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A Very Special Present: Capturing Belly's Growth

As soon I knew my wife was pregnant I thought I had to do something special for her... for them! A diamond ring? Nooo! Something more special. What about taking pictures? Could be nice. A video? Much better!

So I worked on it. The situation was: she was 5 weeks pregnant. A normal pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks. If I wanted to take a picture a week I needed 36 pictures, so a regular film would be perfect. Then I had to choose a camera. I thought my Smena 8M would do the job, as she had never failed before. Then, the film. I wanted b&w. I thought that taking pictures at home would need a very fast film. Ilford Delta 3200 offered what I need.

Every week I had to take one picture. She must be in the same position, same clothes. The camera should use the same settings, and obviously being in the same position. So I put the Smena on a tripod, focused her, and I made some marks on the floor, in order to remember their position. I started on week 5. Every Sunday night we did the same ritual. As she put on the same clothes, I put the camera on the same position. Don’t move! click!

The belly was growing, and film was ending. The baby came 4 weeks earlier! She was born on a Sunday, so that day I couldn’t take a picture.

I still had 3 pictures to take, so the following weeks, every Sunday night, they were in position, until the film was finished.

Then came the post processing. I sent the film to a professional lab. Asked for a contact sheet and high resolution scanning of it.

At home, when mother and baby were resting, I took frame by frame, and with the help of a morphing software I found on the net, I made the film.

Mercè&Juno from jordi dalmau on Vimeo.

Well, that was my present for them. Hope you enjoyed it!

written by minicooper


  1. kvboyle


    Congratulations!!! And what a great idea...a lovely present!

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  2. stouf


    Beautiful !!! And Congratulations !

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  3. mikahsupageek


    congratulations and what a lovely way of capturing the beauty of life !

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  4. hanspan


    Gorgeous. Although the thought of beng pregnant scares me...

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  5. adi_totp


    Love :)

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  6. takezzo


    i've been trying to convince my wife and she keeps refusing ;-)

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  7. paper_doll


    awww you look lovely :)

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  8. vicuna


    that's for sure a beautiful idea and present!

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  9. disdis


    I would like to see a stop motion of this.... I've seen one made by a Vitorian Photographer Josean Pablos and the results were really great....

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  10. singleelderly


    Great Present!

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  11. niki-tzi


    congratulations... so cute and lovely...

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  12. j_robert


    haha amazing! such a personal and fantastic observation of life in Muybridge fashion

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