Zed Nelson is a photographer from London who embarked upon an incredible photo project over two decades ago. The wife of a friend was in the ninth month of pregnancy when he had the idea to do a unique time-lapse: photographing the family every year on the same day. He made a point of making sure that the lighting, backdrop and all other compositional elements stayed constant so that the progress of time and the “miracle of growth” would be truly highlighted.
1991: It started with a baby.
1992: Already standing.
1993: Wow, he’s adorable.
1994: Check out those polka dots. This was definitely mid-90’s.
1995: Come on kid, try to smile.
1996: That’s more like it!
1997: I see we’re back to grumpy.
1998: Apparently, they went through a barefoot phase this year?
1999: Mom kind of looks like Jamie Lee Curtis now, or is that just me?
2000: They’re probably smiling because the Y2K bug didn’t wipe out civilization.
2001: Kid’s getting his own style now (I had the same wallet chains and Limp Bizkit shirt around this time).
2002: Dad’s looking serious with the suit/tie while mom wears Koosh balls on her feet.
2003: Short hair for everyone!
2004: He’s getting taller and taller.
2005: He’ll outgrow them both soon.
2006: Nearly caught up to dad.
2007: Wow, changes all around.
2008: The boy is gone, replaced by a young man.
2009: Everyone looks so trendy here.
2010: Officially taller than dad.
2012: Dad really looks old now.
2013: The last picture. It’s been quite a journey.
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