Growing up on filmApril 23, 2012 @ 12:12 pm
Frans Hofmeester has filmed his daughter Lotte every week of her life. This past week, he compiled a chronological collection of clips from 12 years' worth of videos and posted it on his website. It's causing an Internet sensation. Lotte's 9-year-old brother Vince is now getting the same fatherly treatment.
I'm partial to this film experiment because I did something similar a couple of decades ago when my daughters were first born. I took a photo of my first daughter every day of her life for five years. I did the same thing for my second daughter ... for two years straight. I've also interviewed them over the years on a semi-regular basis, primarily because I think it will be fascinating (for me and for them) to see what they were like at various stages of their lives.
But I must admit I second-guessed myself every so often. Was I taking advantage of my kids? Was I somehow warping them by doing this? Was I in danger of turning them into media-hounds, girls who lived for attention and nothing else? Or might it have the opposite effect, making them unnaturally shy and excessively private? Who knows?
Finally, what does a parent like me do when his daughter all of a sudden says she doesn't want her picture taken? I simply stopped. After all, "no" means "no."
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