Time’s Arrow (But Not In A Martin Amisy Way)

I cannot stop looking at this. There’s something about the flatness of the subjects’ affect (apparently a learned pose, which sinks in sometime around age 4) and something about the monumental changes in the kids and the ever-so-gradual changes in the parents that I find absolutely haunting.

2 thoughts on “Time’s Arrow (But Not In A Martin Amisy Way)

  1. What a great site. That woman just gets more gorgeous as she gets older.

    Aging is so awesome when you only think about it from the neck up, eh?

  2. Reminds me of Michael Apted’s UP series of films, which I love: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0473434/

    When the latest, 49 Up, came to a theater in my area last year I rushed out to see it, because I am fascinated to see the transformation in these individuals over a period of years. (The fact that I am only one year older than they are makes it even more poignant, and sometimes disturbing.)

    Even closer is Godfrey Reggio’s short film, Evidence (http://www.koyaanisqatsi.org/films/evidence.php), with pictures of children’s faces during a typical everyday activity — which is only revealed at the end of the film. I saw this again recently at a presentation by composer Phillip Glass, who played live to the film. The effect on the audience at the revelation of just what they were watching was palpable.

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