1982 and 2005, Paris, France

Tokyo-born, London-based photographer Chino Otsuka takes the past and present photo project to a new level of expert photo manipulation with her series titled Imagine Finding Me. Rather than simply recreating old photographs as an adult, she inserts her present-day self into photos from her childhood. The result is an incredibly believable image that features photos of Otsuka as a little girl in the 70s and 80s standing side by side with herself as a modern-day woman.

Essentially, the series presents a double portrait of Otsuka and the many places she's visited as a kid. With the advantages of using digital software and technology to merge her past and present self, the photographer is able to create these unique self-portraits. She says, "The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine as I'm embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history."

1976 and 2005, Kamakura, Japan

1977 and 2009, Jardin du Luxembourg, France

1979 and 2006, Kitakamakura, Japan

1975 and 2005, Spain

1980 and 2009, Nagayama, Japan

1981 and 2006, Ofuna, Japan

1982 and 2006, Tokyo, Japan

1984 and 2005, London, UK

1985 and 2005, Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China

Chino Otsuka website
via [Faith is Torment, Daily Mail]
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  • This is great work!
  • Absolutely love this!

  • The lighting and focal lengths are perfect, the film quality and aged color appearance of the old and the new are so closely matched. Very nicely done, Chino.

  • Excellent...

  • Otsuka is a real pro. This is skillful Photoshopping work with believable lighting and shadows. You can't tell which pic is original and which figure was inserted. Happy time travel.

  • So well done, you'd think she owned a time machine.

  • Unbelievable!


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