“I am the past”

Kees de Graaff sent these self-portraits to How to be a Retronaut. Over to Kees:

“For me, photography began in 1425 with the italian painter Tommaso Masaccio. Today, everything is photography. Not only the way we capture the world and ourselves but also the way we perceive ourselves and the world. Yet we forget that seeing reality through the lens of a camera is a choice we, en masse, have made.  There are other choices”

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6 comments to “I am the past”

  • jufjo

    His photo called “I’m Samuel Arnold Conspirator in the Lincoln assassination plot. Washington Navy Yard, 1865″ actually portrays Lewis Thornton Powell.


    Dear Jufjo

    Your observation is very correct. And I’m fully aware of the fact that not Samuel Arnold but Lewis Thornton Powell is depicted



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  • Roberto

    Dear Kees, Your photographs deserve a whole world of admirers. BEAUTIFUL Keep on rolling!


    THANX Roberto. You’re almost embarrissing me. And we certainly keep on rolling. By the way: This “How to become a Retronaut” site is incredible nice, Every week I find now and then some very amazing “stories” and photographs: My very, very favorite is: Australian Criminals. Don’t understand why it’s not on top #1. Have a look at it!

  • fred

    Hiya Kees,

    It’s good to see some of your on the net. It’s about time people come into contact with your word and start appreciating it. To me, it’s absolute worldclass what you show us! Keep up the good work!

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