Back To The Future

If you want to feel old, then all I need do is tell you that last year was the 25th anniversary of the release of the Michael J Fox classic film Back to the Future.

(If you don't remember as far back as 1985, we're not impressed. Just a bit jealous. I left school that year...)

Anyway, the exploits of Marty McFly and Doc Brown not only spawned two sequels but gave rise to a new vocabulary, spawning thousands of Back to the Future headlines and - most recently - a fascinating photography project by Brazilian photographer Irina Werning.

I love rummaging through friends and families’ photo albums, but when Werning did it she realised an on-going fascination.

“I love old photos, she said. "As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today...

"A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.”

And that's what she has done, recreating photos taken many decades ago with the original subject and (as far as was possible) what looks very much like the original clothes and props.

I saw this done in a newspaper supplement a couple of weeks ago with celebrities recreating their favourite childhhood photos, but this has much more resonance because the person is unknown to us at both stages of their life.

I really enjoyed it. See what you think...

Click here to visit Irina Werning's website