The blog ‘Dear Photograph’ made it to the Top 10-Websites of 2011 list of Time magazine. Everything started with an idea of 22-year-old Taylor Jones when browsing through old family photographs in his mother’s home. He pulled out a snap of his younger brother on the day of his third birthday party. Holding up the picture, he realised it had been taken in the same living room in which he sat. He held it at arm’s length and it looked though his baby brother had been transported to the future. The project was born! 8 months and 10 million hits later he quit is ‘dayjob’ and is at the moment finishing a book about ‘Dear Photograph’.
The project is about bringing old photographs into the present. You hold your own (old) photopgraph right in front of the exact background where it was made and make a picture (don’t forget to show your thumb in the pic :-) When uploading the photo most photographers tell a little story for the viewers – sometimes self-critical, sometimes funny, but sometimes also sad – but almost always poetic.
Here are a few examples:
And now: go and get your own picture uploaded on Dear Photograph – we’re looking forward to receiving your links :-)