Irina Werning’s photographs go Back to the Future

Photographs are a funny thing. Perhaps more than any other medium, they’re chock full of psychological baggage. That simple snapshot can capture a fleeting moment in your daily life as easily as saying “cheese.” Now it’s frozen in time, for all posterity. And as we look back at our old photos, they appear different to us. But in all truthfulness, it is we who have changed.
Irina Werning has tapped into this idea with her wonderful project, “Back to the Future.” While the Dear Photograph site uses a place to transport us through time, Werning’s new photographs effortlessly recreate the style & pose of people’s childhood snapshots juxtaposed next to the subjects as they look now. Some of our favorites are below. The people who submitted their old pictures should be commended as well for their honest and unselfconscious participation.

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