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

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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#4

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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#6

Ethan

Ethan

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KK
Community Member
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

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
Community Member
3 years ago

Craig is really tanned in 2017

velocirrober
Community Member
3 years ago

Hard to tan inside the clo... Hmm... never mind... these jokes never do well here.

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Marylou Sakosky
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3 years ago

You folks talk like you really know these folks..am i missing something ?

Elaine Van Zon
Community Member
3 years ago

glad Craig has learnt how to wear his hat properly :)

Tiari
Community Member
3 years ago

They are wearing the same checkered shirts like Tenley & Ryan, I wonder what's the story behind this.

Patrick Lopez
Community Member
3 years ago

Apparently all these pictures were taken at a class reunion, and the shirt were a gift to all the attendees/graduates, from the school. It's probably the schools colors.

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Liz dJ
Community Member
3 years ago

To me it seems like Craig spots a cute animal next to him, like a cat or dog. Or a kid 😅

Suzanne Marriott
Community Member
3 years ago

He's turning his head to show off his man-bun!

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A.Guy
Community Member
3 years ago

Definitely supports my long held theory that women age like wine and men age like lettuce

Steven McCornack
Community Member
3 years ago

Still wearing the flip flops!

Jenny Lorenz
Community Member
3 years ago

Woo he has gotten so dark I thought there was a mistake.

Rose Sakkara Blacke
Community Member
3 years ago

amy and jess are matching

Full Name
Community Member
3 years ago

3 vote conservative and one votes liberal. Guess which is which!

Jean Schweibish
Community Member
3 years ago

Whazzup Craig?!?

Beverly Palmacci
Community Member
3 years ago

Are you sure that's Craig??

Danusha Kuchtová
Community Member
3 years ago

craig seems happy because he had his coming-out – no offence, just what I see, and I like it

velocirrober
Community Member
3 years ago

Some people here will take *anything* as an offense. You are good.

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incognito82
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3 years ago

They became their parents

Marvie Bailey
Community Member
3 years ago

Lol, they all got cooler

Lynn Bull
Community Member
3 years ago

Love the 2017 for all of them.

Alextrónica
Community Member
3 years ago

Spot the gay!

Emmer
Community Member
3 years ago

Uhh Idk maybe the guy behind the window? :D

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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.

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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

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
Community Member
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
Community Member
3 years ago

And together: "Where's Katie?"

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Jess

Jess

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Friedlander Rosenzweig
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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