Everyone gets older. There’s no avoiding it. Even celebrities—despite their best efforts and contrary to our belief that they always look good—experience the toll of the passing years. Dutch graphic designer Ard Gelinck put his skills to work creating side-by-side photoshops of celebrities and their younger selves.
“I was pleasantly surprised when it was picked up by various media worldwide at the start of this year,” says Ard in an interview with Bored Panda after his gallery of images went viral. “And indeed, I got a lot of followers. And still counting. Very nice. Nice to see that you can entertain people and show something that makes them laugh and think.” The project has taken the designer about two years to complete—he started back in 2017. The then and now series usually features a random celebrity, though Ard admits that sometimes he does a specific celebrity because their birthday is coming up. The gallery includes celebrities like Keanu Reeves, Julia Roberts, Clint Eastwood, and Robin Williams. Some of the images make you say “Awww,” while others just make you cringe. It’s also evident that somethings—or in this case some celebrities—get better with age. Of course, the opposite is true, and the toll of years seems more tragic with some individuals. You can also pick out those celebrities that decided to buck the advice of growing old gracefully and went under the knife in an effort to stave off the wrinkles and other changes. Several of the photos also make you wonder, “What were you thinking?” Though, fashion changes over the years and what was hot then is just plain odd now.
Regardless of how you look at it, Ard’s work is definitely entertaining and thought provoking. It brings back memories of people who have helped shape our lives in one way or another. It does make you hope that you’re not the next subject on Ard’s list, though.