Before and After: A lifetime of changes

May 19, 2008 – 11:59 pm

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Before and After pictures are interesting to see not only for the physical transformation but to surmise the mental transformation that may have occured over time.

The following projects takes images of individuals from a certain point in life compared to another later point in their lives.

First off, Youngme NowMe is a humorous collection of user submitted photos of themselves as they were young and as they are now. The interesting twist is that they were encouraged to replicate the original picture as a youth in the picture as close as possible.

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They even gave out awards:

The next series of pictures is self portrait illustrations of user submittted entries of themselves as teens vs their current adulthood. Although illustrations may not be as visually accurate as photographs in the physical appearence, the self reflection and self identity of the individuals are represented , which sometimes provides insight into the internal pysche that have occured over the years.

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The Noah K. Everday series is a project by Noah Kalina, a professional photographer from Brooklyn, New York, which he has a taken a picture of himself everday since 1999 and plans to do so “until the day he dies” He has mentioned he has missed 22 days in his FAQ since the beginning, but thats definitely still very impressive. He also compiled the first 6 years into a youtube video.

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Jamie Livingston did what Noah aspires to do. He took a polaroid of himself everyday for 18 years, until his untimely death at age 41. Over 6600 pictures is displayed on his website. His captured life is a periscope into his life and the people that he loved and loved him back.



The last morbid series forces you to reflect on your own mortality as German photographer Walter Schels took pictures of individuals in life during the point they were facing their own mortality and soon after they died.

‘This sombre series of portraits taken of people before and after they had died is a challenging and poignant study. The work by German photographer Walter Schels and his partner Beate Lakotta, who recorded interviews with the subjects in their final days, reveals much about dying – and living’ – website

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