Remember that video “Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 6 years.“? You should — it has nearly 19 million views on YouTube. In it, you watch as photographer Noah Kalina’s face evolves over a yes, six year span. It’s a fascinating and oddly beautiful work of art. And now you can easily do it yourself.
Kalina has helped in the production of a new iPhone app called Everyday. Alongside Adam Lisagor (who you might know from his videos on the web as well — like this one and this one) and developers William Wilkinson and Oliver White, the team has created an app that allows you to take a picture of your face every single day.
Okay, big deal, right? But the genius is in the execution and the end result.
When you first load up Everyday, you’re asked to take a picture of your face. Once you do this, you’re asked to align a grid to where you nose, mouth, and eyes are. This means that for each picture you take, your face can be in the same position — a key ingredient in the original Kalina video. And there’s also an overlay photo mask of your original face picture (which can be switched on and off) to help you align your face. And the real key may be the alert system which allows you to set a time each day to get a Push Notification to take the picture of yourself, so you don’t forget.
Once you’ve compiled multiple pictures of your face, you can create your video with one click (including setting the video speed). And once you do that, you can save it to your camera roll, or send it to Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, or Twitter for the world to see your mildly creepy transformation. It’s so simple and so awesome.
The idea for the app actually didn’t start with Kalina, instead it was Wilkinson who realized last July that the then-new iPhone 4 with the front-facing camera would be perfect for something like this. He mocked up the app he envisioned and showed it to Lisagor, who had coincidentally struck up a friendship with Kalina. The app quickly grew from there.
Naturally, Lisagor has made one of his trademark videos to celebrate the launch of the app. Find that below, and find Everyday in the App Store here — it’s $1.99.