So, here is an interesting video of a guy who took a picture of himself everyday for twelve years. In about ten minutes you can watch a man pass through more than a decade of his life. What you see is his hair styles change, the rising prominence of his freckles, bags and wrinkles form under his eyes, a beard, and a few other things.
What you don’t see, which I think is really more the point, is what you miss in between each photo. This video spans from 2000 to 2012, and in that time we had three presidents, two wars, and countless other events for this man, Noah.
For example, through most of the the video we see Noah with a clean face until, what I imagine is his late twenties, he begins to shave less regularly. He allows his beard to come in thick, then shaves again until around 5:28 when he stops shaving all together and embraces the beard.
Why? Did he grow out of his boyish face and into a messier but more comfortable style?
As cool as this video is, for the record I think it’s pretty cool, it is one dimensional. Aging is something that can’t be photographed; it is who Noah became in those twelve years. You can’t boil that down into a ten minute video. You have to live it.