Now & Then: Seeing the Future from the Past.
Photographer Samantha Decker has a then-and-now series with a twist—instead of juxtaposing old images against a current scene, she does the reverse. ‘Now & Then: Seeing the Future from the Past’ features photographs of modern-day settings contrasted against shots from bygone eras.
“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.”
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