Conor didn’t just quickly edit these photos, he painstakingly spent months getting each photo just right.
“It took me about 6 months of working in my free time to complete this project,” he told LittleThings. “Because there was so much trial and error and no one set method for doing this, it took a lot of going back to photos and retouching using something I’d learned from editing another photograph.”
Of all the photos Conor edited, he loves this one the most.
“I think if I had to choose a favorite it would be the one on the rock wall. It’s very simple but it’s effective,” he explained to LittleThings. “It didn’t require as much heavy editing as some others and it looks natural — like it could have been a real moment captured in time.”
While editing the photos, Conor felt grateful recalling his positive childhood.
“When I was going through these old pictures it mostly made me grateful that I’m able to look back on these times,” he told LittleThings. “It made me feel fortunate to have had a good childhood because I know it isn’t that way for everybody.”
Since uploading the photos onto Reddit on October 11, 2017, Conor has received a ton of attention from strangers all around the world.
“I never expected the photos to get this much exposure. I was heading off to shoot some portraits of a friend and quickly posted it online, and it just blew up,” he explained to LittleThings. “I went into it as a fun project and an interesting concept, but some people have had quite an emotional response to it. It definitely took me by surprise.”