Mesmerizing 6.5 Years of Self Portraits Show Much More Than Just Simple Snapshots

Rebecca Brown is a 21 years old filmmaker, artist and a Youtuber (100,000 subscribers and millions of views) from England. For the past 6.5 years she photographed herself (almost) everyday wherever she was each day, and recently compiled it all to one time-lapse video. Aside from showing mesmerizing physical changes, the video tells a touching and interesting story of a teen suffering from disorders and depression​.

The project started in September 12th, 2007 and covers 2,374 days (6.5 years). It's interesting to see the age transformation, hair styles and expressions. But what makes this video into something that is much more than just interesting are the notes popping every few seconds on top of the video. The notes take it from just being "cool" and make it a touching/moving video.

 Rebecca is suffering from few disorders, and 2 of them are very noticeable in the video above. The first disorder is Trichotillomania, which is a complex hair disorder where she feels uncontrollably compelled to tear the hair out strand by strand. The second disorder is Dermatillomania which is an obsessive skin picking disorder. 

Beauty is more than what we see with the eyes. People are more than their conditions. I am more than my hair and skin. This only shows my exterior."

The video was inspired by a Youtube legend and amazing photographer Noah Kalina, who photographs himself for over 13 years now. His first 'photo every day' video became a huge hit on and off the internet, and even the Simpsons spoofed it

Rebecca's video is using the same idea/concept, but telling a totally different story. The notes are adding something very personal, and you get to understand the changes in appearance. You get to understand that not everything is just age transformation, but a lot of it is related to what's going on around her and how she feels or what she thinks about at the time.

If you're interested to learn more about Rebecca and her life story, watch the video below where she (creatively) explains everything about her life, her profession and her disorders and how she's dealing with them.

To see more of Rebecca's videos follow her Youtube channel.  

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12 Comments

Chris Blair's picture

Emotional video, thanks for sharing.

Matt Palmer's picture

MAD respect for this video and the dedication it took to complete a project like this.

Lee Morris's picture

I think this is the best example of these videos that I have seen to date

Jaron Schneider's picture

Loved that.

Kyle Ford's picture

These are always interesting to see how people change physically, but with the emotional element included it was seriously powerful. Great to see her smile towards the end.

Nick Perkins's picture

This article compelled me to sign up so I could leave a comment, having been an anonymous user for some time.

I adore videos like this. Especially with powerful reveals like one this had at the end (I didn't read the article or description first). It takes commitment and bravery to bare your soul to the world and Rebecca has done a wonderful job thus far. I wish her all the best and every strength!

Noam Galai's picture

I watched it the same way, not knowing anything about it going in... it's starts as a simple cool concept, but after a minute or so it starts being very touching and emotional. Crazy to pick into her life through plain images.
And glad you decided to join! hope to see you comment more (and share your work) in the future...

Zach Sutton's picture

Wow, this was really great.

Paul Stonehouse's picture

This was a very moving video, excellent, yet brave work

I actually lost a tear or two on this thing. The raw emotion coming out of it makes it a beautifull thing.
Never mind the courage and dedication it must take to have completed this project. Respect where it is due, and here it is due.

Chelsea Higgins's picture

This was incredibly beautiful. I'm glad it ended on a happy note.

Some of the best Think- Outside- Your- Box- Stuff you've posted in a long time.
Kujos to Rebecca for putting herself out like that, and for having the stomach to do so for so long.
This is one of the reasons why YouTube should be kept around.