Thursday, April 7, 2016

Window to What Was

I always love little projects like this, where a photographer will take images of certain sites dating from many years ago and somehow combine them with current photographs.

Even though the modern shots are in color and the older ones usually black and white, it offers a neat perspective on history. There were people who stood, walked or sat in those spaces before we were born -- seeing them not as historical artifacts but as their own current scenery.

We sometimes seem to think that because we can capture such detail of this or that scene that we are unique, but the juxtaposition shows us that our place in the world is no more or less temporally privileged than any other.

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