Fun and beautiful video from filmmaker Frans Hofmeester. He filmed his daughter every week from birth to twelve years old, and has edited that video into a two-minute video.
Long days, short years -- the phrase I try to remember in the middle of a frustrating moment of a wailing one-year-old, and the phrase that bubbles up bittersweet when my son closes his eyes and nurses to sleep, quiet after a day of wild motion.
Long days, short years - this video pins that expression into a concrete experience. Time does pass like that.
I love the ritual of this project; I wonder about how it is for his daughter, every week, to sit in front of the same backdrop and be videoed by her dad. I'm finding that in a life with a child (well, in life at all), it can be hard to sustain regular routines outside of the basic ones: eat, sleep, change, play.
I also find her growing expressions and moods fascinating. Those frames where she just gazes, or sometimes glares, at the camera, her inner life evolving and changing as she grows. Especially when you've just seen the wide open eyes of a baby, unguarded, clear, the sudden sullen look of a child makes your heart skip a beat. I know that I tend to overly idealize the value in that crystal clear raw essence of a new human being, but it is just so compelling, and seems to be a place that many creative people are trying to return to.
You can also see the time-lapse video of his son's journey from birth to 9 years old here.