depressed about the arrow of time not actually stopping?

The passage of time is inherently depressing. It's natural.
posted by blucevalo at 8:25 AM on December 3, 2010


And if you want to see Natalie age 5 years in 5 seconds, wait until the day she finds her first bit of cellulite.
posted by MuffinMan at 9:43 AM on December 3, 2010


How is it that she's wearing the same clothing for many, many, many days in a row? Did they just have a special photograph time outfit? Or do lots and lots and lots of laundry?

PS - pretty cool project.
posted by Rarebit Fiend at 9:53 AM on December 3, 2010


How is it that she's wearing the same clothing for many, many, many days in a row?

Pajamas.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:02 AM on December 3, 2010


That was my thought too Rarebit Fiend, but then I realized they had put some thought into he outfit, and probably have "the white photograph cardigan" just waiting for her each day. White to not distract from he face. God knows kids mess up whites in 5 seconds flat, I don't think she was wearing it outside of photograph time.
posted by dabitch at 10:06 AM on December 3, 2010


The white cardigan has a red logo. That and the occasional flashes of a plaid jumper made me assume it was her school uniform.
posted by Flannery Culp at 10:32 AM on December 3, 2010


...although on rewatching, she has a white sweater at much younger ages too, so you are probably right.
posted by Flannery Culp at 10:33 AM on December 3, 2010


I'd imagine something like this is not that uncommon these days - it's so easy to take pictures, upload them into a computer, and put them into a program that will allow for motion. So the only work is sizing them and lining up the eyes... As people pointed out, all you'd need is about a photo per week (even a photo per month would be pretty good) which so many people probably take anyway, since it doesn't cost anything really.

This generation is going to grow up so overdocumented - it must be crazy to have such a reliable storage of all your memories right there on the laptop. I wonder if it'll change people's ideas about memory, since so many things will be pretty "checkable" in a way that isn't true for those of us who only have pictures of special occasions or random events (I know some people's parents were more camera happy than others, but it used to cost money, so there was at least some kind of limit)...
posted by mdn at 11:47 AM on December 3, 2010


The best part for me was that each frame wasn't an attempt to recreate the same pose (which would've been next to freaking impossible given the kid's age anyhow). My brain holding the parts of the image that persisted across the frames (her face), but reading the anomalies in each frame (pretty much the rest of her) as spastic noise, was a really enjoyable visual phenomenon. Thanks!
posted by Rykey at 1:38 PM on December 3, 2010


Can anyone tell what the note says around 1:00?
posted by madajb at 9:41 PM


In case anyone ever visits this post again, I asked JAMagicFilms about the note and he/she just today replied:

My plant is
Lemon-mint. It/is
A Bi-ann yaL.

(translation: My plant is a lemon mint. It's a biennial.)
posted by orme at 12:06 PM on December 14, 2010


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