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Remember Ben Heine, the painter, illustrator, portraitist, caricaturist, and photographer? He takes pictures and then uses a pencil drawing to fill in the gaps. This process gives his work uniqueness, and is extremely cool. Now we are not saying that Taylor Jones, who is the founder of Dearphotgraph, stole this idea and instead uses old photographs. The point that we are trying to get across is that, while the ideas are different the concept is the same.

Taylor Jones came up with this new trend by an accident. While looking through old pictures at the kitchen table he came across an old photo. His mother and brother where both sitting the same way as the old photograph portrayed. He took our the photo and held it up, to his surprise the photo matched exactly and thus a new idea was born.

Dearphotgraph is a Tumblr based blog that showcases a picture took of a pictures from the past in the present. At first the blog had Taylor’s childhood images only. As time progressed people started to take notice, from then on the blog turned into a community based project where anybody could submit their own “Dearphotograph.” In a recent CBS interview he stated the following:  “What I’ve learned from blogging is people relate with emotion so if you’re making a blog it has to be good content, content that is going to be able to spread. That’s what I found from this site, I’ve got tons of emails from people. They say Dear Photograph has given them a reason to see their parents and look through old photographs together.”

In order to honor this creative idea, we have collected some great examples from Dearphotograph. We hope that you will enjoy looking through these as much as we did. Some of the images below will make you sad, and some of them will make you smile. Overall these photos bring back past memories back to present times, and for that reason we find this new trend very inspiring!

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Grandpa loved the outdoors. But he loved us more.
Pam Dusbabek

Time to walk the dog again.
Nikki Lynn

There’s a reason we had to paint these stairs blue. They just weren’t as colorful without these two.

I’ll always remember my first fish.
Brian Thurman

We outgrew the clothes, but never the visits with you, Daddy.

The steps of the past, lead us to the present.

I’ll never let go.

Her love was my chemo. I beat cancer.
Eric Richter

Thank you for reminding me of how lucky I am to have my Dad.

Disney will always be magical, no matter what age.
Leslie Kalbfleisch

Can you tell him to turn around? I wanna see that cute little baby face again.

Thank you for everything we had.

Oh, to be young again.

Dad never took a picture of me, ever. Then I noticed his reflection in the glass.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

This was the best day. 650 days and counting…

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  1. Tiyo W Prasetyo July 23, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Love the idea. Well executed!
    *from Indonesia

  2. Oh wow these are so cool, I really didn’t expect this. I was thinking dear as in the animal.

  3. Son muy bonitas e inspiradoras. So sweet

  4. Oh wow, some of these really made me tear up. Great collection! Wanna try that, too! :)

  5. wow i love this ae like rely loved it rely got me thinking ha thanks 4 that every1 thanks alot :)

  6. Absolutely beautiful, reminds me of postsecret, and that reminds me I must visit today.

  7. wonderful and heartwarming collection of photographs! 😛

  8. That was so moving, thank you

  9. awesome photos, i like your collection of photos, carry on :)

  10. I cried on some pictures. Brilliant and touchy

  11. sweet paasam thearithu and i am also lucky

  12. I was crying when i saw the pictures..its was to hard to remember that’s greatest memories that when had in our life’ Touching!!

  13. Don’t know where you get these from .. but they are ammmmmaaaaazzziinnng !! Love all your posts ! THANKS !!!

  14. really v.v.v.v.v.v.v.145877466966377426000000856874…….times very heart it,very nice collection.

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