Come and say hi!
First off, I want to thank Noah Kalina for inspiring me to begin this Smile Everyday journey. Check him out here: http://www.youtube.com/NK5000
Although I do share this story in the "Behind the Story of Smile Everyday" I'm just gonna go ahead and share it down here in the video description as well.
I remember the night I was cruising YouTube and next thing I know I was sucked into the video vortex of just clicking and clicking on more videos then related videos of those videos and so on... (you know you've been there) and it wasn't long before I somehow stumbled across a video of Noah Kalina titled "Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 6 years." and at first I really didn't think much about it but about an hour later I started thinking "what if"... "what if I were to start doing something like that??" ..."where would I start?" ...and many questions like that crossed my mind.
I had certainly never done anything like it before but I found the app Noah promotes called "Everyday for iPhone" and literally decided to start the next day! But because I wanted to put my own swing on it a little, I thought doing something more intentional like smiling would be a good idea and a good habit in general to practice taking time to stop everyday, even if only for a minute or so and shift my focus to something I could smile about. I mean for the most part I feel I'm pretty centered in gratitude but I find as humans our minds can easily drift away to weird places to find plenty things not to smile about if we don't consciously make an effort to redirect it ...so I wanted to reverse engineer that in my own life.
And if you're wondering, YES. I did forget a couple days to take a picture during the year. And to make up for it I just extended the year mark until I reached the full 365 photos. (which is the exact number of photos in this video)
The stop motion in the very beginning of the video is actually my first time doing stop motion which was a lot of fun!
If you want to laugh, I encourage you to watch the video and press pause periodically to see some of the individual shots since watching in full speed they only hold for about 3 frames a piece. There are some funny and wacky ones in there! Haha.
I'm not sure how long I plan to continue doing it for but I foresee for many years to come... I mean... WHY NOT!? :D
I do sincerely hope that the video has inspired you or empowered you or touched you in some way that makes you smile or consider making more of an effort to shift your focus into gratitude on a daily basis. I mean if not, that's okay too. I can remember when I was a teen not actually wanting to smile very often or be super positive about life in general. So if that's where you're at, by all means, every stage of our life serves a purpose. For me what happened is at some point I began to realize that the happiness and joy that so many people elude to often is actually a choice we get to make everyday... it started changing my life, a little bit at a time. Until I got to the place where I am now which is super high on life and trying to make the biggest impact I can with the limited time I have here.
Everyday for iPhone
(just in case you're wondering how I kept my face in a similar place)
Music licensed from:
"World In Your Hands" by Olive Musique
Wikipedia's definition of Time-Lapse Photography:
Time-lapse photography is a technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much lower than that used to view the sequence. When played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. For example, an image of a scene may be captured once every second, then played back at 30 frames per second. The result is an apparent 30-times speed increase. Time-lapse photography can be considered the opposite of high speed photography or slow motion.
Processes that would normally appear subtle to the human eye, e.g. the motion of the sun and stars in the sky, become very pronounced. Time-lapse is the extreme version of the cinematography technique of undercranking, and can be confused with stop motion animation.
William Wilkinson, Oliver White, Noah Kalina, Adam Lisagor, Noak K Everyday, 1 photo everyday for an entire year, guy takes picture of himself everyday for one year, JK Keller, Living My Life Faster - 8 years of JK's Daily Photo Project, Everyday is a viral video produced by New York photographer Noah Kalina. It features a fast montage of thousands of pictures of Kalina spanning a period of six years all played sequentially.