There are many wonderful ways to record our kids’ childhoods, but one dad is creating a masterpiece for his daughter and son.
Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester has captured daughter Lotte’s growth in 15-second tapings each week since she was born. He’s pulled them together in a mesmerising time-lapse video, Portrait of Lotte, showing snippets of her first 14 years. The four-minute video – accompanied by original music from Grammy-winning composer Mateo Messina written specifically for the project – shows Lotte from tiny baby to vibrant young teen.
Hofmeester has done the same for his son, releasing a timelapse video of his first 11 years, Portrait of Vince. It is just as beguiling, showing him grow from baby to cheeky toddler to earnest tween in just four minutes. Both videos end with the same message: “To be continued.”
I am just fascinated by these videos – maybe because they provide a glimpse into the mystery that is growing up, and the realisation that childhood really does go so fast (even without being sped up like this!).