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At one point or another every child asks themselves, “Would I be friends with my parents if we were the same age?”

Finding and enjoying old photographs of your mother or father is not only embarrassing for them and hilarious for you, but it is also an exciting way to imagine what your parents were like at your age. Often times we forget that our parents were once children themselves and they had an entirely different life before you existed, that you would know nothing about if it wasn’t for kept photographs and stories.

Danielle Delph, an Art Director in Portland, Oregon, took herself and her mother on an amazing journey, answering the question we all have wondered.

Through her photo series, “If I Had Known My Mother Back Then,” Danielle scanned and photoshopped herself into photos of her young mother to tell an imaginative story of what life would be like had the two women been friends of the same age, instead of parent and child. After searching through a pile of old childhood photos of her mother, Danielle carefully selected images where she and her mother were the same age and were posed to look like they could be interacting with one another once they were put together.

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Mother Left, Daughter Right

danielle delph if i had known my mother back then

Mother Left, Daughter Right

danielle delph if i had known my mother back then

Mother Left, Daughter Right

danielle delph if i had known my mother back then

“During the project it was interesting to see our similarities through the ages. In small details like our facial expressions or the activities we were involved in. But more than anything, it’s pretty clear to me that the friend I see in the photos, is the same friend I have in my Mom now.”

Daughter Left, Mother Right

danielle delph if i had known my mother back then

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Daughter Left, Mother Right

danielle delph if i had known my mother back then

Daughter Left, Mother Right

danielle delph if i had known my mother back then

Mother Left, Daughter Right

danielle delph if i had known my mother back then

Images via Danielle Delph

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