Posts from November 2010
November 28, 2010
“Looking into the past” images have been ever increasing in popularity, especially over the past year. Examples of images from the past merge or meet images from the near present as a means to document what has and has not been affected by time. Most often the veneers of buildings and street locations are the same, while more modern details like landscaping and signs have changed. With the help of computational rephotography and a lot of work by researchers at MIT, images can now be accurately lined up and taken. With this development in technology, it is now easier than ever to create images that are neither now or then, but blur the idea of time and what it’s effects really are. These images more concretely document space and time, and therefore make me think more strongly of string theory (or M-theory) and where they live, in the minds and hearts of those who were, are, and have yet to be there, and on the web as they reach the mass consciousness.
For a great selection of images, check out Jason E. Powell’s site at: http://jasonepowell.com/.
For further reading also check out Sergey Larenkov’s rephotography work at: http://www.switched.com/2010/07/31/sergey-larenkovs-rephotography-piques-historic-interest-does/