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How Well Will You Age?

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When we’re young, we quietly take stock of those around us and reject notions that we will eventually gain weight, deflate, wrinkle and sag. When we’re old, we reminisce about the smooth, taut and strong bodies of our youth. You can look to your relatives for rough facsimiles of how you might age, but ultimately, only time will tell what you might look like in 5, 15, or 30 years.

Photographer Irina Werning taps into our fascination with aging in a series of photographs she calls Back to the Future. But instead of photographing people and waiting patiently for the years to pass, she solicits childhood photographs from strangers and then recreates the scene today. The results are mesmerizing:

from Irina Werning's book Back to the Future

from Irina Werning's book Back to the Future

from Irina Werning's book Back to the Future

from Irina Werning's book Back to the Future

from Irina Werning's book Back to the Future

Mechi 1990 & 2010, Buenos Aires; from Irina Werning's Back to the Future project

from Irina Werning's book Back to the Future

Pancho 1983 & 2010, Buenos Aires; from Irina Werning's Back to the Future project

from Irina Werning's book Back to the Future

Zurbano Family 1999 & 2011, Buenos Aires; from Irina Werning's Back to the Future project

from Irina Werning's book Back to the Future

Johanes 1994 & 2011, Hamburg; from Irina Werning's Back to the Future project

Werning is just now publishing a limited-edition book that documents this multi-year project. You can also apply to participate in her project; she is currently looking for residents of Korea, Tokyo, and Taiwan to add to the collection.

Kalliopi Monoyios About the Author: Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator. She has illustrated several popular science books including Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at www.kalliopimonoyios.com. Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. Wayne Williamson 7:15 pm 06/26/2014

    not sure, but I think this is kind of cool.

    Link to this

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