Time Lapse Family Photo (1976 - 2005)
idea: take daily self portrait. make some rules regarding the photo that will enable flexibility of location, lighting, camera gear, etc, so that the photo can be taken within a reasonably tight specification regardless of time or location, every single day… also make rule regarding the timing of the photo - e.g. at least 12 hours between photos, but not necessarily every day on the day. a rule for logging the photos should also be made. maybe also a rule for GPS logging? One year of photos at 25 fps gives you 14.6 seconds of video. 50 years of photos at 25fps gives you 730 seconds, or just over 12 minutes.
There is also the film Time Piece (1980 - 1981) by Tehching Hsieh, which I first saw at Camera Obscura film night curated by Daniel Heckenberg and Kier Smith at Lan Franchi’s in Sydney.
Not too long after seeing this, I had a minor bicycle accident where I grazed my hand, taking a large coin-sized chunk of skin off my palm. I took photos as regularly as possible while the wound was healing, and came up with 20 or 30 seconds of video, but unfortunately I lost the results due to a hard-drive crash.
other cool vaguely related links resulting from a quick google for time lapse video
Étienne-Jules Marey used photography to study human movement
Tommy’s Beard is a flash site where you can watch or control the timeline to see Tommy’s beard grow, and also turn his head using a slider.
update: Mark Reid sent me a link to Jonathon Keller’s daily photo project, where he has been taking a photo every day since he was 22 in 1998! great work. and yes, he tried making video of the photos, but it took too long to align his eyes as a focal point. Maybe that task could be automated.