“I was taking selfies before they were cool.” That’s what 19-year-old Hugo Cornellier said in the midst of an online buzz going around for selfie photos on various social networking sites.
In 2006, 12-year-old Hugo Cornellier spotted a video of self-portraits and decided to copy the idea. He became so obsessed on taking photos that he did it every single day.
For the last seven years, Cornellier took his selfie shots while sitting in front of his computer and capturing experimental facial hair and style.
“Out of 2500 pics I should have, I’m missing about 50,” the teen told TIME in an interview.
Cornellier compiled his selfie shots in a series of videos posted in his YouTube account over the past few years. Among all, it was his selfie video showing his development from 12 to 19 years of age, which caught the most attention, with over 3.1 million views as of writing.
“I would take my laptop everywhere my family went. Whether it was a holiday or to visit family for a few days, I always had to take my photo every single day, no matter what,” said Cornellier in an interview with the Daily Mail.
What’s interesting to see is that in the one-minute video, Cornellier never crack a smile in any of the 2,500 pictures.
‘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.’
When asked whether he is planning to continue taking selfie pictures of himself, Cornellier said yes adding he does not have any plan of stopping anytime soon.
“I still take a picture every single day,” he said. “This will go on forever. I never plan on stopping.”
“My entire life in three minutes. That’s what inspires me to keep doing it.”
Daily Mail , TIME , YouTube