Portrait Project Embraces People’s Awkward Years [Pics]
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.
The experience gave Allred the idea to start a project that shows a then-and-now look at people and helps them feel proud of the kind of person they have grown into.
My goal is to make this blog fun. I want people to be proud of who they’ve become. I want youth, especially those who are currently going through a rough time, to know that they are great people in the making.
See more before-and-after photos at The Awkward Years Project site and maybe even submit your own.