I’m a sucker for time-lapse photography, which is why I just love this project by British photographer Zed Nelson, who has captured the same family every year on film for 25 years. As he notes on his site, “I planned the shoots in a formal, almost scientific way. Each year, on the same date, against the same backdrop, under the same lighting, I would photograph the same family. This way there are no distractions, only the miracle of growth and the changes of time and aging.”
The result is a series of photos that I can’t stop looking at or thinking about. Of course, we witness the couple’s son mature from a baby lolling in his car seat to a bespectacled young man standing taller than his father — and it’s astounding to contemplate how this will happen with my own children — but what really struck me was how the parents transformed through the years. We tend to have an image of ourselves in our mind’s eye that doesn’t change, but this series is a reminder to me that my husband and I are currently growing old together, even if we don’t realize it yet.
Click here to view the slideshow and see the family age before your eyes.