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Four Sisters Recreate Childhood Photos Taken Decades Ago

Wanting to see how she and her siblings have changed over the years, Helsinki-based photographer Wilma Hurskainen decided to gather her three sisters together and recreate photographs of the four of them taken by their father decades ago.

The project, titled Growth, features roughly 30 rephotographed images. Hurskainen tried to keep the new images as similar to the old one as possible, paying attention to things like location, composition, pose, and expression.

Regarding the project, Hurskainen says,

I have always been very attracted by the photograph´s ability to cross time and create this kind of comparisons. There is something sad, almost tragic, about looking at old photographs compared to new ones and seeing how people and things have changed or grown up. After all, it is said that time has been accepted as a common means of measuring life because people are not able nor willing to see the change in themselves. In the pictures it seems as if we were trying to go back to our childhood by adopting the same position towards each other and the photographer´s/spectator´s gaze but we unavoidably fail. We have to fail – there is no return in time.

Head on over to her website to see the rest of the series.

Growth by Wilma Hurskainen (via My Modern Met)


Image credits: Photographs by Wilma Hurskainen and used with permission


 
 
  • http://www.facebook.com/tanja.schulte.7923 Tanja Schulte

    “….I have always been very attracted by the photograph´s ability to cross time and create this kind of comparisons. There is something sad, almost tragic, about looking at old photographs compared to new ones and seeing how people and things have changed or grown up…..”

    what is sad or tragic about it?
    tragic is when you die young and can´ t take pictures in your old age….
    get some common sense….

  • hawk1500

    perhaps she means a loss of innocence. either that or she used the wrong word and meant nostalgic? who knows, but yeah, you don’t have to be so harsh, geez, get some common courtesy.

    semi-joking with that last bit, of course.

  • http://www.eriklaurikulo.se/ Erik Lauri Kulo

    I think the term nostalgic is correct, however, nostalgic can be defined with a lot of emotions. Many people feel a certain sadness when feeling nostalgic, while some feels happiness. It all depends on how you perceive nostalgia. “Tragic” however, was probably a bad choice of words.

  • grnach

    Just possibly, English isn’t her first language, hinted in the first sentence. And just maybe, tragic translates a bit roughly from Finnish. More likely though, you should show some restraint before clicking Post. I did.

  • Peter

    Not a very unique project: Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad does this for a couple of years already, and they also include a narrative of the background of those photos. Why was the picture taken in the first place?

    It always amazes me that they are able to recreate those pictures in the first place. Sometimes 40, 50 years later and still being able to find the same location, with the same buildings in the background, the same cups and saucers on the table, the same weather conditions…

    It’s a really cool project!

  • toot

    Even the most recent of the photos are more than six years old already and were published in a book, Growth, in 2008. The book includes explanatios.