Re-creating old photographs of yourself seems to be something that has become rather trendy around the web lately: check out zefrank’s Young Me/Now Me project, childhood photos of comedians recreated for this article in the Guardian, or the Age Maps series by artist Bobby Neel Adams, just to name a few.
Working squarely in this vein, Argentinian artist Irina Werning has become something of a web sensation with her Back to the Future series. Although the concept might not be particularly unique, her artful execution of the re-created photographs makes her work stand out from the crowd. Werning’s incredible attention to detail, sensitive re-creation of colour and light, and careful selection of engaging source photographs makes her series a delight to browse. I’m not convinced she’s really accomplishing anything particularly profound in these photographs, but they are pretty dang interesting to look through. It’s also fascinating to think about the reasons why these past/present photographic projects are so popular right now, and what it might say about the cultural obsession with nostalgia and our personal sense of connection to the past.
Elsewhere on the Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things:
- Ulric Collette’s ‘portraits genetiques’
- Internet archaeology
- The Museum of Broken Relationships
- Last meals of death row convicts
- ‘Things I’m Glad Are Out of Style’
- Women laughing alone with salad