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What I love about then and now type photographs is how my brain locks in and starts creating a story to fill in the gap. I think the human brain isn't comfortable with knowledge vacuums and rushes to fill them. At least that's how my brain works. I love photographs that compel me to make up the story and these do that in spades.

Great post!

www.nicephotomag.com

Mike, you made the comment about Hugh's pictures that you couldn't tell much about the equipment but you liked the images. That's good. I feel we all should focus (no pun)more on the images instead of this equipment fetish which has become so pervasive. But another point which occurred to me is I've found that in order to judge a lens and its characteristics, I absolutely must view a black and white image. Perhaps it's just me.

A few years back there was a decades project displayed almost life size on Winnipeg bus shelters, two full length portraits of a person taken a decade apart. Very interesting and a good use of the space otherwise used for advertising. Don't remember the photographer - anyone?

Thanks for the pointer to studiohatyai. I particularly like the shot of the kids by the fence and also the 'encounters' gallery.

Another photographer that does Then and Now is Art Rogers who has a studio in West Marin (San Francisco Bay Area, California).

He is local to me and I know of Rogers work through Jim Scanlon, who was the man in "String of Puppies", a Rogers photo copied as a sculpture by artist Jeff Koons.

Jim laughed that he had been found to be "banal" by a Federal judge.

You can see some of Art Rogers photos in his portfolio at www.artrogers.com. You can read about the court case at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogers_v._Koons

Dieter Meier, swiss performance artist, singer of swiss electroavantgardeproject Yello, cosmopolitan and self-made man has done a series of photographs with faked characters that he played in 1974 and then again in 2005. You can have a (small) look on his "As time goes by"- selfportraitproject on the following link.

http://dietermeier.com/viewer.php?year=2005&cat=1&proj=51

enjoy. cheers.

I'm a big fan of Carl's work and it's been interesting reading his review on TOP.

ps; Love the thought of an "Eat the Rich" teacosy!

The Mekong Express picture reminded me immediately of Georgia O'Keefe and Orville Cox by Ansel Adams. After looking again at the Adams, even though the differences are actually greater I still feel a strong similarity. And I don't think it is just the camera angle, admittedly that is a huge part of the picture. Maybe it also the spirit being evoked by the participants.
Or, I am just crazy.

John

re The Arrow of Time. Oh the heartbreak of puberty. ch

Mike:
Your posting reminded me to take another look at Michael Apted’s remarkable documentary "Up" series.
The first picture was released in 1964 called "Seven Up" and is now in its seventh incarnation, "49 Up".

Can’t wait to see what "56 Up" looks like…

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