Tuesday, August 3, 2010

then and now

I've always been fascinated by old photographs and I love the idea of rephotography...

Ryan's grandpa had a beachhouse in Rockaway and on the wall he had several prints of old 1920's photographs of Rockaway's main street. I couldn't get enough of them. The cars, the people, trying to imagine their little world in 1921. Seeing how the main street had started out, how it'd changed, how much was the same. There is something about walking down that same street (now part of a scenic interstate highway!) an some of those same buildings today with those pictures in mind.

Some of my very favorite books to pour over are the Then and Now books of so many of our country's cities; several of which Ryan and I have collected. I love seeing how things used to be and trying to relate to them now, being able to see and occupy the same space but feeling the vast chasm of time passed. Of our world ever changing. Something about it is so beautiful to me.

I stumbled across a collection from photographer Sergey Larenkov, who uses rephotography to overlay still existing WWII-era photographs on their corresponding modern settings. I Love It.
His images are stunning and stirring.
Here is some of his work.
Scroll through them all when you have time... some of them are just incredible.


Nicole said...

WOW! That is amazing. For him to get the exact same angle and depth and placement as the original picture.... amazing. It is surreal to see the before/after blended. WOW.

LeeAnn Howard said...

That's sooo neat!! I wonder how hard or time-consuming that might be!

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