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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2 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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2 years ago

i love Kimmy :D

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Larry

Larry

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KK
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2 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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2 years ago

Becky looks older in 2000 than she does in 2017.

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Aili

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KK
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2 years ago

She dropped the junkfood :D

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Ethan

Ethan

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KK
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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 years ago

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

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Craig, Denise, Amy And Jess

Craig, Denise, Amy And Jess

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Javier Kintero
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2 years ago

Craig is really tanned in 2017

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#12

Chris, Connor Sam And Seth

Chris, Connor Sam And Seth

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KK
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2 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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2 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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2 years ago

He has great eyebrows

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Josephine

Josephine

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Friedlander Rosenzweig
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2 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
2 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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2 years ago

And together: "Where's Katie?"

Jeremie Guerra
Community Member
2 years ago

or somehow they succeeded to merge maybe? :)

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KK
Community Member
2 years ago

Where are you now, Katie?

delloco
Community Member
2 years ago

It took her 17 years to perfect invisibility.

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Riz
Community Member
2 years ago

Or maybe she just didn't go to the reunion where all the 2017 photos were taken.

Kia Tabucanon
Community Member
2 years ago

People assumimg Katie died :-( maybe shes in another country!

Karel Sch.
Community Member
2 years ago

Or maybe she just was lazy to take picture in 2017 and will wait until next shot in 2034

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Danaya Blanks
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2 years ago

Or maybe Katie passed...:( I've had quite a few friends from 17 years ago pass.

landen raney
Community Member
2 years ago

Did Katie die?

Soccerluv
Community Member
2 years ago

She might have died or wasn't a good friend and just left..... :(

Karel Sch.
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah, maybe photographer died and Katie has to push trigger on camera :-D

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Johan En Amanda Stapelberg
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2 years ago

The photographer should say whee the missing people are, and let people guess

Sami
Community Member
2 years ago

Besides Kate....love the car in the 2000 photo!!

Jaswinder Singh
Community Member
2 years ago

Btw Where's Katie?

John Bennick
Community Member
2 years ago

Did it ever occur to you that the folks missing from the 2017 shots may have died?

Ellis
Community Member
2 years ago

Did ut ever occur to you they may not have dies but may have other reasons not to ve presebt for this photoshoot?

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Lance Maltby
Community Member
2 years ago

Amanda clearly loves to drive. Although she may have given up her stick shift for the ragtop.

Taryn Wallace
Community Member
2 years ago

Maybe they broke up??? Like romantically or as friends

Lisa Lee
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2 years ago

She loves her coupes lol

Bayu Catur Prasetyo
Community Member
2 years ago

Yg satunya lgi kemna?

Friedlander Rosenzweig
Community Member
2 years ago

This one is making me very sad...

Alextrónica
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2 years ago

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Another coffing is missing.

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Jess

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Friedlander Rosenzweig
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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