A classical photo album

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Sometimes, artists are able to create something simple that profoundly affects its audience.

The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial  was such a piece of art, as the first person to touch the name of their loved one inscribed on The Wall discovered.

Similarly, a Canadian photographer, Taylor Jones, has discovered a way to go back in time and bring precious memories of our younger selves or lost loved ones into today’s world.

He does it by suggesting that you find favorite photographs from your past.

Then, take the photograph to the site where the picture was taken, hold it out in front of you and line it up with the same scene.

Snap the new photo, including your fingers, as you hold the old photo in front of the place where it was taken.

Then, submit it to DearPhotograph.com, with a caption as to its meaning.

Jones describes this concept as “Take a picture of a picture from the past in the present.”

You can visit the site at Dear Photograph. It takes a while to load because of all the photos that have been submitted, but it is worth the wait.

I routinely scout old family albums as I make photo albums for my grandchildren’s birthdays and Christmas.

I want to show them what their parents looked like at their age.

But, this is even more interesting. What does the spot look like now where the photo was taken? Is it still there?

I once tracked down the house where my mother grew up and took a photograph of it to show her. How much more interesting if I had posed with the old photo in front of her house.

Many who have submitted photos are recreating the happiness they remember with now lost loved ones.

It is as though time were erased, and the only thing left is happy memories today.

Do you have old family photo albums you haven’t looked at in awhile?

Might you enjoy a trip with your grandchildren to find the spots where favorite photos were taken?

Better yet, might they enjoy looking at them with you, telling you which spots they want to visit?

What do they look like now?

To you, the precious photographs of your grandchildren and the gift of time travel.

Carol Covin, “Granny-Guru”

Author, “Who Gets to  Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers


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