A British-based photographer has created a spectacularly nostalgic collection of pictures in which she explores an imaginary meeting between her past and present selves.
Chino Otsuka moved from Japan to the United Kingdom when she was 10 to attend school, and was forced to navigate a new place, different language and new customs while also navigating adolescence.
She said this significant change in her life profoundly shaped her photography and it also planted the seed for her stunning series Imagine Finding Me.
Otsuka uses digital techniques to create the double self-portraits, which show her present self in various places she has visited, alongside her past self at different stages of her youth.
In the earliest images, she appears in 1975 as a young child, dressed in the distinctive clothing of that time. She peers out of a train somewhere in Spain and sits on a park bench in Paris, France.
In the later ones, circa 1985, she is an adolescent, a young woman still growing comfortable with her place in the world.
However, in each of the images if Otsuka’s present, or at least more recent self, standing in a somewhat protective way with the child, or perhaps just passing by.
She said the digital process in her work becomes a tool, almost like a time machine.
'I'm embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history,' Otsuka said, adding that the idea of bumping into yourself somewhere on the stairs or in a hotel lobby fascinates her. For this reason, many of the images are set in transitional places, such as bridges or parks.
The talented photographer was a finalist for the AGO AIMIA Photography Prize in 2013 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and her poignant pictures have been published in a book titled, Photo Album.