Hang Out with Your Past Self with the Help of Photoshop

Doc Brown hasn’t come up with the flux capacitor yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t practice a little time travel yourself. Just look at the example Conor Nickerson set. The Montreal-based photographer used Photoshop to add his adult self into photos hanging out with his younger self. Conor displays a high level of skill, adding himself to photos from 1997 through 2005.

relaxing in our backyard

The idea for the project came to Conor as he was browsing through some old photographs of himself. The thought occurred that he could photoshop himself into the images. So, he went to work gathering old hats and t-shirts so that he could give it a try. But finding the right outfits wasn’t the biggest challenge of the project. Instead, it was trying to match the quality of the new photos to the old ones. “It involved a lot of blurring, sharpening, and noise to try to get it to look like an older photo,” explains Conor. He did a pretty impressive job.

Connor during birthday parties

The photos include a number of different situations, from a nice day in the shade to playing the guitar for his own garage band. Train trips and birthday parties were also visited. One shot, presumably of Halloween, shows the younger Conor posing with the older Conor, both dressed as Men in Black—which makes the idea of time travel a little more feasible.

train trips with Connor

While the project may have been just for fun, it does showcase some pretty cool skills with Photoshop. It’s a great way to get your name out there, and would make a pretty strong portfolio to share with any potential employers. At the very least, it must have been a neat walk down memory lane.

Plus, it’s kind of a freaky conversation starter—“And here I am helping myself open presents at my third birthday party.”

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