Every now and then, you see something on the internet that just makes you stop and go “yay!” Such is the case with these neato photos by artist Wilma Hurskainen, who gathered her three sisters together to recreate family photos that their dad took of them when they were little for a series called “Growth.” This is one of those great art projects that functions well on a conceptual level as well as a purely visual one; you can ponder Wilma’s artist’s statement at the same time that you’re having fun picking out little details. I especially like this part of her statement:
I have always been very attracted by the photograph´s ability to cross time and create this kind of comparisons. There is something sad, almost tragic, about looking at old photographs compared to new ones and seeing how people and things have changed or grown up. After all, it is said that time has been accepted as a common means of measuring life because people are not able nor willing to see the change in themselves. In the pictures it seems as if we were trying to go back to our childhood by adopting the same position towards each other and the photographer´s/spectator´s gaze but we unavoidably fail. We have to fail – there is no return in time.
This is very true. Enjoy!
Photos: Wilma Hurskainen