Man Records Yearly Status Update for 35 Years And Plays Them Backwards

Every year for 35 years, Sam Klemke shot a status update video of himself and he recently cut them all together into a single video, moving backwards through time and showing himself growing younger with each passing decade.

Sam Klemke is fascinated with time and has a fixation with “the now”, and so he has chronicled his life with video over the last 35 years.  Every year, Sam shot a status update video of himself and he recently cut them all together into a single video, moving backwards through time and showing himself growing younger with each passing decade.  The video is currently going viral on YouTube, with over 313,000 views so far.

19-year old Sam Klemke explains his project in a 35-year old film clip at the end of his viral hit.  He says, “This is the first entry of a new project of mine—an annual personal status report.  I’ve decided to make an annual yearly film summary of each year as I live through it with reflections of each year as I live through them and my life as a whole.”  19-year old Sam said, “The purpose of all this is to stimulate growth and improvement year to year.”

Over the past few years we’ve seen a trend on YouTube of videos that show the passage of time.  Most consist of people taking photographs of themselves every day for a year or more, and there is even an iPhone app that can help you make this sort of photo-a-day time-lapse videos.  However, what makes Sam Klemke’s video unique is that it not only spans three and a half decades, but it also gives us a glimpse into his personality and mood throughout the years, since he speaks directly to the camera.

I wish I had had the foresight to put together something like this for myself.  But I guess it’s never too late to start!  It doesn’t take much time to do this sort of project.  Instead of having to take a photograph of yourself every single day, you just have to make a short video clip once a year.  What do you think about Sam Klemke’s project?  Would you consider doing something like this yourself?

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.