It is rare these days to come across some truly original concepts for themes in a photo series. One would be hard-pressed to say “That’s an original!” or “I’ve never seen that done before.” It is also equally uncommon to come across an idea that is genuinely inventive, needing minimal post work. Brilliant ideas, after all can stand up on their own and there still is nothing like a great concept. London-based photographer Chino Otsuka created just that. The young Japanese girl produced a series of “time-travel” photos.
She ingeniously places her present self in pictures from her past, interacting with herself in another time and space. Called Imagine Finding Me, the collection is a total original, and is a result of Ostuka digitally bringing in her current image in childhood photographs from the 1970s and 1980s. The digital manipulation is a simple one, compared to other projects, but the results are just absolutely incredible.
It allows one to see a single person, represented in two different personas, a child version and an adult. One is also made to contemplate the different people we assume and become as we grow-up, changing with the times and as we grow older. Imagine Finding Me is entertaining on one level, but also extremely thought provoking on another, as we realize that we become different people as we travel the journey of our respective lives.
The pictures also force us to remember our own childhood and how those memories intersect with our modern lives. Otsuka spoke of the brilliant project recently, saying, ”The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine, as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.”
Otsuka continued, “A new journey has begun, on board a time machine built from digital tools.” She mused more on the project 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.”
See the incredibly profound, and yet simple Imagine Finding Me of Otsuka here.