By Marlene Lenthang For Dailymail.com
Published: 16:16 EDT, 13 October 2017 | Updated: 16:17 EDT, 13 October 2017
A Montreal student has taken his passion for photography to the next level by re-inventing his childhood photos with editing himself into his childhood photographs, to create wild time-defying images that have even his close family members doing double takes.
Conor Nickerson, a photo editor at the McGill Daily, took to social media to share his throwback collection of 11 images in which he has Photoshopped himself to be side by side with his younger self, ,making it look like the two are the best of buds.
His collection spans his brightest moments from 1997 to 2005 that displays the two jamming out in a music garage, posing in tuxes, apple picking in an orchard, and blowing out their own birthday candles.
Baby bonding: Photographer Conor Nickerson edited himself into his baby photos from 1997 to 2005, and his images such as apple picking with his younger self, are extremely convincing
Two is better than one! The music student at McGill University used Photoshop to edit himself to fit flawlessly into the faded and grainy 90s images, such as above posing in sharp suits
Double take! Conor holds what appears to be his infant self in a mind-boggling photo from December 22, 1997 that defies time
The college student studying music reveals that the idea came to his while perusing his family's dusty childhood albums.
'While looking through some old family photos, I wondered what it would it look like if tried to Photoshop myself today into them. So I gathered all the old hats and T-shirts that I could find (and did my best to look like I belonged in the late 90s / early 2000s), and placed myself into 11 childhood moments,' he revealed in a Facebook post.
'The result was learning a lot about Photoshop, and an amusing, strange, and surprisingly introspective collection of photos of myself hanging out with myself,' he added.
The series starts with an image of baby Conor dressed in a sweatshirt, white sneakers and cap holding an apple on a grassy apple orchard. Adult Conor stands next to him in matching sneakers, dark jeans, a green sweatshirt and cap, looking down upon his younger self. At first glance, the two look like they could be brothers, the editing is imperceptible to the untrained eye.
A following photo reveals the two side by side in black suits with matching ties and mysterious sunglasses. The two look like the best of friends, save for an odd age difference that sees older Connor don a trim mustache. Even the camera's glare is identical in their sunglasses reflections.
One mind-boggling photo dated on December 22, 1997 reveals adult Conor holding what appears to be his infant self, in front of a cake that's edited to display 19 instead of one, likely to celebrate Conor's latest birthday, while a toddler gives a very toothy smile in the next seat. And the semblance between the two is uncanny in the time-defying photo.
Rocking out! Younger Conor may have been a singer, but adult Conor is really a jazz musician, and took to the guitar to accompany his younger self's voice in a very realistic edit
Spot the difference! His photos reveal Conor right next to his younger self. Conor revealed he had to go out to find 90s era outfits so as to match the context of the image series
Sit still! Younger Conor gives an exasperated face in the overexposed 90s image, while his older self sits calmly in deliberately curated 90s garb to match the time frame of the picture
Presents! The two open gifts side by side, giving a distracted look at the presents below
Conor reveals that the editing process for the one-of-a-kind photographs required tedious editing.
'It involved a lot of blurring, sharpening, and noise to try to get it to look like an older photo,' Bored Panda reported.
'Editing the pictures and looking at them so closely for so long takes a bit away from the shock value, but seeing the final images all together definitely is a bit strange!' he said.
'I feel like me and little me would have gotten along pretty alright,' on seeing the images of his two selves.
The friendly dynamic was especially strong in one adorable photo that revealed the two jamming out in a garage surrounded by band posters for Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac and a variety of instruments. Younger Conor, sporting a fresh bowl hair cut once popular in the 90s, sings into a microphone with a sway, while adult Conor, a jazz musician, takes to the guitar. The two wear identical green bomber jacket, grey pants, and white socks. No doubt the two would have similar musical tastes.
A following photo reveals the two slightly overlapping as they sit on the grass and look at something entertaining towards their right. The two wear green sweatshirts, gray pants, and chunky gym shoes with matching sunglasses. The side profile reveals the very cool comparison between Conor as a baby into his adult years, where the similarities in expression, hair, and rosy complexion are still the same.
Conor sandwich! Adult Conor sits to the right of a woman celebrating her birthday while his younger self sits on the other side, and the two give similar expressions to the camera
Fun in the sun! Conor's edit into a nature flick with his younger self manages to mimic sunlight and shadows perfectly to make it seem like Conor was really there in the 90s scene
Caught! The two give a candid glance at the camera, mouths parted and eyes off-guard in an old fashioned train with vintage upholstery, but adult Conor's fashion fits in seamlessly
Cheese! Little Conor's feet barely reach the ground while sitting in a lawn chair, while his adult self beside him seems like a completely different grown up stranger, rather than his future self
A following photo in what appears to be a different kitchen reveals a restless Connor sitting in front of the camera with a reluctant grimace, and his grown up self in the next chair with a soft smile, in classic 90s garb including a brown turtleneck and jeans. The special event could be Conor's birthday as the kitchen table behind reveals party cups and plates and a festive balloon.
Other photos reveal the two side by side smiling on lake fronts, candidly glancing at the camera while riding on the train, and giving a squinting smile while sun basking on lawn chairs.
One puzzling photo reveals today's Conor and younger Conor celebrating an older woman's birthday as they sit on either side of her, with their glances distracted. The photo causes viewers to jump back and forth between the two in the Conor sandwich to connect the dots.
But editing himself into throwback photos isn't the only magic Conor can conjure. The young artist is a fan of experimenting with his editing skills and recently launched another photo series where he restores color to vintage black and white photographs.
He took to Facebook to share two images of his grandfather in uniform serving in Seoul during the Korean War in 1952, one as the faded and colorless original and the second a restored full color image that looks like it could be taken today. The series joins his evident photography passion for nostalgic art.Read more:
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