12 years ago, right when his daughter Lotte was born, Dutch filmmaker/artist Frans Hofmeester did what most dads do. He got out the video camera and started rolling.
But, unlike most dads, Hofmeester never stopped.
For all of Lotte’s life, he has been filming her, unobtrusively, once a week. He didn’t skip weeks. He didn’t let the project wane when he was busy or just caught up in life.
Instead, the Netherlands father made it his personal duty to make certain that he documented Lotte growing up.
The result, which has gone wildly viral this week (much to the family’s pleasant surprise,) is arguably one of the most extraordinary homemade films ever made about a child’s simple unstoppable course through life.
It’s beautiful and breath-taking. It’s raw too, but in some sort of strange spiritual way. It force feeds time upon the viewer. Watching Lotte change so rapidly from a typically cute young infant into a distinctly unique little girl, and then onward into her preteens, is an exhilarating trip.
I wrote a little bit yesterday about how my own young three year old daughter’s rapid charge forward has been making me reflect on the unstoppable speed of life. Then, as if somebody somewhere was tossing me a bone…telling me that I’m not alone in my Bittersweet Appreciation Society, I found this video made by a dad about my age seeing what I’m seeing, but thousands of miles away.
Anyway, if you haven’t seen it yet: here it is. Prepare to be unprepared.
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