ME by Ahree Lee

Horaa! About a year ago now, when my internet was faster than the DeLorean DMC-12 Time Machine traveling in a vacuum of free space! I used to surf the web for filmmaking tips, short films, inspirational stories, guidelines, forums and pretty much anything film related you can name. Well one time I came across a video on AtomFilms, where a girl by the name of Ahree Lee began taking digital snapshots of her own face every day for three years. That stuck with me and I just came across it again today.

This time-lapse face motif montage has become common on the internet [“Everyday” by Noah Kalina] and I’ve seen a fair few; but this montage in particular is the best. The wicked sound-engineered ambient musical score helps too:

“Each second of screen time you will see amounts to about a week’s worth of pictures”

Since November 2001, I have been taking a picture of myself every day. Put together in a video the days fly by at roughly a week per second, blending together to make a new image that transforms over time. The resulting portrait creates a tension between continuous film image and individual photos brought to the foreground occasionally by stray cropped edges.

Through its flickering instability, “Me” becomes a meditation on image, identity, and ultimately, mortality. This installment covers three years of a long-term project intended to continue indefinitely.

Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest ones, executed through dedication.

YouTube: Ahreelee / Site: Ahree Lee

~ by Fionnlagh on December 30, 2008.

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