Japanese-born photographer and visual artist Chino Otsuka incorporates an imaginative idea of time travel in her series of self-portraits.
Imagine Finding Me is an autobiographical material by Otsuka, who’s currently based in London. She herself explains in a video on AGO that the idea of time travel, or “becoming a tourist of your own history,” was her starting point. What she did was sift through hundreds of old photos, take a photo of her current self in the same locations, and digitally compose them to form a new photograph. “The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine, as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history,” she explains.
The idea basically was, as Otsuka says, “What if you bumped into yourself somewhere on the stairs? What if you didn’t really realize [that] you just walked past yourself?”
In most photos, Otsuka makes it so that her older and younger self deliberately pose together in the frame – like mother and daughter or sisters, if you will. However, perhaps the most fascinating – and the ones that really epitomize her idea – are those that seemingly depict chance meetings.
All information in this article were sourced from AGO, where you can learn everything about Chino Otsuka’s series.