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The past: Reframed. Re-lived.

It’s not every day that you stumble across something which blows you away, especially when you don’t quite understand why. It happened to me on Sunday, and I’m still more than a little fascinated.

Described by MSNBC as “a site that will make you call your Mom”, Dear Photograph is a beautifully simple idea. Find an old picture, go back to where it was taken, hold it up, line it up, and re-take it. For loved ones long gone, it almost brings them back. To re-live good times (or bad), it almost brings them back. I can imagine that for many people doing this, it’s quite an emotional exercise. There’s something magical and challenging about re-living – and re-imagining – the past.

The site has only been going a short while, so it’s unclear if it’s going to “go viral” or not. Either way, it reminds me a little of PostSecret, which did turn out to be a huge success.

If you decide to give it a go, you can submit photographs to dearphotograph@gmail.com. They’re also @dearphotograph on Twitter.

20 comments

1 changefeed { 07.21.11 at 3:06 pm }

->@kiwanja: The past: Reframed. Re-lived. http://bit.ly/oOMiK9

2 Ken Banks { 07.21.11 at 3:07 pm }

Would love to hear what other people think about this new site. Fascinating. "The past: Reframed. Re-lived". http://is.gd/yButE9

3 Mariam Cook { 07.21.11 at 3:15 pm }

first example is extra-spooky RT @kiwanja: Fascinating. "The past: Reframed. Re-lived". http://is.gd/yButE9

4 Duncan { 07.21.11 at 3:18 pm }

first example is extra-spooky RT @kiwanja: Fascinating. "The past: Reframed. Re-lived". http://is.gd/yButE9

5 Nicola Avery { 07.21.11 at 3:42 pm }

Would love to hear what other people think about this new site. Fascinating. "The past: Reframed. Re-lived". http://is.gd/yButE9

6 三輪 開人 { 07.21.11 at 3:43 pm }

こういう嗜好は好き。=>The past: Reframed. Re-lived. http://t.co/l1dyMjJ

7 lara long { 07.21.11 at 7:02 pm }

A lovely memory. Another example of technology meeting humanity. RT @TopsyRT: The past: Reframed. Re-lived. http://bit.ly/raatyh

8 Facundo Falduto { 07.21.11 at 8:05 pm }

Encuadrar el pasado http://ow.ly/5Kkd7 vía @maccur.

9 Mauro Accurso { 07.21.11 at 8:06 pm }

Encuadrar el pasado http://ow.ly/5Kkd7 vía @maccur.

10 Ken Banks { 07.21.11 at 8:35 pm }

Old #media meets new media meets the real world meets #humanity in this wonderful "Dear Photograph" site. http://is.gd/yButE9

11 Ken Banks { 07.21.11 at 8:37 pm }

Old #media meets new media meets the real world meets humanity in this wonderful "Dear Photograph" website. http://is.gd/yButE9

12 Ivo Mortani (Movere) { 07.21.11 at 8:39 pm }

Old #media meets new media meets the real world meets humanity in this wonderful "Dear Photograph" website. http://is.gd/yButE9

13 emerbeamer { 07.21.11 at 8:41 pm }

Better than planking! @kiwanja Old #media meets new media meets humanity in this wonderful "Dear Photograph" website. http://t.co/acdaeIU

14 Chikere E { 07.21.11 at 8:59 pm }

@kiwanja: Old #media meets new media meets the real world meets humanity in this wonderful "Dear Photograph" website. http://t.co/dn0XXna”

15 NatGeo Explorer { 07.21.11 at 9:55 pm }

RT @kiwanja: Old #media meets new media meets the real world meets humanity in this wonderful "Dear Photograph" website. http://is.gd/yButE9

16 lou masabech { 07.21.11 at 10:12 pm }

RT @kiwanja: Old #media meets new media meets the real world meets humanity in this wonderful "Dear Photograph" website. http://is.gd/yButE9

17 Aleksei { 07.23.11 at 1:08 pm }

You’ve found a brilliant. Very interesting and deep idea.

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