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About a year ago I found an envelope with my handwriting on the the outside: "On May 15th, 2007 at 11:05PM find a photobooth and take a full rotation of your head. Don't open until you have the picture." I vaguely remembered creating this little time capsule (I do this from time to time), so I kept the envelope sealed until tonight... found a photobooth as directed and took the set of pictures.


These are the results. The similarity of the final frame sort of creeps me out.


The date on the back of the first picture was May 15th, 1986 11:05PM. I was 19 years old.


Perhaps I'll put the two of these in an envelope to be opened 2027...

  • latterbarrow 8y

    lucky chap, you've kept hold of your hair!
  • Josh Head 8y

    this is a great idea. i'm going to have to try this.
  • marinkel 8y

    love the idea and the outcome is perplexing. something from a paul auster novel. better, really.
  • Soulfull 8y

    Absolutely amazing! Great idea too! Gonna have to try this.
  • Ayo Umali 8y

    fabulous! I'm amazed you even remembered you had a time capsule.
  • svanes 8y

    very cool. how wise you were back at 19.
  • ☰☵ Michele M. F. PRO 8y

  • © Sam.Seyffert PRO 8y

    Thank you, that was very nice! The effects of time continue to be fascinating, and there is no better way of showing them!
  • Sharon West PRO 8y

    whoa. this is seriously amazing...
  • Chris 8y

    That's awesome. So cool that you thought to do that at 19.
  • Dmitry Kichenko 8y

    Superb idea and result. I'm thinking of doing the same, except I'm not sure film will still be around 20 years from now. Perhaps I should include a roll of film in the envelope, or a pack of polaroids.
  • miebrinkmann 8y

    love the time-frame thing(!).
  • skinskalee 8y

    I love your photo's and the whole concept. I'm impressed you had the forethought to do this at 19. Brings to mind John Prine's ability to write "Angel from Montgomery" at the same tender age. A song with the depth and insight of a much older man.

    My big question though is.....where did you find the same old fashioned photo booth. All the booths I see now are modern, with a totally different outcome. The only old ones I've seen are refurbished ones they rent out now for parties and weddings. I just love old photo booth pictures.
  • Agnes Hebert Jagrelius 8y

    Fantastic idea! Going down in the notebook...
  • Esther Vasquez PRO 7y

    This is a wonderful project. Amazing! I'm curious as to where you kept that envelope all these years did you remember to find it in time?
  • raul gutierrez PRO 7y

    I have a small file cabinet full of journals and diaries and stuff. In the back I have a bunch of dated envelopes to myself... I check them every now and then... The next one I have coming up is for July 4th, 2008. I wrote it in 1978. I have no idea what is inside. The most recent one I put in there was dated to be opened 2038. I put in a bunch of pictures of myself with my kids and letters to them as well as exact instructions on where to recreate the photos.
  • lilacla 6y

    Amazing idea
  • Todd 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called STRONGBOX Magazine, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Olga Schlyter PRO 6y


    Seen in Photo Booth! Gallery
  • seeit_snapit PRO 5y

    What a great idea! I wish I would have thought of this 20 years ago. I guess I can start now. :)
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