Photography – the process by which light is filtered through a lens onto some photosensitive element and subsequently turned into a still record of whatever it captured – didn’t start to come about until the 1800’s. And at first it was exceedingly difficult to pull off, and certainly not available to most people.
It’s only been with us for about two centuries. Which of course means there’s no one alive today who was born before it, but also that in terms of humanity, it’s way brand new. Humans have been around for at least 100,000 years, and until very recently, none of us had any means of looking back on these perfect snapshots of our candid past.
It makes me wonder – did people before photography idealize their childhood selves? Did they assume they’d always looked pretty cool?
Because we certainly don’t have that luxury, as these people of Reddit will attest.
Wasn’t that a movie with Steve Carell?
9. Not a phase!
Lol RAWR XD
8. Shave and a haircut
But you look like you’re totally owning it here and that’s what counts.
7. No regrets
As well there shouldn’t be.
6. The turtleneck combo
You were one of a kind and you were happy, good on you.
5. Turn up the volume
This is as big as it gets.
4. High school vibes
There’s just so much being communicated by that face.
3. Jimmy Neutron
Can’t wait for your Nickelodeon show!
2. Vans and vans
Mom looks pretty down for it herself.
1. Following directions
They didn’t say what to do with my teeth, though.
God bless our past selves. Without them, we wouldn’t be here today.
What was your awkward phase like?
Tell us about it in the comments.