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.

During those days, Sittenfeld was a junior at Princeton University. She took portrait photography shots of her friends on medium-format film, and the pictures eventually ended up collecting dust in her parents' closet. But last spring, as her fifteen-year college reunion was approaching, she remembered the cool photos and decided to do a then and now follow-up 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 photo series shows 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 during the friends' reunion. "Only now am I able to describe it—the ultimate sensing of life ahead." In the later shots, people in front of the lens look less resistant to their intimacy. Shoulders back, bodies less tense. Could it be because of the reminiscence of everything that came before, or is it how aging gracefully looks?

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

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Sophie

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KK
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3 years ago

I love the change.

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#2

Ellie Kemper From "The Office"

Ellie Kemper From "The Office"

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Thorsten M. Weisner
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3 years ago

i love Kimmy :D

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Larry

Larry

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KK
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3 years ago

He's trapped forever in door prison :D.

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Becky

Becky

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Martin Forbes
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3 years ago

Becky looks older in 2000 than she does in 2017.

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Aili

Aili

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KK
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3 years ago

She dropped the junkfood :D

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Ethan

Ethan

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KK
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3 years 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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Anna

Anna

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A.Guy
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3 years ago

The rose bloomed over 17 years

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#8

Tenley And Ryan

Tenley And Ryan

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Tiari
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3 years ago

He still does not like to wear socks ;)

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Eveline

Eveline

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A.Guy
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3 years ago

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

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Olympia

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Out of chocolate
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3 years ago

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

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#11

Craig, Denise, Amy And Jess

Craig, Denise, Amy And Jess

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Javier Kintero
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3 years ago

Craig is really tanned in 2017

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Chris, Connor Sam And Seth

Chris, Connor Sam And Seth

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KK
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3 years ago

I think the people that are missing most likley just moved away or the contact was lost. There are people missing in the other pics too.

Thomas Meyer
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3 years ago

You should work for the police.

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Steven McCornack
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3 years ago

The EXIT sign showed the most change

Annie Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

This just goes to show you Connor. You should keep in touch with your friends. Now the whole world thinks you're either dead or callous. (and if dead, RIP)

Sanna Lääperi
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3 years ago

Everyone is thinking worst...maybe he is travelling to Hawaii with his wife to spend a time of his lifetime 😊.

landen raney
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3 years ago

Did Connor die?

Issablle Tortic
Community Member
3 years ago

When the exit sign changed the most

Ellis
Community Member
3 years ago

As did the paintings(s) and the rug...

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Lynn Bull
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3 years ago

They all look more mature in 2017. Friend #4 (others refer to Connor) makes me sad regardless of why.

Steven McCornack
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3 years ago

We never liked Connor anyway! lol

Patricia Stilwell
Community Member
3 years ago

OMG They ate Conner. I just know it.

Yenny Kartika
Community Member
3 years ago

somebody's dead?

Matt Howell
Community Member
3 years ago

That's a different rug.

Patricia Stilwell
Community Member
3 years ago

Dude, everything is different! Couch, exit sign, artwork...no Connor...

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Etulybly
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3 years ago

Eventually The Terminator succeeded... sad.

Quialzler Regenn 2
Community Member
3 years ago

Where's Connor?

Michèle Gyselinck
Community Member
3 years ago

There's one guy missing.

Ellis
Community Member
3 years ago

No shit Sherlock

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S Miki
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3 years ago

Seth got younger.

Lusine M.
Community Member
3 years ago

how different ! Some look older after 7 years, some look younger.

Riga Doon
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3 years ago

17 years

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Steve Bowman
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3 years ago

Wow, Seth still has his hair. And his hairstyle.

Thorsten M. Weisner
Community Member
3 years ago

Connor died? :´-(

Lisa Lee
Community Member
3 years ago

Seth didnt age AT ALL! lol

Joanne Barth
Community Member
3 years ago

what happened to Connor

scrappyrat
Community Member
3 years ago

OMG, he's become invisible!

Jethro Jones
Community Member
3 years ago

i like the confidence the guy on the far right has gained. From shoulders sunken, chin down, guarded with arms crossed, submissive body language... to shoulders back, chin up, relaxed, confident.

Kelly Yockman
Community Member
3 years ago

Why did this one instantly make me pout omg I know he probably just couldn't make it BUT STILL

Flower Waheed
Community Member
3 years ago

Aww Connor is missing....

Azure Adams
Community Member
3 years ago

The missing one died

Axel Santos
Community Member
3 years ago

this one is sad :/

Karen Edwards
Community Member
3 years ago

What happened to Connor?

Parmeisan
Community Member
3 years ago

I like the reversal with the sandals.

Isabel Tamayo
Community Member
3 years ago

Hope we'll know about Connor.

Honolulu Storm
Community Member
3 years ago

Sam lost his hair and now looks so old. Wow life is unkind to some

Oliver Gloxin
Community Member
3 years ago

Don't agree, I think Sam looks best :-)

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Stephanie Grice
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3 years ago

This one is making my pregnant self cry at work..one is missing 😭

Alextrónica
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3 years ago

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Where's the coffin?

Ellis
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3 years ago

What kind of an insensitive moron are you really!?! Geez

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Ethan, Ellie And Christina

Ethan, Ellie And Christina

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James Floyd
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3 years ago

Ellie got too famous for you other two!

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Chris

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Roxane Milko
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3 years ago

He has great eyebrows

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Josephine

Josephine

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Friedlander Rosenzweig
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3 years ago

Thankfully she looks a bit happier in the second one.

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Ann

Ann

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Friedlander Rosenzweig
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3 years ago

Reminds a bit of “Eleven “ in the 2000 pic.

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Katie And Amanda

Katie And Amanda

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Steve Bowman
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3 years ago

And together: "Where's Katie?"

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Jess

Jess

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Friedlander Rosenzweig
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3 years ago

I agree with you Jess. Hope 2018 is a great year for all of us!

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