Group of Friends Photograph Themselves For 30 Years

With the emergence of digital photography , seeing timelapse of a person aging isn't all that crazy. But back in 1982, five high school friends took a group photo that they would recreate for the next 30 years. These photos, taken at Lake Copco in California, capture teenage friends John Wardlaw, John Dickson, Mark Rumer, Dallas Burney and John Molony as they reunited every 5 years at the lake. It's pretty amazing to see both the physical and wardrobe changes that occur during a man's life.

The first few photos were taken with John Wardlaw's 35mm film camera by using his trusty self timer. The series then changed to digital format with the guys deciding to pick out reoccurring shirts and hats for a more consistent flair.

It is tough enough to capture one person over 30 years let alone 5 guys in the same location. I think it's also pretty cool to the bond of friendship not broken over such a long period of time; how many people can say they have that sort of camaraderie?

via CNN

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Arturo Mieussens's picture

What's in the jar?

Patrick Hall's picture

originally it was a "pet" cockroach but I think they changed it 

Anyul Rivas's picture

an egg

Janne Hämäläinen's picture

"Jar Of Flies"

Vishy Iyer's picture

The jar contains an "ode" - An ode to everlasting friendship :-). Hope you get to take such photographs till all of you complete a 100 years (or even more) !! Cheers Gentlemen and hats off to your friendship!! 

Vishy (vishworks)

Supreme ME's picture

Homie the Clown always had a jar in Living Color.......

Chuck Navarro's picture

Watch how the hairline recedes!  Jeez!

Ivan Jesus Seminario's picture

each five year the men are change please enjoy the life,is short gentlenmans


1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012, are 7, but there are only 6 photos.

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JPGodwin's picture

Wow, these are amazing. Even the fact that five pals kept up the same meeting place for three decades is amazing.