Photographer Travels Through Time By Inserting Herself Into Her Childhood Photos
London-based Japanese photographer Chino Otsuka has taken a unique approach to exploring her own past. In her “Imagine Finding Me” series, she travels through the past by inserting her current self into her childhood self, envisioning what it might be like to meet herself as a child.
The insertions are executed very well, making the series even warmer and easier to believe. Her digital photo manipulations take account for shadows, lighting, and even for the grainier quality of the older photographs. “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,” said the photographer.
Otsuka also said that the choice of transitional spaces, like trains, hotels or vacation spots, was deliberate – “things are not quite past or present, or somewhere in between… that has reflected from my upbringing, where I’m neither here nor there, and I’m not really Japanese or English.”