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You Can Submit a Photo of a Photo to Dear Photograph

Today I received an email from my son’s FIL, Donald,  about a photo concept and website- take a picture of an old photograph in the same location where it was taken.  He must have seen it and knew it would be something I would enjoy looking at.  Boy, I’ll say……………..

The website is Dear Photograph and now that I’ve gone and read about it all, I must be the last to hear about it.

Dear Photograph is all over the news. It was even on  the TODAY show.  There’s a book of photographs using this concept that the young author/photographer Taylor Jones has authored.  Simple and satisfying.  Touching and fun.

So I looked at what was done and thought I would dig out a few photographs and give it a try.   I just skimmed the tip of the iceberg as I limited my search to one box and a single framed photo – the one of the family in front of the house is Fall 1991, the year we moved into the house.  Laura was in the third grade, Matthew fifth and Mark a Sophomore in HS.

And then I tried it. I found it tricky to hold up the photo and shoot with one hand. These are shot with the iPhone camera. I’m sure with a bit of balancing and practice the outcome could be improved but it was fun and I enjoyed trying to capture the photo of the photo.

Here are the results.  Thank you Taylor Jones for the cool inspiration.  I know the blogging community probably knows all about you  and your website already but I’m glad Donald sent me the link to your website this morning.   See what you can come up with using your old photographs. Having moved9 times in 16 years, there are a lot of photos of places I can’t return to and take the shot.

kids in front of house



My pans have changed a bit from the Farberware to the All-Clad.  Not totally but the rack is the same. Different stove. I still have the vase, too.





20 responses

  1. LOVE this Ruth- so sweet!!


    February 10, 2013 at 10:33 pm

  2. Marlene

    We knew you would enjoy doing this. Look forward to seeing more.


    February 10, 2013 at 10:39 pm

  3. Awesome! 🙂


    February 11, 2013 at 1:05 am

  4. Love what you created using old photos with current settings/background. It’s a beautiful way to remember the love, joys and milestones through the years. You have a loving , happy family and it shines wonderfully in every images you made.


    February 11, 2013 at 4:30 am

  5. Chaque photo grave un moment qui ne reviendra plus jamais.


    February 11, 2013 at 5:59 am

  6. Such a cool idea. I’m heading over to check those links now.


    February 11, 2013 at 7:08 am

  7. Sue Reinfeld

    Very cool!


    February 11, 2013 at 7:58 am

  8. Gail

    Such fun. So creative


    February 11, 2013 at 8:01 am

  9. Ellen

    Beautiful new/old photos, Ruth! What a great way to reminisce. Now when you travel you will have to allow an extra carry-on for the old photographs. Thanks for sharing.


    February 11, 2013 at 8:19 am

  10. connie

    Such a great selection; but the final one – priceless!


    February 11, 2013 at 10:35 am

  11. Joe W

    This a such a great concept. I love the old photos.


    February 11, 2013 at 11:17 am

  12. These are really great, Ruth. I love the one of the family sitting on the steps. 🙂


    February 11, 2013 at 11:39 am

  13. A great idea!, Ruth, although this could keep you busy for years, at least.


    February 11, 2013 at 3:44 pm

  14. Don’t worry, you are not the last one. I’ve never heard of it and it is a wonderful idea.


    February 11, 2013 at 5:20 pm

  15. Joyce

    Just love this concept and your adaptation is terrific!


    February 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm

  16. Oh wow, what a cool concept! Genius. Thank you for sharing!


    February 11, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    • The guy who wrote the book about Dear Photograph was 21 and it was definitely genius.


      February 11, 2013 at 8:53 pm

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  18. Well, I must REALLY live a sheltered life – I never heard of this until about 10 minutes ago! What a concept – I love it!!


    February 13, 2013 at 1:31 am

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