Have you ever looked at a photo of your great grandparents and thought, "What was it like to be alive then?"
Would wearing petticoats be super uncomfortable or fun to swish around?
How long would it take to get my hair like that?
Wouldn't I look amazing in sepia?
One LA-based artist took those questions to the next level when she recreated old photos of her relatives, with herself as the subject.
Christine McConnell is a photographer, artist, and baker from Los Angeles.
She takes absolutely amazing photos.
But McConnell has one project, in particular, that is completely unique: she used old photos of her maternal relatives and recreated the photos with herself as the model!
The photos are not only stunning and give an amazing peek into women’s styles of the past.
McConnell even sewed many of the costumes herself and constructed the backgrounds.
First she recreated this photo of her great-great-great-grandmother Martha, born in 1821.
She matched the outfit, hairstyle and even the lighting perfectly.
Even though Martha is several generations removed from McConnell, you really can see their family resemblance, don’t you think?
The next portrait was her great-great grandmother Jane, born in 1848.
Look at that beautiful high collar and her perfect hair!
It’s hard to believe that McConnell’s photo wasn’t taken in the 1800s, too.
It looks so realistic!
Next was her great grandmother Attie Mae, born in 1898.
This portrait is so elegant and again, the two definitely look related.
Then she did her grandmother, Mildred, born 1928.
Two women with beautiful, bouncy hair.