For art director Danielle Delph, it all started with "Throwback Thursday." A friend had posted a retro family photo of her mom, and there was something about an an old image appearing on a hyper-modern platform that got Delph thinking.
What would happen if today and yesterday collided? What would it have been like if she and her mom had come of age in the same era? Would they have been friends?
"At some point in time everyone always asks that question, 'What would it be like if I were friends with my parents?'" Delph told HLN.
While many may ask it, few get an answer. But, when you're a skilled artist like Delph, you can sometimes tinker with history.
On and off over about six months, the Portland-based 25-year-old brought her and her mom's childhoods together, and the results are striking.
There they are, playing together on the floor as toddlers. Later, they're hanging on the couch with friends. And, in another they're chatting casually outside.
Delph said seeing the end results has been nothing short of trippy, particularly for her mom.
"My mom says, 'Every time I look at them it feels like deja vu. It's weird. I really feel like it's a different reality,'" Delph said.
Her mom was blown away by her daughter's creations.
"She kept saying, 'That's amazing! How did you do that?"
The artist said melding the photos was easy. It was getting the snapshots that presented the challenge. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan destroyed the bulk of her family photos, leaving Delph with limited choices.
She worried she'd have to give up on the project, but, luckily, she managed to scrounge up a few additional photos from old friends.
While Delph decided to put herself in her mom's world rather than put her mom in hers, she didn't remove hints of the present.
Most notably, the photo of Delph and her mom standing outside a house features the artist holding a very modern beverage.
"It's actually more interesting to add that layer of a generational gap," Delph said. "Keep it a little noticeable, like me carrying a Starbucks cup."
She said all the photos pair her and her mom at nearly the same ages.
"Conceptually, I really wanted that," she said. "I wanted it to look like we were growing up together."
So, would she and her mother have been friends growing up? Delph thinks so. But she didn't need photos to prove it. She says her and her mother are very close.
"We've always been very close," she said. "When you get older you start to realize, in my case, you do things the same way. You actually find more and more similarities."
Delph's photos currently live on her website, but she plans to do a gallery show and get hard copies for her poor mother who just won't leave her alone about it.
"She keeps saying, 'You know all I want is just those images printed out,'" she said.