4 "One Picture Every Day" Videos That Will Change You Forever

Categories: The Intertubes

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The ability of average people to make a video that can instantly be seen by almost anyone all of the world is simply mindblowing. One day you're singing into a camera and uploading it and the next you're Justin Bieber. The world is literally a stage for anyone that wants to step on up and try for his 15 minutes.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with chronicling the world's most adorably stupid cat or showing off the music video you did for a rap song about The Oregon Trail plus robots. Everything is on the table. Then there are some people who use YouTube as a canvas to paint a work of indescribable art.

There are hundreds of videos out there where people take a picture of their face every day in order to show themselves aging and changing. Neat as those are, they have nothing on these four incredible, silent stories. Don't worry, they're nice and short for the Internet age, but be prepared to be changed.

Rebecca Brown took a photo of her face every day for five years. She suffers from depression, dermotillomania (Obsessive skin picking) and trichotillomania (Obsessive hair pulling). These three disorders cause her to periodically lose her hair, and her face is often pockmarked with scratches. She shaves her head when she's pulled out enough of the back and sides that she's become half-bald in order to allow her scalp to heal.

The thing about Brown's video that makes it so damned compelling is her smile and her eyes. You can see the waves of her disorders overtake her in general despair, only for creativity and hop to redefine themselves in her features. It's an awful cycle to witness, even at high speed, and it gives us a chance to really see someone naked in the throes of mental illness.

Too many people in the world know everything they've learned about transsexuals from the shemale tab on YouPorn. I was no better until I woke up one day and suddenly realized that I had a fair amount of transsexual friends. It's real easy to make judgments on people when their lives are nothing more than pornography genres to you, but once you become aware of the bravery of their struggle to find their real form it just breaks your heart.

User iiGethii lacks Rebecca Brown's superior film skills, but her transformation from male to female is even more startling. She starts as a slightly effeminate looking man, clearly unhappy and sad, and evolves into a beautiful and much more serene woman. Everything about her blossoms as the frames turn, and I dare someone to see her journey, intimate and simple as it is portrayed, and continue to harbor some sort of disgust for transsexuals.


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