Tuesday, January 10, 2012

passing time


This is an example from a series of photographs called 'Back to the Future' taken by the very skilled photographer from Buenos Aires, Irina Werning. There are too many for me to post here but if you drop by the site I'm sure you'll be as delighted as I was to see the amazing care she's taken to replicate as exactly as possible pictures taken of people many years ago. The remarkable similarities go a long way to show our looks don't really change as much as we might think.

It seems she began the project when ZeFrank offered a contest called 'Young Me Now Me' for a book they were planning. Some of the pictures there are neat but nothing quite up to Irina's obsessive standards. Still, it might be fun to try. All you do is find a photo from when you were young and recreate it as closely as possible. Sounds easy, doesn't it?

16 comments:

Francis Hunt said...

I found myself looking at childhood photos of myself recently. It struck me thatlife leaves its tracks in our faces. It's more merciful with some than with others - Keith Richards always strikes me as a living template for Oscar Wilde's Portrait of Dorian Grey, where Keith's face is the actual portrait.

Randal Graves said...

Very cool idea, but I'm suddenly glad I don't have any shots of wee me.

jams o donnell said...

THey are amazing. I cam across her a while ago. I wish I ahd a fraction of her talent!

marja-leena said...

Amazing work, and something that does take some time setting up. I somehow don't think I want to try this on me for the years have taken their toll and I'd just be reminded of "what happened to you?"

Did you do this exercise, Susan?

Ol'Buzzard said...

Babies, like clowns, give me nightmares.
the Ol'Buzzard

susan said...

francis - As Wilde said 'Life imitates art more than art imitates life.'

randal - You'd have to be either young or dumb to participate.

jams - She is good. I liked the Damned and Beautiful series too.

marja-leena - Absolutely not for the same reason. I may have still been pleased enough with my looks up to age 50 but nowadays not so much.

ol'buzzard - Yet I'm sure you were a bonny baby :-)

Lydia said...

It sounds easy, sort of! Kinda creepy to think that we don't change that much (these few photos sure showed little change in the men). I'm intrigued enough to take a look at the link. I'm wondering if they are all baby shots or if the photographers used some childhood shots......will just have to see!

Lydia said...

btw, thank you for your 12th Night greeting. My Shakespeare knowledge is low-wattage, but I read enough about 12th Night to be able to pass a quiz now. :)

Life As I Know It Now said...

life is a circle and I can't get out of it ;)

linda said...

maybe it's just me but I found these sort of creepy...have no ideas as to why either nor shall I go seeking THAT out! I am going to her site just to try and make some sense of it...

xoxo

susan said...

lydia - I do hope you looked at the link as they weren't by any means all baby shots. Now I regret not mentioning that because some of the kids to adults ones were just as good.

I hope you had a nice 12th Night and that now spring is on the way to Portland - or at least the January thaw that presages snowdrops in February. Never think I don't miss the place.

laikin - Sufis dance in circles. Maybe that's the answer :-)

susan said...

linda - Her work is definitely stealthily bizarre. I think that's probably what you picked up on but I hope you didn't find them all too disturbing. Then I'd be sad.
xoxo

Mauigirl said...

Sounds very interesting. I know I look a lot like I did when I was a baby - I have a picture of me grinning like an idiot at age one with a curly topknot on top of my head. I still grin like an idiot.

susan said...

mauigirl - I was one who was always photographed looking a bit worried. That hasn't changed for me either.

Gina said...

I would be willing to give this a try if it were not for my hair, which is decades ahead of my face in terms of aging. And I refuse to wear a baby bonnet. ;-)

susan said...

gina - I've always envied women who have prematurely white hair. You're very lucky. I don't mind resembling my father but I'd prefer not to be bald and have a moustache.

The gallery of pictures had adults posed as the children they were at many ages. I bet yours would be charming at both stages.