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12.5 Years of Self-Portraits by Noah Kalina in 7.5 Minutes


On August 27, 2006, photographer Noah Kalina uploaded a highly influential video to YouTube. Titled everyday, the video was a time-lapse spanning six years of self-portraits showing Kalina staring expressionlessly into the camera. The video has since amassed tens of millions of views, and has spawned countless copycat projects and videos.

Luckily for the Internet, Noah has kept up his daily picture taking, and today he uploaded an updated version of the video spanning 12 years and 5 months. It contains over 4500 daily portraits and runs a little less than 8 minutes in length. This translates to roughly 10 frames every second, and 1 month every three seconds.

Kalina began the project on January 11, 2000, when he was just 19 (he’s 32 now).

The project was actually originally intended to only be a photo project — you can view the giant collection of photos on the everyday website — but Kalina was inspired to turn the images into the original time-lapse video after coming across this video by a girl named Ahree Lee, uploaded to YouTube on August 11, 2006:

everyday was released just 16 days after Lee’s video.