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Every five years since 1982, high school friends John Wardlaw, John Dickson, Mark Rumer, Dallas Burney and John Molony have taken the same photograph of themselves, in the same place - Copco Lake in California. The original photograph was taken on a holiday the group took when they were teenagers at Wardlaw's family cabin, and every five years since, they have returned to the same spot and meticulously recreated the original pose.
|The original 1982 picture of John Wardlaw, John Dickson, Mark Rumer, Dallas Burney and John Molony - 'a seemingly insignificant photo that became a longstanding tradition about true friendship' (photo: John Dickson)|
Thirty years after the original photograph was taken, the individuals in the group are spread out all over the US, and one of them, John Wardlaw, whose family still owns the Copco Lake cabin, has persued film and photography as a career. But every five years they reconvene and take the same photograph.
According to Dickson, 'We plan on doing this for the rest of our lives, no matter what [...] up until there's one guy just sitting in the same pose! Even then, maybe someone will take a picture of an empty bench for us.'
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