Argentina born photographer Irina Werning has stepped up the game of recreating childhood photos with the help of several people in different countries. What started as a little task for family and friends, has soon gone viral all over the Internet. Hundreds of people wanted in on the project and so to their request, Werning complied. She travelled to those people, stayed in their homes, and got to know more about them. Not only was there intimacy in the photos, but also between the subject and the photographer herself.
What's phenomenal about her Back To The Future series is how the detailing and composition are given importance. She gives so much time to these photos for them to be as accurate and picturesque as possible. It's as if it's the exact same photo but with an older subject. And even though every little aspect of the photos have had quite an effort put into them, the entirety of it is what is so greatly appreciated because it's not just about how precise the recreated photo is. It's also about the essence of this project; that feeling of nostalgia or "throwback" you and especially the people involved get is what's truly amazing about this. Kind of like Gestalt psychology: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Irina Werning isn't the only one recreating childhood photos, but she sure has been one of the first and most prominent photographers to partake in this "trend".
"I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… Two years ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.."
- Irina Werning
More photos on: http://irinawerning.com/
- Reign Gonzales