Matt Gray

Tracking change: a photo timeline

Dec 13, 2003

All right, so I was reading some posts from my archive, and I came across an ancient picture of myself with my old glasses on, and decided to re-create the picture with the me of today, to see if there are any major differences (beside the glasses). While this may be pointless vanity, I think it’s kind of amusing.

Imagine the possibilities. Take a picture of yourself in the same place, pose, and clothes (to the extent possible) every year. Imagine the visual chronology formed by the sequence of images! Do this for fifty years, and you could print out a panoramic photo timeline of your life. That would beat the daylights out of the standard ancient photos hanging on the wall. Here’s my two-image set:

Pictore of myself from 2002Picture of myself with new glasses from 2003

Left: Author in 2002. Right: Author in 2003.

The whole photo timeline may or may not be an interesting idea. We’re thinking of doing the same thing with emission lines of η Carinae over at work.

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