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October 14, 2017

Photographer Recreates Old Portraits of Her Female Ancestors, Spanning 200 Years, And It's Very Cool

Los Angeles-based photographer Christine McConnell has created a wonderfully unique family album by recreating a series of portraits of different generations of her female relatives, spanning 200 years.

Her photo project called “Seven Generations of American Women,” is a beautiful tribute to McConnell's female side of her family tree, for which she did an amazing job recreating the poses, hair, makeup, clothes of her ancestors, and even perfectly mimicking the nostalgic photo effects of the original portraits.

The idea for the project came after McConnell's mother gave her a dress that she herself had worn and been photographed in as a younger woman. After getting the dress, McConnell got the idea to recreate her mother's photo — and she didn't stop there. She went on to recreate the photos of several more of her female ancestors, including her grandmother, great-grandmother, and even her great-great-great-grandmother who was born in 1821.

Great-great-great-grandmother, Martha (born 1821)

Great-great-grandmother, Jane (born 1858)

Great-grandmother, Attie Mae (born 1898)

Grandmother, Mildred (born 1928)

Mother, Kathryn (born 1957)

Christine (born 1981)

(Photos © Christine McConnell)

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