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Young Me/Now Me

Placed together, a picture from a scrapbook and a careful reconstruction of it 20, 30 or 40 years later tell an enormous tale.

The projects on Ze Frank’s website put the visitor’s creativity to the test. Young Me/Now Me is the latest in vlog guru Ze Frank’s series of participatory projects, and like many other recent ones it totters on the blade of digital techniques and human memory. In Childhood Walk, Frank challenged his community to go on a walk from their childhood using the street-view option on Google Maps. Young Me/Now Me literally places the analogue past and the digital present side by side: photos from the family scrapbook are carefully reconstructed, with the same people or division of roles, but then 20, 30 or 40 years later.

It sounds simple, but it offers up some surprisingly multifaceted results. Sometimes we get laughter (men in diapers beside their baby pictures), sometimes there’s endearment (an elderly couple dances just as fervently as in the black-and-white picture from their courtship). But more often than not, the combination of just two images speaks volumes: 10 years later, the tough guy is wearing a real army uniform, but he just looks so unsure of himself.

At IDFA, the site was showcased during the live storytelling evening Objective Stories.

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Year of development :2010
Created by:Ze Frank

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