Blink, a day passes, blink, a year, two, ten. Time is an unstoppable force we have to live with, and to highlight its passage, photographer Josephine Sittenfeld has recreated the portraits of her college classmates she took in 2000.


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During those days, Sittenfeld was a junior at Princeton University. She photographed her friends on medium-format film, and the shots eventually ended up collecting dust in her parents' closet. But last spring, as her fifteen-year college reunion was approaching, she remembered the photos and decided to recreate them during the event.

The result is "Reunion," a series of before-and-after shots that have almost the same feel as class gatherings themselves. The pictures show a fast-forwarded transformation of the individuals rather than a gradual long-term change. "At twenty, I felt something intangible, indescribable, full of energy," Sittenfeld's former roommate said. "Only now am I able to describe it—the ultimate sensing of a life ahead." In the later shots, people in front of the lens look less resistant to its intimacy. Shoulders back, bodies less tensed. Could it be because of the reminiscence of everything that came before?

More info: josittenfeld.com | Instagram (h/t thenewyorker)

#1 Sophie

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KK 3 weeks ago

I love the change.

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#3 Larry

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KK 3 weeks ago

He's trapped forever in door prison :D.

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#4 Becky

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Martin Forbes 3 weeks ago

Becky looks older in 2000 than she does in 2017.

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#5 Aili

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KK 3 weeks ago

She dropped the junkfood :D

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#6 Ethan

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KK 3 weeks ago

He really grew up. Love the subtle chaos in the pics, his half-untucked shirt in the first one and the single slanted picture frame in the second one.

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#7 Anna

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A.Guy 3 weeks ago

The rose bloomed over 17 years

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#8 Tenley And Ryan

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Tiari 3 weeks ago

He still does not like to wear socks ;)

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#9 Eveline

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A.Guy 3 weeks ago

In 2017 she has the tired look of a parent of teen age children.

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#10 Olympia

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Out of chocolate 3 weeks ago

She looks like she *takes* no shit (from anyone)

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