“Portrait of Lotte, 0 to 18 years” in 5:37
By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. My family and I will be on our vacation through September 7. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked.
A while back (it seems like just yesterday), we posted a story about Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester who had filmed his daughter, Lotte, every week, from birth up until she turned 12 years old and then made a time lapse video. As the father of three daughters and one granddaughter , I was utterly captivated.
It so happens today that I ran across an update. Here’s the caption/explanation:
Lotte becomes 18 years old in this film! “Subscribe” Dutch filmmaker and artist Frans Hofmeester has been filming his children Lotte and Vince since birth. Every week the images are shot in the same style. With this footage he creates time-lapses which show the aging of his children within minutes.
The first account we headlined, “Birth to Twelve Years Old in 2 min, 45 sec.” The most recent was titled, “Portrait of Lotte, 0 to 18 years” in 5 minutes and 37 seconds.
If you are a parent, you will doubtless think to yourself,” That’s right!” It does seem as if our children grow up before us in a blink of an eye. (Saturday, I ran a 5K with my oldest. She is 35!)
And what jumps out at you is the continuity. While there is gradual, ongoing change, Lotte at birth is Lotte at 18, only bigger, able to make even more comically funny faces, but also far more aware she is being filmed.
I wonder, what if a woman facing a crisis pregnancy were able to see in her mind’s eye a time lapse edit of her developing child—from whatever stage the baby is at the point when she may be contemplating an abortion until the baby is born?
She would see that it really isn’t all that long and that the baby who is tiny and sort of a stranger now will soon be much larger and someone for whom she would give her life.
Please take out 5:37 of your day and watch “Portrait of Lotte, 0 to 18 years.”