Brilliant idiot turns 16 years of selfies into epic time lapse [VIDEO]


He calls himself an idiot… we’d say he’s brilliant.

You’re featured in some devastatingly awesome photobombs. You’ve mastered the art of the duckface. Your front facing camera skills put the Selfie Stick to shame. Brag all you want… you’re a rookie compared to this guy who took 16 years of selfies and compiled them all into one mind-blowing video.


He calls himself an idiot (probably to generate more clicks) but I’d say moreso a self-depracating genius. It takes a lot of foresight and vision to start such a project before mobile phones were popular. Heck, before modern day selfies were invented.

The photos are creatively compiled on his site, allowing you to experience them in different ways:

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His name is JK Keller and here are some interesting facts from this truly interesting project:

  • He used Adobe After Affects Image Stabilization Plugin to maintain consistency across photos
  • The project started out of spite when his girlfriend mocked his expensive purchase (Nikon Coolpix 900) by sarcastically asking, “Are you going to use it every day?”
  • He was 22 years old when he started the project on October 1st, 1998
  • He plans on continuing the project (and updating the videos) until the day he dies
  • He doesn’t smile so the images are objective and similar across days, months, years, and decades
  • There is 8 months of missing data during which time JK was a janitor in Antarctica. This is not a joke.

Now this is a guy with whom I’d like to sit down and have a cup of coffee. It’s one thing to have the idea, it’s another thing to start it, but consistently keeping at it for 16 years without some overarching motivation besides self interest? This is a real artist at work.

That being said, JK readily admits that he’s not the first to pursue such projects and acknowledges he won’t be the last. He has even compiled a list of related photo projects for those who enjoy his own.

Do you now feel inspired to dream up a project of long-term creativity of your own? Because I sure do…

Rob Jackson
I'm an Android and Tech lover, but first and foremost I consider myself a creative thinker and entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for ideas of all sizes. I'm a sports lover who cheers for the Orange (College), Ravens (NFL), (Orioles), and Yankees (long story). I live in Baltimore and wear it on my sleeve, with an Under Armour logo. I also love traveling... where do you want to go?

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  1. Meh

  2. Long term creativity? I can’t even drag myself to the gym on a routine basis.

    I wonder if the mocking girlfriend is now a wife, doubtful since he had to go to Antarctica.

    1. Maybe she is, could explain his venturing to Antarctica

    2. Maybe your long-term creativity should be inventing a product that makes you want to desperately go to the gym on a routine basis. #rhetoricalquestion #dontpostyourideas #scaredoftoomuchnsfw

      1. Haha. Google Now already makes an attempt at this by mapping my route to the gym. Since they bought that new scheduling app I expect them to be a bit more pushy. I can embellish in laziness for now.

    3. I’d love to go to Antarctica. Then I’d have been past both the arctic and antarctic circles.

  3. More than enough data for the NSA, Google, Apple, MS, and everyone interested to train facial tracking on this guy.

    Perfect data for Microsoft’s age guesser to train itself on

    Regardless of all that: KUDOS to this guy! Awesome, wish I did this when it was still somewhat original. 16years ago…man I was an idiot back then, this guy is clearly a genius :D

  4. #callsthisguyanidiotandyetthinksflamethrvsphonesisreallycool

      1. You already posted this bruh.

        1. And I will continue to do so until people realise that hashtags suck and that posting them here doesn’t do anything except make you look like a tool who buys into social media too much.

          No one will search anything or find your hashtags or anything if you put hashtags on this comments section. It’s not linked to Twitter in any way and consequently there’s no point in putting hashtags in these comments.

          Use them somewhere else where they actually do something, at least, and prevent Phandroid from becoming the next (mini) Facebook/Twitter.

          1. I think in this case FortitudineVincimus’s comment was tongue-in-cheek.

          2. Regardless, hashtags need to go, both here and everywhere except Twitter (maybe).

            They’re annoying even on Twitter and useless as well outside of it.

          3. Welp, good luck with the effort. IMO they’re here to stay. Twitter is quite large around the globe. It’s difficult to imagine this hashtag trend reversing anytime soon seeing as how people use it with dozens and dozens of different languages.

            I never use em anyway so they’re not much of a bother to me. I just scroll on through and carry on.

          4. %reposts, Durin123, and %self. You are spamming, or at least flooding the boards.

          5. %complaints

  5. Just checking in. It’s been a few years since I’ve been to this site and yep… it’s not only gone downhill. It’s hit rock bottom.

  6. Worst mustache ever…

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