We can't forget the past, but we can recreate it. Many are taking advantage of this opportunity by submitting their old and recreated photos to the subreddit r/PastAndPresentPics.
So, what childhood or teenage moments would you love to recreate? No matter how awkward it is, it will be fun figuratively turning back the hands of time. Here are some handpicked posts from the subreddit to teach you what you need to do to know how to pull this off.
The Same Couple Some 25 Years Later
Recreated Childhood Pic For Their Mom's 60th Birthday
She looks so great at 60!
The subreddit has been around for some years now. The founders talked about their journey and favorite posts:
"If you sort the subreddit by 'Top' you'll notice our most popular pictures are from 2 years ago, 7 years ago, and 4 years ago. The subreddit has been around for a long time, and some of our front page posts were from quite a while ago.
"Recently, there was a post that I'm really fond of. It features a past-and-present picture of a person that is a cub scout to an eagle scout. Really cool to see them grow and still have the same outfit."
One Of The Saddest Recreated Pictures You'll See
Notice how the first holds a form of the past and present? Beautiful! But, the recreated photo holds such poignance.
Faithful Little Buddy
Still as cute!
Talking about the fans' favorite posts, NateTrib explained that photos recreating the past, photos where the person tries to nail every tiny detail, including the pose, outfit, and background, are the most loved.
He added from personal experience:
"Shout out to my dad who still had his same shirt 25 years later when we did a family Christmas photo recreation!"
Whenever someone posts a past and present photo on the subreddit, NateTrib explains the reaction they get. He said:
"The subreddit is a pretty niche, so when someone takes the time to do a legit Past And Present Pic, the community definitely shows them love!"
This Couple 48 Hours After They Met At Woodstock And 50 Years Later
That seemingly devious look in the first is totally absent in the second, but we love this all the same.
As A Baby Wearing Funky Wigs Vs. As An Adult With The Hair She Actually Grew
34 Years Later
Those tattoos, though...
With over 62k members, the subreddit continues to entertain its followers. In truth, we all have a soft spot for nostalgia, and these photo recreations satisfy that slight craving. Enfrozt said:
"Whether it's walking down the road of your childhood neighborhood, the smell of your mother's homecooked food, or eating ice cream from the shop near your house that tastes the same as when you were young, memories from the good times can spark positive emotions. I think the older we get, the more we reminisce about the 'god times,' the fond memories of growing up."
40 Years Later And His Look Is Still The Same
Wearing The Same Outfit Momma Made At 2 And 39 Years Old
Graduating Headstart As Kids Vs. Graduating College
To describe the photos, the moderator, Enfrozt, uses this quote from Andy Bernard:
"I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you actually left them."
Well, the subreddit is making this possible.
He further added:
"Partake in a hobby, learn a language, practice an instrument, visit a country. It's never too late to do that one thing you've been putting off, make everyday matter."
First Day To School As A Student Vs. First Day To School As A Teacher
Mom In 1980 Vs. Her Daughter In 2014
Are you sure it's not a black and white vs. colored photograph? They would easily pass for twins!
Mom And Son Plant Their Faces On A Copier, Then And Now
Sweet recreation! Even the tongue out.
Parents Took Weird Photos Of Them Asleep As Kids, They Recreated The Photos As Adults And Truly Look Hangover
The subreddit doesn't get posts frequently, but when it does, it's often excellent. Enfrozt highlighted that it's not about the quantity but quality when he said:
"I think the subreddit is a perfect sweet spot between a small enough community to not attract too many trolls, and large enough that we get content. Our little corner on Reddit has a great community."
Would you like to re-enact and post some pictures from the past? Get your friends and family together to make new memories from old ones. As the moderators said:
"See where you are today from where you came from and have a laugh or two while doing it."
From A Ten Year Old Cub Scout To A 27-Year-Old Eagle Scout On The Same Hat!
35 Years Later, He Got What He Deserved
A Dance In Sixth Grade Vs. Our Wedding Day
He is obviously no longer disinterested.
Recreating Photos From My First Day Of Kindergarten With My Brothers For Mom's 60th Birthday
Came To This Courtroom With His Class In Kindergarten Vs. Completing His Internship With The Judge In The Same Courtroom 14 Years Later
It's the pure joy in the first picture for us.
In The Womb Vs. Outside It
Old habits do die hard.
Friendships That Last A Lifetime, 1927 Vs. 1992
Siblings in the middle with their best friends after 65 years!
Same Crocodile, Different Feeders, 15 Years Apart
The photo shows Steve and Robert Irwin feeding the same crocodile 15 years apart.
Neighbors Since Birth, Photo On The Right Taken On The Bride's 3rd Birthday
It's the outfits for us.
Beautifully Recreated 15 Years Later
Grandma And Dad In 1966 Vs. 2020
If only she could lift him. Moms remain the best!
His Sister Got Married Over The Weekend And They Chose To Recreate This Childhood Gem
Famous Photo Of A 12-Year-Old Afghan Girl And Another 18 Years Later By Steve McCurry
I can't tell if that is a fierce or fearful look.
Past And Present Pic Of This Young Man Playing Computer Games
He hasn't changed much. Look at his hair and droopy eyes!
Same Spot At 1 Year Old Vs. At 11 Years Old
Perfect Strangers In The Past And Present
Recreated Their Bathtub Photo 20 Years Later
Mom Holding Daughter In 1979 Vs. Mom Holding Granddaughter In 2019 In The The Same Dress
15 Years Of Anniversaries In The Same Poses
At some point, they stopped taking them with digital cameras and switched to phones. Can you tell when from the photos?
25 Years Later At The Same Beach
At the very least, I'm glad he is not wearing a diaper.
Siblings In 1992 Vs. 2014
Passing The Baby Express From My Dad To My Son
When He Remains Unphotogenic Even After Decades
Been Maintaining The Tradition Of Taking A Photo 5 Years Apart At Their Cabin In Copco Lake In California
Siblings Together, 24 Years Later
Grandma's Lebanese Passport Picture From 1955 Vs Granddaughter's In The Present
It was a gift to her dad. We are sure he was glad to see his mom in his daughter. Such shocking similarity!
17 Years Apart At The Same Place - Cicada Brood
This Is So Cute!
Daddy Maintained That Look Even 23 Years Later!
Mom's Daughter At Age 2 In 1998 Vs. Granddaughter In 2019 At Age 2 Also
Obsessed Preschoolers Had Matching Photos As Ninja Turtles, Now As A Couple, They Recreated It
Tony Hawk Sometime In 1983 Vs. Me Earlier This Year At Sanoland In Cardiff, California
33 Years Later
My Son's First Days Of School Over Time
Pops Created His Childhood Photo With Santa
Steveo Has Really Come A Long Way In 15 Years
We hope these motivate you to recreate your beautiful past and help you experience the joy that came with it.