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A gorgeous 4 minute video journey from infancy to old age

by | Mar 12, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Coming full circle: The artist skillfully demonstrates the poignancy of growing older in the four-minute video.

Coming full circle: The artist skillfully demonstrates the poignancy of growing older in the four-minute video.

As we have observed dozens and dozens of times, arguably the best way to reach the undecided is to show them the marvelous complexity of the unborn child through her developmental journey–and how what you see at fertilization is not only the same baby you will hold in your hands nine months later but also the same human being as she approaches the end of a long life.

(For me, I am still trying to find the video I saw decades ago that went from a very old person who “aged” in reverse, back to the union of ovum and sperm.)

The Daily Mail, bless its institutional heart, ran a piece a while back about the Korean artist and illustrator Seok Jeong Hyeon (better known as Stonehouse) which linked to a time-lapse video that traced a woman’s life from infancy to very old age, then finishing by flashing back to the drawing of a infant.

There are no words—none are needed–only gentle background music. Your eyes are riveted to this very brief (four minutes) tour of one person’s life.

Subtlety is the hallmark of this tour de force. The slightest changes, accumulating over time…

I couldn’t help thinking of our grandson who is not quite ten months old. The changes in him in just the last month are astonishing. He is almost unrecognizable from the baby we toted around just three months ago.

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At the end, we see the proud grandmotherly figure, her eyes closed, her hands clasped as if in prayer. Then an abrupt reversal and we are transported back in time to this same woman when she was an infant, eyes closed, left hand almost posed under chin.

Take five minutes and go to dailymail.co.uk.

Tip of the hat to lifenews.com.

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