Man Walks 2,886 Miles, Documents Whole Journey in Self-Portrait Time-Lapse

This is, as they say, an oldie but goodie. Put together all the way back in 2009, this self-portrait time-lapse chronicles one man’s journey walking almost all the way across China on his way to Germany. A journey as much about the physical challenge as it was about self-discovery.

The man in the video is Christoph Rehage, who embarked on ‘The Longest Way‘ the day of his 26th birthday on November 9th, 2007. It was, at its most basic level, supposed to be a walk back home. Rehage is from Germany but had spent a few years at the Beijing Film Academy studying Chinese and Cinematography.

He had already walked almost 500 miles from Paris to Germany in 2003, so the idea to walk back home from Beijing seemed perfectly logical. Documenting the walk by cutting off all of his hair and taking self-portraits, well, that was unique to this trip.


In the end he didn’t make it all the way to Germany. He decided to stop in Ürümqi on October 25th 2008 because, as he describes it, “I wanted to gain back my life. I had to regain control over myself, eliminate the inner boss that was telling me what to do.”

Since 2009, he has done even more walking, once a few hundred more kilometers towards Germany from where he left off, and then another major walk through China (although that one wasn’t documented with either time-lapse or an awesome beard).

To learn a lot more about the journey or the man behind it, head over to Christoph’s website by clicking here.

(via SLR Lounge)

  • philipstd

    this is pretty old, so if you have no news dont post stuff like this please.

  • Tony

    Where does it says is a news blog, it’s about photography (or whatever the owners decide). Sorry but who appointed you censor. I for one like the story.

  • Jake Stewart

    A lot of things are old, and surprisingly, a lot of things are older than 2009. I for one, value things that are old, especially photography. Perhaps you should go find the artist and tell him to take his video down because its pretty old. So please, if you have any such related news, please don’t post it; it’s getting pretty old.

  • Keiran Blackwell

    Wow, really? So if others had missed this from 2009, or any other content from what I’m going to describe as “the past” then those people should never get to see it?

  • george

    Old or not I hadn’t seen it. And really enjoyed it.
    Interesting and well put together.

    I wonder what he looks like now and where he is; still walking the world.

  • Bewar3them00n

    Don’t read it if you don’t want… No ones forcing you,
    The pace of life these days is so rapid, with so much content to filter thru, there’s plenty that slips thru without getting the exposure it should first time round.
    I for one haven’t seen it, so it’s getting some love from me…
    Great video!!!

  • Zos Xavius

    You must be a lot of fun at parties.

  • Daniel Lowe

    Ya know, I sent them a new 6 minute time-lapse a month ago, but they wouldn’t share it. Also, I applied for a writing position, but they wouldn’t hire me. Which is too bad, because I have new stuff to write about. Go figure.

  • jkantor267

    The ultimate evolution of photography will be the life-long selfie.


    This made my day ,ty

  • Syuaip

    great post! thank you

  • RonaldSneek

    If you find a newspaper from 1932 it’s news because you didn’t know. Now back to your dull life nitwit..

  • Anto de Chav

    if the implants in that chick in your avatar get any bigger she’ll need an Anamorphic wide angle to do a selfie..

  • Antoni

    2009 is old now?