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6.5 Years Of Self Portraits In One Powerful Timelapse

By Paul Faecks on July 6th 2014

Rebecca Brown is a 21 year old filmmaker, artist and she runs a pretty popular YouTube channel with more than 100.000 subscribers and over 1 million clicks. One of her videos has received quite a bit of attention recently. The video below is the result of an (ongoing) project Rebecca started 6.5 years ago: she took a photo of herself almost every day and the resulting time lapse powerfully shows Rebecca growing from a teenager to an adult.

What makes this video particularly inspirational are the different struggles she had during her different phases of her life.Rebecca noticeable struggled from different disorders that were visible on her skin and her hair.


Rebecca suffered from depression, Trichotillomania and various other disorders as the annotations in the video indicates.

She started the big project in September 2007 and 6.5 years late, the time lapse was created with 2,374 photos. As she points out in the video, she’s still taking photos of herself everyday so this video is just a part of what Rebecca will have in a few years if she keeps doing it.

I think it takes a lot of courage to produce a video like this and to share it with the world. At the time of me writing this the clip has already about 1.2 million clicks. Rebecca, I stand in awe of you.

Rebecca now

Rebecca now

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What do you think about this video? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments.

[via fstoppers/PetaPixel, images via screenshots]

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Paul Faecks is a portrait- and fine art photographer, based in Berlin. If you want to check out his latest work, you can do so by following him on Instagram or by liking his Facebook Page

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  1. Michael Chapman

    Good for her, she’s strong and worked through it (probably still is in some ways). All of us have our struggles “behind the mask,” some more serious than others. She was willing to be vulnerable, kudos to her.

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  2. Rambo Estrada

    Powerful stuff!

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