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Photographer Found Perfect Way To Honor Grandfather's Love of Travel

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | October 14, 2015

Photographer Found Perfect Way To Honor Grandfather's Love of Travel

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Christian Carollo is walking miles and miles in his grandfather’s shoes, and he has the poignant pictures to prove it.

Business Insider Australia spotted one of the more touching projects to come out of the travel world recently.

It involves a photographer who found a wonderful way to see the world while also reconnecting with his family’s past.

Carrollo’s venture is called Past Present Project, and its website includes images along with captions taken from his grandmother’s travel journal.

The photographer’s grandfather passed away in 2008. But Carollo explains that going through boxes of his grandfather’s pictures started something quite remarkable.

He states on the website: “It all started in October 2012 with a randomly selected box of slides that contained his photographs of the Oregon Coast, which is exactly where I would be traveling a week later. Most of the images were scenic shots, but one shot displayed a building in the small coastal town of Winchester Bay. I wondered, what if I could replicate my grandfather’s photograph 30 years later? I did just that and my new mission was born.”

The results are spectacular, which you can see for yourself on the website or at Facebook and Instagram.

Here are just a few examples:

Café Du Monde Worker in New Orleans, Louisiana | February 1978 & April 2014A new generation of workers at the famous Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter.

Posted by Past Present Project on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The above image comes with a delightful caption, taken at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Tooele County, Utah, in May 1979, and most recently in September 2015.

Carrollo cites an entry in his grandmother’s travel journal, which reveals the following: “No welcome sign to Utah! But two miles in the white cloudy-looking salt, a very modern rest area, with an observation ‘tower’ and big curved roofs over a part of the parking area to shield cars from the sun! The wind on that little tower blew fiercely & cold — the car is hot! Mirages building up from the heat, lakes reflecting even the mountains. Mountains swimming in the air like Caribbean reefs & islands in the ocean; icebergs floating & reflecting in non-existent water. An unbelievable illusion!”

A chance discovery of some pictures has taken this photographer on a journey of a lifetime — visiting places his grandparents once enjoyed so many years prior.

It offers more than a poignant story for we travel enthusiasts. It comes with an important travel lesson: Take as many pictures as you can and document your adventure.

Doing so will invigorate your own experience and it may just offer a brilliant way for your progeny to reconnect with their past as they enrich their present.


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