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Japanese Photographer Goes Back in Time

If you could place yourself back in time, where would you go? Most likely to your childhood days, when things were freshly colorful and joyous, right?
That’s what this Tokyo-born photographer did with her space-time warp power–she digitally put herself in her old childhood photos–this time, as an adult.

Read what Yahoo News has to say about her venture…

Chino Otsuka is “harnessing the power of her digital art skills to travel back to her childhood. [She] places a current photograph of herself next to a younger photo in a new series titled, ‘Imagine Finding Me.'”


The visual artist left Japan for the United Kingdom at the age of 10. Photographs of Otsuka sightseeing across Asia and Europe date as far back as 1975. “The scenes provide viewers with a different retrospect on Otsuka’s childhood. In each photo, a more recent shot of Otsuka is standing next to or with an older photo of herself. In some instances, the double self-portraits span over 30 years.

“They’re all in transitional places. … So it’s like bridges, hotel rooms, trains,” she notes. “Again, the whole thing of this traveling is running through (the series).””


This sense of transitional movement, space/time bridges and tunnels, is a quiet reminder of the ephemeral quality of time. These photographs, in our opinion, represent a kind of “worm hole” or portal, back into time when we can once again capture moments of the past.

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