One of my very favourite photographs was taken of my brother, myself and two family friends when I was four years old. We are all sitting on a picnic bench in the middle of a forested camping area, gumboots on, eating sausages in bread. I’m not sure why I love this particular photo so much (maybe it’s all that fab denim?!) but it hangs in my house and always makes me happy. Given the chance to take part in Irina Werning’s fantastic Back to the Future project, this is the photo I would recreate (shown at very bottom).
Werning is a self-confessed “nosey photographer”. Partly because people love a retro look and partly because she wondered how it would feel to re-enact a moment from your childhood, Werning began the Back to the Future project, recreating images from people’s childhood. The results are amazing, funny and a bit weird – it is incredible how little people change.
Similar to Back to the Future is the Young Me, Now Me project by Ze Frank where you can submit your own recreated childhood pictures. As you would expect, the best examples are those where there is great attention to detail – the exact clothes, the same expressions and the same location. So, while I’m not rushing to recreate the obligatory baby bath photo, I am going to be on the lookout for some striped and patchwork vintage jeans to recreate my favourite photograph.
(via Cool Hunter)