A Canadian teen decided to take a selfie every day when he was 12 years old. Now 19, the stop motion video of his seven year transformation has gone viral.
The 1.34 minute video comprises of around 2,500 photographs in total, speeding through Hugo Cornellier’s transformation from a fresh-faced young boy into a young adult.
“When I started the video it was just a little personal project, a fun little memoir of my life, but I never expected it to blow up like this,” Cornellier says.
He decided to call the lastest video ‘a selfie everyday’ due to the popularity of the term, and it was clearly the right decision: his latest video has three million hits and counting.
“I couldn't believe it when it was 1.5 million. I originally thought it would stop at 100,000, but it just kept going,” says Cornellier, who is studying mechanical engineering.
“I checked the view counter continuously and was amazed every single time. I just saw that it hit 3 million and honestly I can't believe it... and it doesn't even seem like it intends on slowing down.”
He admits the response has been a little overwhelming.
“At this point I have absolutely no idea what is to come. The views could stop now or could keep going... it's incredible for me to see the view count go up by 20,000 every time I refresh,” he says.
“All I can think about is how there are people in every single country watching my video as we speak, watching me grow up. It's absolutely incredible.”
Cornellier says his new-found fame will change the way he takes photos, but only for the better.
“I've been wanting to take more creative pictures and in more different places to improve the video, as well as including more people in the selfies,” he says.
“I also plan on making a how-to video for people to learn how to start a project similar to mine.”
His viral sensation has certainly kept him busy, with enquiries from all over the world on top of planning new video directions.
“Even my parents had to answer in an interview today, so [they have] been busy too! None of us expected this,” he says.
While he’s had some negative feedback, Cornellier takes it in his stride and says most of the comments have been positive.
“While many call it a work of art, other people call it narcissism. I have to acknowledge that with all videos that get a lot of views, there will always be people that will hate! It's no big deal,” says the 19-year-old.
Cornellier told the MailOnline his project started years ago when his dad bought a time-lapse camera and he started playing around with it.
“I'd seen similar videos but I realised no one had done it to document their teenage years. And I thought, ‘I want to create one,’” Cornellier told the publication.
“I knew I was going to change a lot physically in the next few years.”
He’s posted yearly updates on his Youtube channel, originally calling the series a Picture Everyday – but none of the videos have had the same amount of success.
It might seem like a lot of effort to take a selfie everyday but for Cornellier it became a habit, who even photographs while he was on holiday.
Impressively, he reckons he’s only missed around 50 days over the whole seven years.
“Every time I would miss a day, I would feel bad. I would go on holiday and I'd take a camera. No matter where I went, I really just had to do my photo,” he told the British tabloid.
It won’t be the last video we see from this Canadian teen, either.
“I'm going to do it until I get old. The video will be me from 12 until literally wrinkles on my face. Thinking about that is what makes me keep going,” Cornellier said.
“My entire life in three minutes. That's what inspires me to keep doing it.”