Grandson recreates his grandfather's photos in the most amazing way

Christian Carollo has embarked on one of the most interesting and wonderful travel journeys we’ve heard of in a while. The American has taken his grandparents’ travel photographs and spent the last three years replicating them in the exact location of the original photograph. And the results are amazing.

Carollo has called it “The Past Present Project” and said, “[it] began as a way to showcase my grandfather’s vintage photography from around the United States, but the project that resulted happened purely by chance. It all started in October 2012 with a randomly selected box of slides that contained his photographs of the Oregon Coast, which is exactly where I would be traveling a week later. Most of the images were scenic shots, but one shot displayed a building in the small coastal town of Winchester Bay. I wondered, what if I could replicate my grandfather’s photograph 30 years later? I did just that and my new mission was born.

Upon returning home, and seeing the interest that built around that single photograph, I wondered how many more I could possibly capture. With the help of my grandmother’s detailed travel journals from their cross-country trips, I have managed to discover the location of dozens of my grandfather’s images. A project that began by chance, now often determines where my next journey will take me.

Since I largely have my grandfather to thank for my love of travel and photography, I wanted to honor his memory by replicating the photographs he took from his trips all across America. This is my Past Present to him!”

Here’s a selection of some of Christian’s best photographs. Have you ever done something like this or have your grandchildren? What photos would you like to take again in the present day?

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Billy the Kid Gift Shop in Mesilla, New Mexico | April 1979 & October 2014Excerpt from my grandmother’s travel…

Posted by Past Present Project on Sunday, 4 January 2015

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White Sands National Monument, New Mexico | April 1979 & October 2014Excerpt from my grandmother’s travel journal: “…

Posted by Past Present Project on Saturday, 14 February 2015

Madison Street in New Orleans, Louisiana | February 1978 & April 2014

Posted by Past Present Project on Thursday, 12 March 2015

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Café Du Monde Worker in New Orleans, Louisiana | February 1978 & April 2014A new generation of workers at the famous Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter.

Posted by Past Present Project on Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania | 1987 & 2014Although my grandfather was not the one to capture this…

Posted by Past Present Project on Monday, 20 April 2015

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Cedar Pass Campground in Badlands National Park, South Dakota | May 1981 & October 2013Excerpt from my grandmother’s…

Posted by Past Present Project on Tuesday, 28 April 2015

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Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California | June 1997 & May 2015Excerpt from my grandmother’s travel journal on…

Posted by Past Present Project on Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Lucia Lodge in Big Sur, California | April 1979 & May 2015Excerpt from my grandmother’s travel journal on April 30,…

Posted by Past Present Project on Sunday, 31 May 2015

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California | April 1979 & May 2015Excerpt from my grandmother’s travel journal on…

Posted by Past Present Project on Friday, 3 July 2015