One of the best things about the Internet and social media is that it gives us an amazing outlet for sharing our lives and our growth with our friends, family and the rest of the world through pictures and video. Some creative people have shared their growth in a literal sense, through time lapse animations of them growing up, aging and experiencing physical change over time. We’ve compiled a list of ten of the most beautiful time lapse videos of people over time. Check them all out below and let us know what you think!
Year of the Beard
The Year of the Beard was the inspiration for this list. It has been viewed over 362,000 times already since it was uploaded to YouTube just over a week ago. Corey Fauver grew his beard for a year and six weeks and took a picture nearly every day. I really like how he shot it so that it looks like he’s walking up stairs and moving through a hallway. Nice touch.
The Longest Way 1.0
The Longest Way 1.0 also features a guy growing a beard. But it’s about more than a beard. This is about a 4500 km journey, on foot, and I love how you can totally see how the journey changed the subject of this amazing film.
Living My Life Faster
JK took a picture of himself every day for eight years. This is one of the longest time spans for a project of this nature and it really is amazing to see how this guy changed over the years.
Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 6 years
With over 18.5 million views, this is the most popular project of its kind on YouTube. It was also the inspiration for many other people’s time lapse self portrait photography projects.
Me: Girl takes pic of herself every day for 3 years
This video was a Webby nominee and also made it to several film festivals. I love this one because she did such an amazing job of lining her face up in each of the photos. The only thing that noticeably changes from day to day is her hair.
Natalie Time Lapse: Birth To 10 years old in 1 minute 25 sec
Natalie’s parents took pictures of her from birth to 10 years for this video. It really is amazing to see a child grow up during the years where they do such a huge amount of growing and changing. I wish I had a video like this of myself growing up!
141 Day Hair Growth
Like a human Chia Pet, we see this guy’s hair grow for 141 days from a couple of different angles.
Magic – A Belly Grows
This video was done at the end of a series of photographs done throughout the course of a pregnancy by The Panic Room. Pregnancy and childbirth are, of course, one of the most special and memorable times in live (I imagine) and this is a beautiful way to commemorate the experience for yourselves and your children.
A Year Of Lex
And, of course, after pregnancy comes babies! These parents took a picture of their baby every day for the first year. The results are adorable.
Straight Teeth In Under 60 Seconds
This video is a little less “adorable”, but I think it’s amazing nonetheless. Looking at this girl’s teeth at the beginning of the video it’s hard to believe they could ever be straightened. Orthodontistry is amazing, right?
BONUS: Phil takes a photo of himself every day for 2 days
I’m throwing this bonus video in because I think it’s hilarious. This guy took a photo of himself every day….for two…whole…days.