Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Video Proof That You Can Walk and Grow a Beard at the Same Time

Christoph Rehage spent exactly one year (Nov. '07 - Nov. '08) walking 4646 km through China (Beijing to Ürümqi, past the Gobi desert).

In the spirit of Matt Harding, who famously danced his way around the globe for a series of charming videos ("Where the Hell is Matt?"), Christoph produced this excellent time-lapse video, "The Longest Way," consisting only of daily full-face self-portrait snapshots that enable you to see the variations in his locations -- and the evolution of his hair and beard growth.

It's a simple idea, cleverly executed.

This is not a strict "1 pic a day" video, because I wanted to make it a bit more alive by adding some additional movement. Sometimes during the film you would follow me turning around, or something would happen in the background. I tried to capture these moments to make the video more interesting.

Though his Website, "The Longest Way," was not functioning when we checked (traffic overload?), we'll keep trying to visit to see Cristoph's "extensive travel diary, describing every single day" -- but for now, we think this video succeeds in telling a good story.

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