by Anita Mae Draper
My post last Tues was an introduction to Repeat Photography and its use in historical research.
This post helps you create your own repeat or Now and Then photography. It will also introduce you to blended repeat photography and how to create it. And finally, it’ll show how this can work for those interested in biblical history.
Here’s a Repeat photo set from the website Normandy - Then and Now.
|SAINT AUBIN SUR MER Juno Beach, Nan Red sector. A P-47 crash |
landed on the beach near the strong point WN27. (Photo : I.W.M)
Creating Stand-out Repeat Photography
Colorado State University uses a scientific method of repeat photography where you place a distinctive sign in the foreground of each photo for identification purposes. Although I’m not apt to use that approach, I found the rest of this article very helpful especially as it pertains to temporary vs permanent landmarks.
As I said last Tues, this type of photography enhances a trip down memory lane in the photo department. A carefully printed or handwritten notation on the original photo describing the date and event is most helpful. This is the method used by many early photographers.
When you set up for the Now photo, just try to do everything as close to the original photo as you can, from the background, to the arm placements. Even the same expression and turn of the head will give your photo that extra touch and make take a second look.
John Walker has done that with this photo set of Lignières, Switzerland. He found an old post card, found the actual location, and by blending the two in photoshop, was able to come up with an almost exact repeat photograph almost 100 yrs apart.
|He took an original 1911 postcard and scanned it into his computer|
|Using a digital camera, he photographed the same scene, then |
super-imposed (photoshopped) the postcard image over it.
|Because he paid close attention to dimensions and visual clues |
in Step 2, he was able to produce an almost identical image.
Ghosts of the Past
Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov takes this one step further. Called re-photography, he actually blends the old and new photos together into eerie images others have called Ghosts of the Past.
The following 3 photos are from Sergey's World War II set and in particular, the era called the Siege of Leningrad.
So how can a technology which didn't exist in biblical times be used to teach us biblical history? Let's say we want to learn about the crucifixtion. What does the Bible say about it? (All scripture using NIV.)
- They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). Matthew 27:33
- "And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood." Hebrews 13:12
- "Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads." Matthew 27:39
There actually is a hill called Golgatha near the Damascus Gate on the outskirts of Jerusalem. And it has a road close by where people pass and are well within shouting range. Here's a present day photo of it:
|Present day Golgatha Hill, Jerusalem|
Can you see it? How about if I take you in closer...
|The photo isn't dated, but we don't see any buildings on the side.|
|Early 20th cenury postcard.|
|An ancient quarry where a basement had been designated.|
|Jericho side view|
Actually, there are many books which use plastic overlays over maps to show you where the biblical world used to be and how it fit into the Old and New Testament geography. Christianbook.com has a great selection of this type of bible map.
Hopefully, I haven't overloaded you with photos and information. As you can probably tell, I find this whole subject fascinating.
What do you think of Sergey's blended photographs?
Do you have any books at home with plastic overlays? What subject? I think we have a medical one tucked away somewhere.