Saturday, June 28, 2014

Now & Then: Seeing the Future from the Past

I've always been fascinated by the Then & Now photos you see on the internet, where a person is holding an old photo up to the same scene today. After writing a series of then and now pictorials for the blog, I was thinking about a way to do combine then and now photos that's a little different than what I've already seen.  What resulted was a project where I hold photos of the present against scenes of the past.  It's interesting to look at a scene as if you were seeing the future from that moment.  My hand is meant to be in the scene from the past, therefore I tinted or colored it for each photo to match the scene.  Before creating the scenes, I photographed my hand against a white background (to make it easier to mask), and gathered public domain photos from WikiMedia Commons that were similar to photos I already had. Here are some of the entries I've made so far:


(Artist's Point, Lower Yellowstone Falls)

(Central Park)

(Moulton Barn in Grand Teton National Park)

(Normandy on D-Day 1944)

(Opéra Garnier in Paris)

(Pantages Theater in Hollywood)

(San Francisco)

Vintage Disneyland photo from Tom Simpson

(Snake River Overlook in Grand Teton National Park)

(Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY)

(Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY)


  1. These are absolutely stunning. What a totally brilliant, thought-provoking, and in a couple of cases, heart-wrenching series of photos. Amazing. (I found you via

  2. Bonsoir, Samantha. A mon avis, ces images soulignent en quelque sorte le sens de la transcendance de nos vies. Réaliser que nous ne sommes que des êtres qui se promènent sur une scène que d'autres ont construit dans le passé et qui les a survécu. Une scène que nous pouvons actualiser ou même étendre, parfois aussi abimer ou détruire. Mais une scène qui, à son tour, nous survivra et deviendra l'environnement de ceux qui viendront derrière nous. Un grand merci pour ton travail.