Adults recreate some of their favorite childhood memories
The Wright Brothers
Brothers John (clockwise from left), Frank, Mark and Henry Wright posed on Mother’s Day in 1962 and again on the same holiday in 2012. The sons framed both shots and gave them to their mom, who absolutely adored the thoughtful gesture.
Finish photographer Wilma Hurskainen gathered her three sisters to recreate a series of childhood pictures taken by her father two decades ago. Since their parents still live in the same house, recreating this bathtub shot was just a matter of fitting into that tub. View more photos from the project, titled Growth, on Wilma’s website.
This shot of a girl named Mechi was initially taken in 1990 and redone in 2010. Werning admits to being a “nosey photographer” and says she can’t resist seeking out family photos in other people's homes. While she enjoys the old pictures themselves, she especially loves learning how the subjects feel during the recreation.
Every year, cousins Sölvi, Atli and Ýmir meet at their grandfather’s house in Iceland to celebrate the Þorrabló, a mid-winter festival. Last year they decided to retake a three wise monkeys photograph that grandpa had taken nearly two decades prior.
In 1982, five 19-year-old guys gathered for a picture while on vacation at Copco Lake in Northern California. Every five years since, the crew has gathered in the exact same spot to recreate the moment. In the 2012 picture shown here, the guys are approaching 50 years old. Check out all the photos and see the buddies age right before your eyes.
Larry’s daughter encouraged this recreation, snapped in front of the same home 70 years later! While he looks a little different at eight and 78, we think he aged pretty darn well.
Argentinean photographer Irina Werning invites strangers to contact her to recreate old pictures. For her series, Back to the Future and Back to the Future 2, she went to great lengths to match clothing, scenery and even the dated feel of childhood photos. Her subject here, Pancho, is shown in 1983 and 2010.
Model Tyson Ballou
This favorite childhood picture of in-demand model Tyson Ballou was restaged in 2011 for a feature in V Magazine. The 36-year-old Texan began modeling at 15 and has lent his face to Giorgio Armani, Versace and Tommy Hilfiger (to name a few).
Louis Jimenez was 12 years old when he posed for a picture on California’s Piedras Creek Bridge in 1931. The now 93-year-old World War II vet believes his cousin took the picture with a box camera. One of Jimenez’s five children found the exact same spot on the same bridge and retook the picture in 2008.
Actress Jessica Hynes
Pictured at 8 and 39, Jessica says her younger self was, “a little toughie” who ran around Brighton, England with a gang of mates. In taking the more recent photo she realized how much she misses having nothing but, “a house key round my neck and an endless summer day stretching out in front of me.” Don’t we all?
TV Host Russell Howard
In the original photo, 4-year-old Russell competes with his brother to see who can hang on the longest, a game his dad invented to keep the rambunctious boys still. The host of a news spoof show that’s popular in England, Russell says his style hasn’t changed: “I’m still in scruffy trainers, jeans and zip-up tops.”
The Fischer Boys
In the first picture, brothers Chris, Brandon, Matthew and Cameron Fischer stand along the English coast in the early '90s, when their father was stationed abroad with the Air Force. On vacation a decade later, their mom took an updated shot, this time on the California coast. The family says they’ll definitely be posing for a 2012 beach picture before the year is up so they can carry on the once-every-10-years tradition.
Young Christoph visited the Berlin Wall in 1990 when demolition was only partially complete. In a particularly poignant recreation, Werning’s 2011 picture shows the now grown man chipping away at a barrier that no longer exists.
Comedian Chris Addison
“My mouth is like my son’s,” said British stand-up comedian Chris Addison when he reacquainted himself with the original photo here. While he doesn’t remember wearing his mothers’ hat and glasses or taking the picture, he found that staring at the old and new renditions side-by-side was “immensely moving.”
Comedian Jason Byrne
Irish comedian Jason Byrne says he took a lot of heat for the free National Health glasses he wore as a kid. However, he believes the teasing prepared him well for hecklers. While he admits that his hair is certainly thinner at 39 than five, the funnyman notes that he’s still got the toffee color that ladies seem to love.