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True Retro: Detailed Recreations of Old Portraits [Oh. That’s Good.]

Love these photos.  My costumer friend, Jana, sent this link to me because it reminded her of the “Dear Photograph” project I wrote about earlier this year! So awesome.  These features the work of Photographer Irina Werning.  These are photos she is doing for Zefrank’s “young me now me” project.


I especially appreciate Werning’s attention to detail on recreating the lighting and props to go “true retro” and reinhabit the old photograph for the modern subject. A hint of melancholy is unmistakable throughout.  Or maybe that’s just me.

Werning will be in India.  Here are the details below.  ENJOY!

WILL BE IN NEW DELHI, INDIA IN NOVEMBER WITH THE PROJECT. LOOKING FOR SUBJECTS THERE, PLEASE EMAIL ME YOUR PICS TO backtothefuturepics@gmail.com

(If you try this at home email it to zefrank’s wonderful young me now me project (2006) at http://www.zefrank.com/youngmenowme/)

What do you think?  How do you like these versus the Dear Photograph project?  What photo would YOU do if you tried to recreate something? Please comment below and let me know!

Thoughts on The CreativeLife: “Who needs pants?…”

Here are some thoughts on living The CreativeLife…inspired by old childhood photos I’ve scanned.  Many people draw parallels between having a creative spirit and feeling “like a kid again.”  These are just some thoughts on recapturing the kid and the creative in all of us. [See all “Thoughts on the CreativeLife”]

What do you think? Have you seen any photos of yourself as a child and thought, “Wow! I wonder if I can recapture that spirit for my creativity now?”

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Thoughts on The CreativeLife: “Sometimes I wish I could CREATE NOW like I used to…”

Here are some thoughts on living The CreativeLife…inspired by old childhood photos I’ve scanned.  Many people draw parallels between having a creative spirit and feeling “like a kid again.”  These are just some thoughts on recapturing the kid and the creative in all of us.

Thoughts on The CreativeLife: Making mud pies

Photo In a Photo for Beautiful Nostalgia via “Dear Photograph” [Oh. That’s Good.]

Dear Photograph Logo

Dear Photograph Logo

The best ideas are simple. And they often make me think, “Why didn’t I think of that?”  The elegant idea is this: Take a picture of a meaningful old photo and frame it exactly where that old photo was taken. See these beauties from “Dear Photograph” below.  Visually it tells the story of time and growth.  Verbally, each short caption brings context and heart.  So good.

The background: I saw this via ABC’s nightly national news.  Who knew Diane Sawyer could dedicate some of that valuable airtime for such a great creative idea.  It’s also crowdsourcing art at its best. It’s no surprise the site uses the Tumblr platform, a great place to accept submissions from the public.  I’ve used this same platform for my own crowdsourced website Asians with Bowl Cuts! [http://asianbowlcuts.tumblr.com]

Dear Photograph Submission. Caption reads: "Dear Photograph, I'll always remember my first fish."

Dear Photograph Submission. Caption reads: "Dear Photograph, I'll always remember my first fish."

Dear Photograph Submission. Beautiful. Lovely.

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