Woman Photoshops Present-Day Self into Childhood Photos

Tokyo-born, London-based photographer Chino Otsuka takes the past and present photo project to a new level of expert photo manipulation with her series titled Imagine Finding Me. Rather than simply recreating old photographs as an adult, she inserts her present-day self into photos from her childhood. The result is an incredibly believable image that features photos of Otsuka as a little girl in the 70s and 80s standing side by side with herself as a modern-day woman.

Essentially, the series presents a double portrait of Otsuka and the many places she's visited as a kid. With the advantages of using digital software and technology to merge her past and present self, the photographer is able to create these unique self-portraits. She says, “The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine as I'm embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.”

Above: 1982 and 2005, Paris, France

1976 and 2005, Kamakura, Japan

1977 and 2009, Jardin du Luxembourg, France

1979 and 2006, Kitakamakura, Japan

1975 and 2005, Spain

1980 and 2009, Nagayama, Japan

1981 and 2006, Ofuna, Japan

1982 and 2006, Tokyo, Japan

1984 and 2005, London, UK

1985 and 2005, Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China

Chino Otsuka website
via [Faith is Torment, Daily Mail]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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