Chino Otsuka’s fascinating double self-portraits for ‘Imagine Finding Me’ series


Japanese-born photographer and visual artist Chino Otsuka incorporates an imaginative idea of time travel in her series of self-portraits.

Photo by Chino Otsuka via AGO

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?”

Photos by Chino Otsuka via AGO

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.

Photos by Chino Otsuka via AGO

All information in this article were sourced from AGO, where you can learn everything about Chino Otsuka’s series.

written by chooolss on 2013-12-17 in #lifestyle #chino-otsuka #imagine-finding-me #self-portrait

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