Baby’s first year video is an internet hit

Indy pictured on March 10, 2013
Indy pictured on March 10, 2013

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THEY say time flies by and kids grow up so fast.

But imagine having footage of your child every day since they were born.

This amazing feat has been accomplished by Sam Cornwell, 32, a photographer from Hayling Island who has captured a second from every day of his one-year-old son’s life.

Using a series of one-second clips recorded on his iPhone, Sam charts Indigo’s development from his birth last July to getting stuck into his first birthday cake.

‘A Second A Day from Birth’ has been an overnight internet sensation, attracting almost 850,000 views on YouTube and countless interview requests from around the globe for Sam.

Several of the clips include local landmarks, including Southsea and Hayling beach, Portsdown Hill and Butser Hill.

Sam, 32, who lives at Northney with his wife Beverley, told The News: ‘I wanted to do something special.

‘Having a child was a big thing for me and my wife. We spent a lot of time thinking about it. I wanted to give Indigo something for his first birthday.

‘He’s going to be able to see this when he’s older.’

Sam, who used to run the 19 Computing Shop in Portsmouth city centre, said he had been overwhelmed by the response.

‘I put it on the web for friends and family to see,’ he said.

‘It’s exciting. I would prefer Indigo to be in the limelight than myself.’

He and his wife have both recently graduated from the University of Portsmouth in photography.

‘It was a photography project in a sense,’ said Sam. ‘The response has been amazing. Ninety-nine per cent of the comments have been wonderful. It seems like it’s touched a lot of people round the world.’

The seven-minute film took a month to edit as there was three days’ worth of film.

Sam continues to film his baby every day, but is not sure yet whether he will make a second film.

He has his own particular favourite segments from the film.

‘The ones that melt my heart are when he smiles,’ said Sam.

Sam said that he was inspired to make the video by US artist Cesar Kuriyama who has been recording a second of his life for over two years.