By Dave Andrusko
The Daily Mail, bless its institutional heart, recently ran a piece about the Korean artist and illustrator Seok Jeong Hyeon (better known as Stonehouse) which linked to a time-lapse video that traced a woman’s life from infancy to very old age, then finishing by flashing back to the drawing of a infant.
There are no words—none are needed–only gentle background music. Your eyes are riveted to this very brief–four minutes–tour of one person’s life.
Subtlety is the hallmark of this tour de force. The slightest changes, accumulating over time…
I couldn’t help thinking of our grandson who is not quite 21 months old. The changes in him in just the last month are astonishing. He is almost unrecognizable from the baby we toted around just a few months ago and who now races around the room chasing his sister.
At the end, we see the proud grandmotherly figure, her eyes closed, her hands clasped as if in prayer. Then an abrupt reversal and we are transported back in time to this same woman when she was an infant, eyes closed, left hand almost posed under chin.
Take five minutes and watch the video.