Beside herself in time: Photographer's imaginary meetings with childhood self
Photographer Chino Otsuka inserts her adult self next to her child self in photos from the '70s and '80s in a thoughtful series called "Imagine Finding Me."
What if you could go back in time and hang out with yourself as a kid? Perhaps you both would race to the video game arcade and challenge yourself to a game of Ms. Pac-Man? Or maybe you would build a snowman together in a city park? Fight over a baguette? Take a leisurely stroll on the beach, hand in hand?
British-based photographer Chino Otsuka thought of just this as she placed her modern-day self in vintage childhood photos of herself as a child visiting multiple countries including Japan, France, the United Kingdom, China, and Spain.
In her photo series, "Imagine Finding Me," Otsuka digitally places herself in double self-portraits representing memorable moments in her childhood.
Whether she's wearing a kimono in Japan in 1979, having a snack in Paris in 1982, or peering out from a train in Spain in 1975, her current self stands close by in a meeting that never took place.
"A new journey has begun, on board a time machine built from digital tools," Otsuka wrote about "Imagine Finding Me" photo series in her book, "Photo Album." "I'm traveling back transported to places where I once belonged, cities where I once visited and on arrival I find myself from the past. Navigating through the labyrinth of memory I become a tourist of my own history. And throughout this unique journey I keep a diary."
Otsuka recently was a finalist for the AIMIA|AGO Photography Prize at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, for her work.
(Via Daily Mail)