Five friends from Santa Barbara, California go on vacation every 5 years to the same place to take the same group photo and they have been doing it since 1982. They started as teenagers when they were just 19 years old. In 2017, they took their 8th photo, 35 years after it all began. They visit the same lake. They stay in the same cabin. They sit on the same bench. They sit in the same order. They make the same pose. They even make the same facial expressions. And starting five years ago, some of them began wearing the same clothes.
First Photo – 1982 (19 years old)
Second Photo – 1987 (24 years old)
Third Photo – 1992 (29 years old)
Fourth Photo – 1997 (34 years old)
Fifth Photo – 2002 (39 years old)
Sixth Photo – 2007 (44 years old)
Seventh Photo – 2012 (49 years old)
Eighth Photo – 2017 (54 years old)
According to one of the friends, “It took 30 seconds to take the original photo, now it takes a half hour to take the photo because it has to be perfect.” However long it takes, we hope these friends keep this tradition alive for a long time. What an amazing thing to share with your closest friends. I wonder if they have the pictures framed in their house. The same picture taken every five years is really something to cherish, especially since they make sure they are in the same position as all of the previous pictures. I can’t wait to see the picture they take in 2022. Although in every picture, I couldn’t help but wonder… what’s in that jar?