Photographer Traces Her Ancestors by Replicating Their Vintage Portraits


Artist and photographer Christine McConnell traces her lineage in a unique project that recreates photos of the past. Using portraits of the women from her mother’s side of the family, McConnell reproduces them with herself as the subject. This creative twist means that she meticulously matched the attire, hairstyle, and the aged look of the photo.

After shooting her own version of the “past,” McConnell placed the two images side by side for comparison. It’s a fascinating way to revisit history, and to see how she resembles her ancestors. Also, the series highlights popular hairstyles, dress, and the advances in photographic technology.

If you enjoy McConnell’s work, check out her other imaginative take on a self portrait, as well as her skills in baking. She recreated her parent’s house in the form of a german chocolate cake!

Above: Martha, Great-Great-Great-Grandmother, Born 1821

Jane, Great-Great-Grandmother, Born 1858

Attie Mae, Great-Grandmother, Born 1898

Mildred, Grandmother, Born 1921

Kathryn, Mother, Born 1957

Christine, Born 1981

Christine McConnell: Instagram
via [22 Words]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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