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BACK TO THE FUTURE – NOVEL WAY TO CAPTURE HISTORY

The other day my daughter and I drove down the street when this caused me to do a nearly- illegal u-turn in the street.

It’s even cooler in real life!

We admired every detail as my mind started racing thinking of the increments of time covered in these Back to the Future films.  The ability to go back, reliving or rewriting one’s past by being present seemed amazing!  Revisiting parts of one’s life knowing then what you know now allows you to fulfill one of life’s greatest mantras.  Then my mind started debating the time traveling done in the trilogy compared to the time-continuum theory suggesting all time takes place concurrently!  I couldn’t keep up and my mind quickly grew cluttered making me dizzy.

Props from all 3 films – awesome!

Then a gem known as Irina Werning distracted me and I wandered after her for a bit.  She was featured in O Magazine because her photography gives people the opportunity to revisit their past, relive a moment or a memory via photographs.  She recreates a childhood photo for people using them as adults now in the same pose, the same clothes (or lack of clothes), same setting and background.

It gives the subjects an eerie sense of déjà vu, instantly transporting them back to that time and those emotions.  At the same time, it shows the progression but sort of in an eerie “apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” manner.  I encourage you to check out her features: Back to the Future and Back to the Future 2.

My favorite captures the boy at the Berlin Wall that is missing from the later picture – talk about progress.

Christoph 1990 & 2011 Berlin Wall (C) Irina Werning

I love the one of the young girls who were dressing up and who turned out more lovely than they probably even imagined at that age.

Sonia y Lauri 1988 & 2011 Bs Aires (C) Irina Werning

The adorable naked babies that are now ridiculous naked adults feels rebelliously and painfully proud!

Flor 1975 & 2010 Buenos Aires (C) Irina Werning

The family shots with siblings or the whole family crack me up!  How fun as serious “grown ups” to be able to re-create sidesplitting family moments?

Devoto 1990 & 2011 Buenos Aires (C) Irina Werning

Of course, now I’m wracking my brain thinking of fun photos of myself and my two sisters to recreate for a fun Mother’s or Father’s day gift!  What photo would you reenact?

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Simon
    May 09, 2012 @ 07:39:38

    This is awesome, can’t believe you got a pic of the flux capacitor. I saw this a few months ago, it is pretty cool and in line with your post http://www.zonezero.com/zz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1292%3Athe-arrow-of-time&catid=8%3Aessays&lang=en

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    • Sarah Harris
      May 09, 2012 @ 18:08:55

      Oh yeah, I have seen this before! I love it! Thanks for sharing it again! I loved how easily flux capacitor came into my mind like I was comfortable enough explaining how it works or something. Sure, see them everyday! Hah! Thanks for wandering by!

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  2. Vanessa Chapman
    May 11, 2012 @ 08:25:54

    Wow, I had a look at all her pictures – she really does an amazing job of recreating the originals.

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    • Sarah Harris
      May 11, 2012 @ 20:47:53

      Doesn’t she?! If she doesn’t have the same fabric she’ll find something with different pattern but same colors and stuff! I should have included my one “sort of” attempt at this once, but now I want to try one for real!

      Reply

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