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A time-lapse portrait of Lotte, 0 to 20 years in 5 minutes

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Watch a baby grow into a 20-year-old in just 5 minutes. Filmmaker Frans Hofmeester recorded video of his daughter Lotte almost every week for two decades.

The original Portrait of Lotte: 0 to 12 years, an incredible time-lapse in 2.5 minutes, went viral quickly after it was linked on Reddit. Hofmeester also documented his son’s growth. In The Guardian in 2012, Hofmeester writes:

When Lotte was born, she was changing at such a rapid pace, and I was desperate to keep the memories intact. As any parent knows, the difference between a child at two days old and two months old is startling… This is the most photographed and filmed generation ever, but what are we actually doing with these pictures? They just sit in a file on the computer. I wanted to try and convey the essence of my children, of how they look to me…


One of the reasons that the project has had such an impact, I think, is because it’s very moving. People are touched by it because it conveys a feeling of the soul. They’ve written to me about their own children. The film makes you realise what life is about, in a direct way… It carries a message about living your life, and enjoying every moment of having your children with you.

Lotte at 20
Previously: Irina Werning’s Back to the Future.

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