Back to the Future

While most people simply admire old photos, Irina Werning is more interested in how people would look and feel if they were to reenact them today. Several years ago, she started to ask people to go back to their past and recreate a moment in time – even down to the exact body positions and facial expressions! I’m so impressed that I am inspired to recreate one of my childhood images . . .

(images by Irina Werning)

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  1. Maud wrote:

    I LOVE it !!

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  2. Pam wrote:
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  3. hahah so fun!!! I love it!!

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  4. Lilian wrote:

    This is fantastic!

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  5. Briana wrote:

    Absolutely fabulous collection of photos – this has inspired me to do the same@

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  6. Monica wrote:

    I really love this kind of pictures they are so lovely!!
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  7. Joanne wrote:

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  8. blue roses wrote:

    this is a brilliant project concept! experimentation in verisimilitude!

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  9. karla wrote:

    sweet!

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  10. Awww, I just love those pictures. They’re brilliant!

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  11. Carol wrote:

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  12. Jess wrote:

    These are awesome! I’ve seen a few people attempt to do this, but these are the first ones I’ve seen that are actually really well done. Cheers!

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  13. Ambyr wrote:

    These are awesome. I kind of want to do one of my own now. The Playboy one made me laugh!

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  14. Muna wrote:

    sooo cool! genial! I discovered last year this artist project and I really would love to have a shot like this with my two sisters 🙂

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  15. how super cute!
    i really love this!
    and its inspiring me to take a photo from my childhood and replicate it!
    now to prepare a trip back home.
    hehe.

    Happy Wednesday!

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  16. Oh I love it! Such a great idea and sweet photos! – Aliya:)
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  17. Awesome! That first pair, the girls look nothing like their old selves. Ha

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  18. Wow, this is awesome! It’s brilliant to see the both the changes and similarities in how people have developed xxx

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  19. This is awesome! What a way to celebrate your childhood. Some of these would have made a great mothers/fathers day gift 🙂

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  20. rosemary wrote:

    really enjoyed this. Humerous and somehow touching.

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  21. Deana wrote:

    These are priceless!

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  22. Domonique wrote:

    I’ve already seen this so many times, but it never get’s boring…so creatively inspiring…love it!

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  23. Sanne wrote:

    Love it! xx

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  24. style-xyz wrote:

    wow! this is awesome! 🙂

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  25. Tammy wrote:

    Adorable!!!!

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  26. Cassidi wrote:

    These are amazing! So neat!

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  27. sara wrote:

    this is awesome!

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  28. Jessica wrote:

    I really love this, thanks for bringing it to my life!

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  29. what a brilliant idea! highly creative xx

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  30. Taylor wrote:

    These are a amazing. I would love do this. Made my day. <3

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  31. Tabetha wrote:

    I’ve seen this set before, but they never get old! Did you see the one at the berlin wall?
    http://irinawerning.com/files/gimgs/11_back25.jpg
    It gave me chills!

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  32. These are beyond brilliant and beautiful!

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  33. Edith wrote:

    This is really amazing!!! So creative! They are true moments captured in time.

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  34. Votre Amie wrote:

    Absolutely adorable!! I love this idea!!
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  35. Can’t get enough! Love these so freakkkkkinnnnn much!

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  36. omg this adorable! i love this idea <33

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  37. Incredably cool, funcky and revealing. This photos look so intimate and beautiful.
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  38. wow ! adorable , love it
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  39. Emma wrote:

    wow these are great!

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  41. Kat wrote:

    Absoultely loved these photos. They made me snicker 🙂

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  42. OMG! Love this!

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  47. annemi wrote:

    Really, really, really nice! Love it! (:

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  48. tessa wrote:

    awesome!

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  49. Lauren CT wrote:

    I love this! I may ask my in-laws for some baby pictures of my husband so we can recreate some of our childhood pics as adults. So fun!

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  50. Emma wrote:

    Love it! I’m gonna have to find an old picture of me and my sister that we can re create!

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  51. Sylvia wrote:

    Amazing work, she is a great artists, these pictures are awesome!

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  52. Rachel wrote:

    Those are unbelievably cool. I did the same thing with my youngest daughter, who looked just like me as a child. I took a picture of her in the same place as me, 30 years earlier. It was an awesome thing to do.

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  53. vanessa wrote:

    Oh my this is just so cool!!! I will try to make something like this and show it to my parents! hahaha! Love it!

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  54. Aw! I absolutely love these.

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  55. What a great concept! I can think of a handful of photos that I would want to recreate. This is just so fun. Shared on my blog today:

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  56. Ula wrote:

    These are so cute! 😀 I love the idea!

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  57. GoForBroke wrote:

    They’ve been doing this at my old high school, in every yearbook, for years now. It’s kind of perfect.

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    This is amazing!

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  59. omg, it’s amazing!
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  60. zee wrote:

    that is such a cool project! every detail is so precise! i wonder how they got the same wardrobe, wallpaper, setting, everything.

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  61. Lorna wrote:

    pretty sure i saw some of these in an exhibition a while back, they’re so inspiring. love them! made me want to start making work like it.

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  62. Natalia wrote:

    What a great experiment!

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  63. Geoff wrote:

    Ahh, some of the best matching pictures i’ve seen.

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  64. ManuMalca wrote:

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  65. Kay wrote:

    Am I the only one who finds this just weird and pathetic that people not only want to relive a past photo, but stupid ones at that? Its just dumb.

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  67. Ha ha ha.. awesome..

    4th one is exactly the same and 2nd to last is little creepy 😉

    Love the concept !

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  68. Very cool concepts, a little on the odd side but rarely do I see something new when stumbling. Nice.

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    soooo nice <3

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    great i like the art work and the ideas, very nice

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    This was absolutely fantastic! Awesome pieces!

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  73. KHOKON wrote:

    I love these

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  74. Andy wrote:

    Clever, although I have the strange feeling I’ve seen it done before.

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  75. Melissa wrote:

    That’s too funny!

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    That´s brilliant und fantastic and mindblowing piece of work (and art) !

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  78. Fantasy and reality. Cute when young, awful when old. Such is life.

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    so the second one got a sex change??

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  80. Jessy wrote:

    never mind same butt-chin. lol

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