Man travels across US recreating late grandfather's photographs in beautiful project

Christian Carollo started the project in 2012 after discovering a box of old photographs

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A photographer is retracing his grandfather’s journey through the United States and replicating each photograph taken on the trip.

Christian Carollo, a Philadelphia based photographer, started the Past Present project three years ago after finding a box of pictures taken by his grandfather.

Leafing through, the 33-year-old realised that among the international and national locations there was one he would be visiting later that week - the small town of Winchester Bay.

“I wondered, what if I could replicate my grandfather’s photograph 30 years later?” Mr Carollo wrote on his blog.

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Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, California | April 1979 & May 2015

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Valhalla Pier in South Lake Tahoe, California | June 1981 & May 2015

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Cafe Du Monde Worker in New Orleans, Louisiana | February 1978 & April 2014

After the first successfully trip, the photographer used his grandmother’s journals to carefully piece together each location and the time when the image was taken.

"She told me she's really happy with what I'm doing," Mr Carollo told The Huffington Post.

The project has become something of a way to remember his grandfather Herb Connellan, who died in 2008 at the age of 87, Mr Carollo said.

Meanwhile, his family has grown to love the project that has seen Mr Carollo clock up an estimated 100,000 miles and travel to as many states as possible.

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Chapel in the Hills in Rapid City, South Dakota | 1973 & 2013

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Chinatown in San Francisco, California | April 1979 & May 2015

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Lower Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park | April 1979 & May 2015

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Lucia Lodge in Big Sur, California | April 1979 & May 2015

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Needles Highway in Custer State Park, South Dakota | 1973 & 2013

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White Sands National Monument, New Mexico | April 1979 & October 2014

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California's First Theatre in Monterey, California | April 1979 & May 2015

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Groveland, California | April 1979 & May 2015

Judy Carollo said she “loved” her son’s project. “The only sad part is I wish my father was still alive to see it,” she told the PhillyVoice.

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Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania | 1987 & 2014 (one of the few recreated images with his grandfather in - standing centre)

You can see more of Mr Carolllo's project on his Instagram account or his website.

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