19 Before and After Photos That Show the Power of Time

From first smiles to first steps to first dates, life can be documented and preserved. Photography captures personal communication that would otherwise be lost forever.


It is a strange time machine that helps you to go back in time to recall the greatest moments of your pasts, or to follow the evolution and certainty of your changes. But the best comparisons can be prepared when you put before and after photos side by side.

Today we would like to share our excitement with you and show you some of the finest pictures. Hopefully, these comparisons are as exciting for you as they are for us!

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A daddy with his dear girls 10 years ago and now.

© likeallstuff / Reddit

This toucan with a rebuilt beak ended through 3D printing.

© DraftDraw / Reddit

Zlatni Rat beach in Croatia after a storm.

© Roni Marinković / Roni.ws

“My boy and I when he was a pup and then the bottom is from maybe 2 years ago. He’s 15 years old and going strong!”

© brl621 / Reddit

A bike ride in Kreuzberg then (1985) and now (2018)

© refilmio / Reddit

“Our first trip (2013) became the place where he proposed to me (2018).”

© wackypose / Reddit

17 years together.

© isaiah44nez / Reddit

“All these years and it’s still her favorite place.”

© Nozawa_Haruhis / Reddit

What a difference 3 years can make!

© fierysquirts98 / Reddit

“Photos of my high school (left) and college (right) graduations, side by side. Love how much happier I look after college. I still consider it to be the best years of my life.”

© TheShortestAvenger / Reddit

Only 15 months’ difference between 2 photos, but then again it looks like a whole lifetime.

© Diana0003 / Reddit

“My mom’s phone from 1998 vs my phone from 2018”

© jakecc_ 1 / Reddit

“We met in second grade in 1997. Here we are 21 years later.”

© AudsOrEvens / Reddit

“Sobriety has given many things back to me but this one is the easiest to see. 220 days and it keeps getting better.”

© Ateepeemadeofpeepee / Reddit

“Our yearly reenactment of ’The Circle of Life’ on the anniversary of his adoption”

© jeffreybbbbbbbb / Reddit

“18 years of loving the most excellent kid!”

© Fishmike52 / Reddit

The first office of Apple vs their current office.

© Mathieu Thouvenin / Flickr © Carles Rabada / Unsplash

Jonathan is a giant tortoise who was born in 1832. The photo on the left-hand was taken in 1902, the one on the right hand, in 2017. Tortoise is 186 years old now.

© Unknown / Wikipedia © sainthelenaisland

22 years together and counting…

© tgalen / Reddit