Ask any parents, and they'll usually say that their kids grow up too quick and they don't know where the time has gone. One minute they're crawling around the floor and learning their first word, the next they're off to college and asking you for more money.
One dad who has quite literally seen this transformation is filmmaker Frans Hofmeester, who has recently shown off the final product of recording his daughter every week of her life for the last twenty years.Hofmeester isn't the only person to try this. Check out this teen's transformation from 14 to 22:
The devoted dad started the incredible timelapse when daughter Lotte was just a baby back in 1999. The Dutch artist explains in the video's description how he shot his daughter in the same style every week for two decades. He writes:
"Lotte Hofmeester from the Netherlands (Utrecht) becomes 20 years old in this film! [...]
"Dutch artist & filmmaker Frans Hofmeester has filmed his daughter's portrait every week from the day she was born for 20 years now. Every week the images are shot in the same style. With this footage he creates time-lapses which show the aging of his children within minutes.
"He wanted to capture the changes because they were happening so fast so he started filming here every week. He made an incredible 'coming of age' time-lapse.
You are witness to one of the most mysterious, profound processes of human life - aging, the process of becoming older and growing up - accelerated into 5 minutes.
Starting with Lotte as a adorable baby, the video goes through her terrible twos, awkward teenage years and ends with her as a stylish young woman. [sic]"
As of this writing, the video has been seen over 1.1 million times and has received over 56,000 likes.Check out Hofmeester's heartwarming video below:
The video description adds how Hofmeester aimed to address each of our own mortalities and the "psychological phenomena of memory and time". To achieve this and keep the footage "honest", he explains the details he stressed upon during the film's creation:
"To better understand the psychological phenomena of memory and time, Hofmeester sought for a concept that could be supported through the mediums of film and photography. The time-lapses confront us with our mortality. In a montage of 5 minutes, the viewer can observe one of the most mysterious and profound processes in human life - to grow up and age. Hofmeester attempts to create and preserve a sense of reality. Thus, the portraits are created without the use of extra make-up or filters - bare, honest, unpolished and uncensored.
"So many emotions in just 5 minutes dictates the whole story of a teenager. [sic]"