“What if-if you bumped into yourself somewhere on the stairs, or what if you didn’t realize you just walked past yourself?” These are the words of Chino Otsuka as she explains the concept behind the series Imagine Finding Me. The visual artist has embraced time travel by using photography and video to place herself in well-appointed spots in earlier photos of herself.
Born in Japan and having moved to the UK at the age of 10 for school, Otsuka struggled with her sense of self and belonging. She captures this experience vividly by selecting pictures of transition such as a bridge, a train, or a hotel room. The process of merging herself into these pictures are done so seamlessly that unbeknownst to anyone, it simply looks like two sisters sharing a snack outside a bakery, a mom and her daughter boarding a train, or the ever-present passerby at a tourist spot in China.