12.5 Years of Daily Self Portraits [VIDEO]

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6 years ago Noah Kalina posted a video to YouTube that blew people’s mind – six years of self portraits put together into a video. The video was viewed over 23,000,000 times and was featured all over the place.

This week Noah posted a new video – this one takes the shots of the first video and adds another 6 years of self portraits to it! 12.5 years of daily self portraits with 4514 images! Here it is!

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  • The idea of the project is pretty cool – I’ve seen others done but on a much shorter scale. While you have to admire the dedication and time it took to compile all that – even the first 6 years video ran for over 5 minutes. When the picture doesn’t change that much from beginning to end, and it’s basically the same thing over and over, it started to get repetitive, and I found myself less interested.

    Another 5 minutes added on? Hmmm….not sure that’d be in my “must-see” list…

  • Amazing dedication or a 365 taken to the extremes!

  • barbara

    there is something terribly intimate about this…

  • BattleButterfly

    Extreme dedication but the music behind it was creepier than necessary in my opinion. It almost seemed like it was gonna be one of those stupid videos where someone pops out randomly and scares the crap out of you…
    I do admire the dedication, though.

  • Sandeep

    Jeez, call me whatever but looked tasteless and fake. The eye expressions were same, the lips were same color and shape. The light in the eyes are at same spot everytime. REally 12 years ? May be.

  • Leo Ray Ingle

    Besides the obvious, the video is a brilliant visual commentary on the passage of time and on growing older. What a document if the photographer continues till the day he dies, or as close as he can physically get to that, hopefully distant day.

  • canute

    what an asshole

  • Leo Ray Ingle

    King Canute the Great was told by his courtiers that Canute was “So great, he could command the tides of the sea to go back”. So Canute had his throne carried to the seashore and sat on it as the tide came in, commanding the waves to advance no further. History records that they did not.

    Canute, it took16 keystrokes to enter your pithy comment. It’s taken Noah Kalina hundreds of hours to make a photographic record that received over 23 million hits on You-Tube when first published.

    Who is the asshole, when you crap on another’s work?

  • Olcay

    I agree 100% with leo ray ingle, nothing more to say “Canute, it took16 keystrokes to enter your pithy comment. It’s taken Noah Kalina hundreds of hours to make a photographic record that received over 23 million hits on You-Tube when first published. Who is the asshole, when you crap on another’s work?”

    Noah, it is amazing, what a dedication…

  • David

    to watch it, not simply see it, but to really watch it.
    its like sharing a breath of air with someone else.
    looking closely you will see so much more than just
    dedication to continue.
    the music was a choice and reflects much to his steady approach
    to the end of his time.
    what better way to cherish each day
    yet be well aware of the end growing steadily closer as time moves on.
    the sheer rapidness of the end as it approaches
    and yes another 5 minute? a mere 5 minutes?
    omg like 5 minutes is EXACTLY how fast our time passes by!
    does that 5 minutes seem long to you?
    how does your last 10 years feel? like 5 or ten minutes? I say YES! much to fast!

  • steve

    @ leo Ray Ingle: On the contrary, King Canute was demonstrating that no man, not even a king, could command the tides.

  • Leo Ray Ingle

    I appreciate your correction, Steve. I wrote: “So Canute had his throne carried to the seashore and sat on it as the tide came in, commanding the waves to advance no further. History records that they did not.”

    What I had meant to say was not that “History records that (the waves) did not (advance???)”, but had I had my morning coffee, I might have written what I meant to say: “History records that (the waves) did not OBEY HIM!”

    Dictators and monarchs only have the delusion that they have that power.

    Thanks.

    Leo

  • Leo Ray Ingle

    Your poetry is both elegant and true, David.

    Leo

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  • Leo Ray Ingle September 18, 2012 05:30 am

    Your poetry is both elegant and true, David.

    Leo

  • Leo Ray Ingle September 18, 2012 05:27 am

    I appreciate your correction, Steve. I wrote: "So Canute had his throne carried to the seashore and sat on it as the tide came in, commanding the waves to advance no further. History records that they did not."

    What I had meant to say was not that "History records that (the waves) did not (advance???)", but had I had my morning coffee, I might have written what I meant to say: "History records that (the waves) did not OBEY HIM!"

    Dictators and monarchs only have the delusion that they have that power.

    Thanks.

    Leo

  • steve September 18, 2012 01:12 am

    @ leo Ray Ingle: On the contrary, King Canute was demonstrating that no man, not even a king, could command the tides.

  • David September 14, 2012 07:57 pm

    to watch it, not simply see it, but to really watch it.
    its like sharing a breath of air with someone else.
    looking closely you will see so much more than just
    dedication to continue.
    the music was a choice and reflects much to his steady approach
    to the end of his time.
    what better way to cherish each day
    yet be well aware of the end growing steadily closer as time moves on.
    the sheer rapidness of the end as it approaches
    and yes another 5 minute? a mere 5 minutes?
    omg like 5 minutes is EXACTLY how fast our time passes by!
    does that 5 minutes seem long to you?
    how does your last 10 years feel? like 5 or ten minutes? I say YES! much to fast!

  • Olcay September 14, 2012 05:28 pm

    I agree 100% with leo ray ingle, nothing more to say "Canute, it took16 keystrokes to enter your pithy comment. It’s taken Noah Kalina hundreds of hours to make a photographic record that received over 23 million hits on You-Tube when first published. Who is the asshole, when you crap on another’s work?"

    Noah, it is amazing, what a dedication...

  • Leo Ray Ingle September 14, 2012 08:25 am

    King Canute the Great was told by his courtiers that Canute was "So great, he could command the tides of the sea to go back". So Canute had his throne carried to the seashore and sat on it as the tide came in, commanding the waves to advance no further. History records that they did not.

    Canute, it took16 keystrokes to enter your pithy comment. It's taken Noah Kalina hundreds of hours to make a photographic record that received over 23 million hits on You-Tube when first published.

    Who is the asshole, when you crap on another's work?

  • canute September 14, 2012 07:41 am

    what an asshole

  • Leo Ray Ingle September 14, 2012 03:53 am

    Besides the obvious, the video is a brilliant visual commentary on the passage of time and on growing older. What a document if the photographer continues till the day he dies, or as close as he can physically get to that, hopefully distant day.

  • Sandeep September 14, 2012 03:03 am

    Jeez, call me whatever but looked tasteless and fake. The eye expressions were same, the lips were same color and shape. The light in the eyes are at same spot everytime. REally 12 years ? May be.

  • BattleButterfly September 10, 2012 01:17 pm

    Extreme dedication but the music behind it was creepier than necessary in my opinion. It almost seemed like it was gonna be one of those stupid videos where someone pops out randomly and scares the crap out of you...
    I do admire the dedication, though.

  • barbara September 10, 2012 09:41 am

    there is something terribly intimate about this...

  • Gary Paakkonen September 10, 2012 05:50 am

    Amazing dedication or a 365 taken to the extremes!

  • Jason September 9, 2012 01:29 pm

    The idea of the project is pretty cool - I've seen others done but on a much shorter scale. While you have to admire the dedication and time it took to compile all that - even the first 6 years video ran for over 5 minutes. When the picture doesn't change that much from beginning to end, and it's basically the same thing over and over, it started to get repetitive, and I found myself less interested.

    Another 5 minutes added on? Hmmm....not sure that'd be in my "must-see" list...

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