Fam­ily fo­cus

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Web -

WITH printed pho­tos now a thing of the past, there are new ways emerg­ing for par­ents to make au­dio and vis­ual records of their chil­dren’s birth­days, achieve­ments, and other mile­stones.

Some par­ents take snaps on their cam­era phone and email them to fam­ily. Oth­ers up­load them to Face­book for fam­ily and friends to see, while oth­ers take pho­tos or video clips and mon­tage them into time- lapse videos to be up­loaded to Youtube.

Time- lapse videos show us quickly what nor­mally hap­pens slowly over a long pe­riod of time; for ex­am­ple, your baby’s first years.

While you may not want to com­mit to a daily snap­shot or video, weekly is more achiev­able and the re­sult is a poignant por­trait of change.

Proud Dutch fa­ther of two Frans

Hofmeester gained global at­ten­tion this month via CNN, Jay Leno and so­cial me­dia sites for his two videos Birth to

12 years in 2 min. 45 sec­onds and Birth to 9 years in 2 min.

The films are video por­traits of his chil­dren grow­ing up be­fore your eyes; Lotte and her brother Vince, both filmed briefly ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing and mon­taged to­gether for Youtube.

Now field­ing in­ter­views with TV and ra­dio sta­tions, Hofmeester and fam­ily have found some in­stant fame with their videos shared on so­cial net­work­ing sites.

‘‘ Other peo­ple might make a photo book, but I de­cided to film,’’ he said. ‘‘ This is the most pho­tographed and filmed gen­er­a­tion ever, but what are we ac­tu­ally do­ing with these pic­tures? They just sit in a file. I wanted to try and con­vey the essence of my chil­dren.’’

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