Merilee Allred documented a series of photos featuring people holding a picture from their adolescence.

Utah-based graphic designer Merilee Allred recently launched a project called The Awkward Years Project. The project is a portrait series that shows adults holding up a photo of them from their adolescent years.

According to the Tumblr site, the project started out with a conversation Allred had with a friend. Allred’s friend wasn’t convinced that she had any awkward years and to prove it, Allred sent her a picture. The picture was taken several years ago but it still had an effect on the designer.

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