17 Old Photos That Came Back to Life

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Traveling back in time is impossible — we still haven’t invented time machines. But while we wait for scientists to build them, we can recreate our old childhood pictures to find out how much we’ve changed. In fact, Internet users have been sharing pictures with several years of difference between them. And in some cases, they’re wearing the exact same clothes and are in the same positions, making the end result incredibly fun and even emotional.

Bright Side would like to show you a set of old photos recreated by people on the Internet. While looking at them, we realize that despite the years that separate both pictures, the essence of people doesn’t change. At the end of the article, you’ll find a very peculiar bonus.

1. “I love this motorcycle — same spot, same girl, just 71 years later.”

2. “We had to put my 16-year-old dog down yesterday, but before that, we recreated our favorite photo with him.”

3. “22 years later”

4. “My grandfather and me in Tokyo, 73 years apart”

5. “22 years difference — we were visiting our old hometown and noticed that these poles were still in front of our childhood home. The tree has also grown up very well!”

6. “My best friend and me in 1986, in 2010 at her wedding, and in 2014 at my wedding”

7. “Pictures of my grandfather and me, 40 years apart on the Great Wall of China”

8. “I work with the same doctor that delivered me 21 years ago.”

9. “I saw some childhood friends of mine at a New Year’s party. We all look different now, but we really haven’t changed much.”

10. “Father and son photo recreation, 1979 vs 2019”

11. “My Mother’s Day photo recreation — my daughter is 15 years old.”

12. “I forced my family to participate in some photo recreations from my childhood.”

13. “My grandma and my dad, 1966 and 2020”

14. “Same chair, different sizes!”

15. “My dad (around 1985) and me (2017)”

16. “My husband in the early ’90s vs now”

17. “2011 vs 2017, my brother and me”

Bonus: Celebrities have also recreated some of their old photos.

Tom Cruise is riding on a motorcycle in this picture just as he did during the filming of Top Gun in 1986. In 2018, he was part of the film’s sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, and he is shown in a very similar scene. There is a 32-year difference between both photos but the actor still looks as handsome as ever!

What’s changed the most about you over the years? Have you tried recreating an old family picture? Would you like to share the results with us?

Amidst the buzz of a potential romance, Shakira and Tom Cruise were spotted together at the 2023 Miami Formula One Grand Prix. While their relationship status remains unconfirmed, their camaraderie has set tongues wagging. Cruise, known for his high-profile relationships with Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes, is rumored to be keenly interested in pursuing Shakira. Sources suggest a budding chemistry between the duo, with Cruise even sending flowers to the Colombian singer. This interaction comes shortly after Shakira’s empowering speech at the Latin Women in Music gala, where she addressed her recent separation from Gerard Piqué.

Preview photo credit ryanmark01 / Reddit


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I would love to try this with my sister. We have so many dusty albums in our parents' house. I think it's time :)


My aunt did this in a compilation of photos of her with my cousin and they even made it in a local newspaper hahaha it was so funny!!!


these photos really inspire me to go and recreate some of the photos of mine from my childhood


"Before we euthanized our dog, we took this fun picture with him." I"m not sure if that's touching or creepy.


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