I don’t know anything about the software that allowed these videos to be created but the result is hypnotizing. Familiar faces age fifty years in a matter of minutes. It is simultaneously uplifting and angst-inspiring.
I’ve shown these to a few people and the emotions are visceral and nearly universal…
Watching the years race by we cannot help but ponder our own aging process. We are gripped by the urge to press pause at a certain image that is youthful or charismatic. And later we pine to rewind when it’s clear the best years have passed. But instead our minds fast forward to the inevitable conclusion we all must face. And when the present day is reached and the image freezes there is relief. And an appreciation of the time that remains. Existential crisis has been averted!
It sounds a bit dramatic but watch the links below and see if you don’t feel the same. Self-preservation and body image are the most basic of instincts. It’s the human condition. Our default programming is a constant state of denial.
We don’t often ponder our own existence because it’s so uncomfortable. But I think it’s healthy to do so once in a while. We all get old – hopefully with the same grade and dignity as these familiar folks.
How would you feel about a video like this with your own photos? Watch a few from the playlist before you decide.
The Amazing Evolution of Mic Jagger (most changed)
The Majesty of Jimmy Page (aged most gracefully)
Carrie Fisher Through the Years (most beautiful over 5 decades)
David Bowie is a Unique Chameleon (mesmerizing 3-D effect)