Christmas – circa 1979 vs. 2012 (Young Me, Now Me)

24 12 2012

Today is Christmas Eve and the yuletide spirit is in full effect. I came across this photograph of myself, aged about 4 or 5, taken with Father Christmas (as we call him in South Africa) in a mall, circa 1979.



Then I remembered watching an episode of the Graham Norton show a while back and seeing an interesting segment about imitating images from yesteryear, called Young Me, Now Me. Although the malls are crawling with Santa Claus impersonators (a very impressive one at Clearwater Mall I must say) I could not work up the courage to go and take a photograph with a mall Santa just for this post. Instead, the Spirit Sundae team done an impressive job recently at the Thuthuzela Community Aid Centre in the township of Alexandra in Johannesburg, and gave the underprivileged, orphaned and/or abandoned kiddies there a Christmas to remember with gifts and lunch. Our very own office Santa (Eddy the Editor) donned his Father Christmas attire with aplomb to entertain everyone, including me, as can be seen in this picture below.



So, in a way, I got my “Young Me, Now Me” moment. I think I should submit this pic, as the founder of the Young Me, Now Me website is publishing a book of these photographs, some of which are really funny. Also check out Dear Photograph for similar content, although here, the idea is taking a snapshot — usually one featuring one or more people and dating from the film-photography era — and holding it up against the original setting so that past and present blend into a new work of art.

Happy Holidays and happy snapping!




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