Every now and then one of these projects surface where a parent has manged, through hick and thin, to photograph their child every day for years.
And I think they are just some the most profound works of art to be found.
They are fascinating on a number of levels, not excluding the fact that the parent actually was able to stick to it and keep clicking away for such a long long time. Usually the final videos themselves are only minutes long, condensing so much life, so many obvious physical changes with what we all know must be a zillion personality developments, into such a quick blast of time.
Then, without fail, they manage to yank at our own heartstrings, even as we watch the whip-fast unfurling of a complete stranger’s life, because they end up reminding us of our own kids, and of our own failed attempts to stop the clocks so that we can freeze the greatest years of our lives for eternity.
Hell, these videos melt the ice hanging off of even the coldest S.O.B’s on the net, I’d imagine.
They’re practically impossible to be cynical about.
They kick all irony square in the crotch.
And they simply rule.
This week we are treated to a video from an English father named, Ian McLeod, who, according to an article in the British tabloid, The Mirror, “…has taken a picture of son Cory almost every day since he was born.”
Cory is 21 years old now.
The video moves at a dizzying pace, and although that may make you feel a bit spun yourself, it’s well worth sticking with it as you remind yourself that what the 56 year-old Mcleod has captured isn’t just a swift chronology of his son’s growing up, but also a dazzling bit of homespun cinema that reminds us to take big stock in the current moment with the ones that we love.
Watching Cory’s baby face turn into a boy and then a man, it’s easy for any of us to understand that right now..today…is, in a lot of ways, the greatest day of our damn life.
Info: The Mirror
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