Tolu Omokehinde’s timelapse video of a day at Montgomery Blair High School was meant as a personal tribute to the school the Silver Spring native graduated from on Tuesday.
It turned out to be a lot more, making the rounds on a number of popular blogs and gaining exposure the 17-year-old never expected.
“Most people say that they’re sort of reliving their own high school experience through the video,” Omokehinde said. “It brings out a sense of nostalgia I didn’t expect.”
The four-minute video, which shows the daily movements of the school of almost 2,800 students, took six months and about 175,000 photos using special software. Omokehinde, whose interest in photography grew through his work with the school’s student newspaper, got permission to place a camera on Blair’s roof.
That allowed him to show cloud movement above the school’s parking lot and athletic fields. Omokehinde produced a similar video of downtown Silver Spring. Since the video was posted on sites such as The Huffington Post and Mashable, he’s received offers from local advocacy groups to do timelapse projects for them.
He’s heading to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he’s unsure if he’ll continue photography work. He hopes to study molecular biology. But he’s happy his video left a mark.
“My Blair experience was fantastic. I loved the school,” Omokehinde said. “I just wanted to give something back.”