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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"Reverse 2"

My friend Phil read my last post and suggested I ghost a picture of myself over the old photo of my great great grandmother. That sounded like a much better idea than the more practical thing I was working on in Illustrator, so I dumped that project for now and followed his suggestion.

Eerie.

I know I made the comment that our faces aren't new, but I really hadn't realized how much Lizzy and I look alike. It was easy to line up the ghosted image of my face over hers because the placement of our features are in the same places. Our chins, mouths, foreheads, ears are all the same. Yeah, creepy! Good thing so many people said so many good things about her when she was alive!

She obviously had better clothes and a better hairstyle than me though, so I made a composite to imagine living in Victorian times.

This was kind of fun even though it did freak me out a bit. Maybe everyone else should do this with pictures of their ancestors?

29 comments:

  1. I agree - creepy! ;D What a cool idea, I'm definitely trying this myself!

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  2. Wow! Really neat Linda. I'd do it but my parents always told me I couldn't possibly be related to them. lol

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  3. Oh WOWWW! Wow, wow, wow! Well, you both are very pretty, so it works out quite nicely. :)

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  4. Thanks! I feel like doing this with some other ancestors and see if I look like any of them too. Pretty sure my nose came from Dad's side, but maybe that's just because Dad and I both broke them?

    Hey Rand, maybe you should do this and prove to your parents once and for all that they can't deny responsibility for you? :D

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  5. Cool idea! You could have also used this one a few weeks ago when the IF word was "Deja Vu."

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  6. What a fun idea to do! And you look lovely in that Victorian style.

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  7. Seriously, you could be sisters, if not twins! I tried what you suggested Linda, but funnily enough my features matched up to the milk man...

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  8. Deja vu would've been a great idea Steve!

    Brigitte, I have come to terms with the reality that I would never sit still long enough to actually put all that stuff on and have my hair done up like that. I'll stick to dreaming.

    Rand, funny how that milkman got around! There were comments about how my sister looked like him too...?

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  9. That is so interesting. I'm going to have to pass on your link to some of my art friends. I for one would love to ghost myself!

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  10. that is very cool... what a great idea,, it's beautiful too.

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  11. Oh wow! This is fabulous. I really like this.

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  12. Gosh Linda that is a really spooky similarity, but then it just shows it is all in the genes! Clever technique you used, your ancestors would have been very impressed with what a computer can do. I wonder what your future relatives will do with your photos in 100 years time....!

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  13. Really cool Linda! It turned out great!

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  14. Thanks everybody! This was fun to do, and I hope other people do it too. I lucked out that my profile pic was so similar in angle to Lizzy's photo, but something to keep in mind if anyone else does it with their ancestors' photos. The lighting was the wrong direction too, so something else to consider if you take pictures to match something from the past.

    Thanks for the follow Martin!!

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  15. Wow-- amazing! What a fun distraction! Now-- back to work! :)

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  16. Wow, The resemblance is really incredible. Cool to see where you came from.

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  17. Oh my goodness! That is too cool/strange/eerie ...

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  18. This is so incredible! I'd love to try it. I have lots of old family photos too but I can't imagine them working as well as yours did!
    -Andrea

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  19. wow Linda, now that is sending a slight sliver shiver down my spine.. What a good idea, and cr---eeep---y! Did you do it the other way, put her face on your own photograph?

    greetings from oz :)

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  20. Thanks everybody! I have to admit I feel a little blind that I really didn't see how similar Lizzy and I looked until I did this little experiment.

    @Andrew, I like that idea of bringing Lizzy into the present! :)

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  21. Heisann!
    Amazing...
    What a look alike!
    I take the challenge ;:OD)

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  22. That's very cool, genetics are really amazing, even facial expressions and mannerisms can be mimicked in later generations.

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  23. Thanks for all the comments! Kind of gives me a new meaning for "spooked"!

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  24. Such an interesting process... and result! You look so alike!! I collect old CDV for my collage and always wonder about the people on those cards. Very well done.

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  25. I've always thought it's sad when ancestor pictures end up at a garage sale, and nobody knows who they are any more. Love the idea of using them in a collage, even if you don't know who they are.

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