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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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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Captain Planet
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3 years ago

I gues she likes her car alot.

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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

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Brandon Paltoo
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3 years ago

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Wow she really aged ...

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Tenley And Ryan

Tenley And Ryan

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KK
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3 years ago

They do look uncomfy in the second pic. Her expression, his shoulders.... what happened :O?

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Eveline

Eveline

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UniversalMel
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3 years ago

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Wow... she became much more feminine

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Olympia

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Lumps
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3 years ago

She looks like she has seen some shit....

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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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Thorsten M. Weisner
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3 years ago

Connor died? :´-(

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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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KK
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3 years ago

Surprisingly little has changed :D

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Josephine

Josephine

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James Floyd
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3 years ago

The latter photo looks like Lena Dunham!

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Ann

Ann

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Brandon Paltoo
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3 years ago

He life got hard after the first photo, he eyes look tired and sad.

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Katie And Amanda

Katie And Amanda

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KK
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3 years ago

Where are you now, 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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