There are plenty of photographers out there, and many of them are based in New York: on first glance, Bobby Neel Adams is not the least bit special. On second thought, however, his work is just that: unique and thought-provoking. His Agemaps series juxtaposes pictures of children with their adult version in a manner that is at once striking and brutal. The pictures appear to have been violently torn, a metaphor for the personality splice induced by growing old and welcoming adulthood. They are also whimsical and nostalgic, for any imagery of human lives past is bittersweet and emotion-inducing.
The photographs are striking enough to remind each and every single one of us of our mortality. The fact that both past and present bear the same proportions is yet another method for reminding us that, change as we might on the outside, our souls stay the same. Adams has employed the same procedure for several of his other projects, which you can check out at his website. He is humorous, with a penchant for the bizarre and clearly a name we hope to hear more of.