Thursday, June 30, 2011

Past, present and past

If you're even half as nostalgic as I am, you'll love this web site. It might even inspire you to create an image of your own and submit it.

The site is called Dear Photograph.

This is how it works - find an old print of yourself or of someone you know or knew, and bring it back to where it was originally taken. The older the image is, the more dramatic and fun it can be. Then you position the image as closely as you can to overlap the real scene in front of you, and shoot. Including your hand and arm makes it even better, rather than making the picture you take look like something altered in photoshop. Plus it gives it a more human element.

Here are some other examples of what people have created and submitted. Some of them are very amusing, while others nearly make you want to cry, especially when you read what the person submitting the images has written below. I've added in the original comments with the following images.

Dear Photograph,
Thank you for everything we had.

Dear Photograph,
Any idea where them dinosaur shorts are at?

Dear Photograph,
I wonder which parent let us up there?

As someone who loves to travel and take photographs and document my life as well as those around me, I'm always looking back through travel and family photos and reminiscing. It's wonderful to see where you've been, how you've changed, but it's also humbling to recognize that no matter how hard we try to live in the present, time always marches on.

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