Irina Werning Goes Back to the Future…

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Diego – 1970 & 2011, Buenos Aires
(Image ©Irina Werning)

There are some seriously creative people in the world. Often, their ideas are so simple and yet, at the same time, so incredibly clever. Here’s an example of yet another clever creative…

Irina Werning loves old photos. She admits to being a nosey photographer. “As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to re-enact them today…” So, she decided to actually do this. She started to invite people back to their future…

I think the results are amazing:

Johanes – 1994 & 2011 Hamburg
(Image ©Irina Werning)
Carol – 1960 & 2011 New York
(Image ©Irina Werning)
Evan – 1957 & 2011 New York
(Image ©Irina Werning)
Negra – 1980 & 2010 Buenos Aires
(Image ©Irina Werning)
Fer F – 1981 & 2011 Buenos Aires
(Image ©Irina Werning)
Male Sil Flor – 1983 & 2010 Buenos Aires
(Image ©Irina Werning)

It made me start to think about what old image I would pick if Irina were to take me back to the future. I think it would have to be one with my little sister…

How do you feel about a trip to Sydney, Irina?

J & B – circa 1973 Auckland
(That’s me on the left!)
Irina has many more images in her ‘Back to the Future’ project on her website. She’s also done a great series with Chini, the Chinese Crested pooch which is hilarious! You can access it all here.

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Comments (36)

How fun are they, what a great idea. I love Fer F in the door! By the way I love your photo how cute do you two look giggling away that woul be great to see with both of you today! I think we should campaign for that trip to Sydney!

Me, too! I’d love a pic of my sister & me in outfits like those old Mothercare numbers. What a hoot that would be?

I think Fer F is one of my faves too – if only for his big smile. 🙂

Hi,
Fantastic. What amazes me as well is how it was managed to get exactly the same outfits, except for the first photo of course that one would of been easy. 😀

I rather suspect a lot of work went into sourcing the outfits, Mags. It was worth it, I reckon’!

How wonderful, really really creative. Thank you

Cool, huh? Glad you enjoyed Irina’s work. 🙂

Beautiful. I love the one of her parents in the laneway. You’ve made my morning-it makes me strive to be more creative today.Thanks.

Happy you are inspired, Paintlater!

Fantastic! So clever. And that photo of you and your sister is gold – we can definitely source adult-sized stripey tops, but might have to get the purple slacks and tunic tailor made for you two. I’m inspired – a great Mother’s Day idea! 🙂

Isn’t that a fab’ Mother’s Day idea? Brilliant, Sparks.

We used to get all these ‘Mothercare’ clothes sent over from Europe when we were little. Given how very different my sister and I are, it’s amazing how often we were photographed in matching outfits.

Ms Syders, I cannot get over Carol’s headpiece! and Evan’s fig leaf! This is way funny!! I remember mum dressing us in Ken Done-esque outfits. My sis and I had sunglasses by Ken Done to match. That would be the ULTIMATE gift; to recreate an old pic. Too good! You have inspired creativity today again!

Carol’s headpiece is rather special, I agree!

Happy to have inspired, Marina 🙂

I absolutely love those photos!!! It’s amazing to see people then and now with such accuracy in the photos. It made me think of some of my favorite photos of my mom and how cool it would have been to get updated shots of her in the same poses.

Anything that helps you remember great memories of your Mum is a good post, I reckon’, Angela. 🙂

What a great concept, and what good sports they are to participate! I love your pic. You are adorable!

It is a cool concept, isn’t it? I reckon’ it would be a hoot to recreate that pic now. My sister is away at the moment… I wonder what she would say?

Clever but a bit eerie. Love the striped outfits in your photo.

Cheers J! ‘Mothercare’ hits NZ!

Gosh – this is cool (if not a wee bit odd!) Reminds me of a story I read about a mother who photographed her daughter each yar on her birthday in the same white button down shirt…watching a progression while the setting stays the same. Just where do you find this stuff J? You are always amazing me…:)

Eeeeew! – that’s a bit spooky, S. I like to think this is a tad more tongue-in-cheek (at least that’s how I’m choosing to interpret it)

Yes! They are very different concepts – but I do love them both – in fact her idea was quite lovely! These are hilariously quirky!

This is nothing less than brilliant!

I thought so, too DTs 🙂

Would be fun to be part of a project like that. . .

This is a riot, what a cool project, makes me want to dig up some pictures from my past!

Hey Thiara – I know exactly what you mean (as evidenced by the purple stripes!)

I love this and would really like to see what Irina would do with your photo which is very cute 🙂

It’s a crazy-cool concept, isn’t it? I’d love to do that pic again now… What a hoot!

It is a great concept, the fun you could have 🙂

All the pictures looks amazing, it’s such a brilliant idea, must be great fun for the people who are on the pictures, I guess it’s also a very intimate, touching moment to experience such “going back” to the careless, happy childhood.
And I absolutely adore YOUR picture, it has all the characteristics I wrote about – you look happy 🙂

Ahh Layyla – that’s so sweet. Thank you! 🙂

The Little Sister

I am all about recreating that photo … Do you think we could get access to the balcony??? How funny!!!

I thought the nudie one of us in the red barrel at Bethells might be a little more confronting to recreate…!

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