Time-lapse videos that involve inanimate objects can pique curiosity. But those clips that involve humans, or rather a single human, always seem to gain a lot of popularity on the Internet.
Such is the case for a video uploaded last Thursday by Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester. His YouTube post is titled "Portrait of Lotte - 0 to 14 years in 4 min." In the clip, Hofmeester's daughter Lotte grows up before our very eyes.
"I filmed my daughter every week, from birth up until she turned 14 years old [and] then made this time lapse edit," the filmmaker wrote in the video's description. It is currently closing in on a million views.
The time-lapse begins when Lotte is a baby, and spends the first 25 seconds on clips from the first year of her life. Lotte is moving in most of the clips, either laughing or talking to her dad off-camera. At 2 minutes and 10 seconds, Hofmeester switches to a more full-color look, as we see Lotte change hairstyles, switch between eyeglasses, and begin to wear braces.
"She was changing at such a rapid pace, that I felt the need to document the way she looked, to keep my memories intact," the father said on his website, noting that the baby blanket serving as the white background was the only constant throughout the video. "Other people might make a photo book, but I decided to film."
Lotte was born in 1999 and turned 14 on Oct. 28 of last year. Hofmeester also made a similar video of his son Vince, who is 11 years old. That time-lapse covers the first 11 years of his life and has more than 144,000 views.