Time Travel Photography: Blending Centuries in a Single Image

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Photo: Jim Adams

Inspiration is everywhere. Sometimes you just have to look in unexpected places. Like the past. Whidbey Island, WA photographer Jim Adams has done something you don’t see every day: time travel photography. He finds a location that presents a compelling image, does a ton of research to find historical images, and then carefully overlays old with new to blend decades – even centuries – into a single image. Time travel! By pushing the envelope of what it means to craft an image, he has reinvented and remixed landscape photography in an intriguing way. I’ve touched on this before – the value of the unexpected. Whether it’s a new subject, pushing the boundaries of location or changing your perspective. There is new and fertile subject matter out there. Click through the tabs above to check out some of this skillfully crafted work.

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14 Responses to Time Travel Photography: Blending Centuries in a Single Image

  1. Guelph Photographers August 1, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    This has already been done by Dear Photograph with a published book
    .http://dearphotograph.com

  2. Antonio Rosario August 1, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    I did this witha shot my dad took of JFK during his visit to NYC in 1962, the day that Marylyn Monroe sung Happy Birthday, Mr. President. What was fun was I managed to find the exact date that my dad took the shot doing a lot of research on the Web (my dad is gone and he was a pro photog, and unfortunately no records of these pix exist). I went to the same location on the exact day (or within a day) and found where he stood and snapped this: http://flic.kr/p/c33qQm

    It was great channeling my dad for a few moments.

    Antonio

    • Lori Rowles August 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

      Nice pic, Antonio…
      I love the stories these pictures are telling. It’s an awesomre reminder of how we leave our mark in this world. Super cool share…

    • Anonymous August 2, 2012 at 7:24 am #

      That’s awesome that you got to experience that! Great photo too!

  3. Gavin August 1, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    These are dope!

  4. Simon August 2, 2012 at 2:18 am #

    and here is another great example…
    http://sergey-larenkov.livejournal.com/

  5. faisal August 2, 2012 at 6:00 am #

    Amazing work, really noteworthy.

  6. Denver Photographer August 2, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Very cool stuff. Even if it’s been done before. Great image.

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