Friday, April 25, 2014

Google Street Views juxtaposed with historical paintings unite past and present

I admire a well-crafted visual that speaks volumes. Check out this series by British collage artist Halley Docherty, whose images create a fascinating moment in time travel by superimposing historical paintings onto present day Google Street Views.
Painting: Night view of Saruwaka Street (1856) by Utagawa Hiroshige. Photo: This view south in Asakusa, Tokyo, is in an area nearly destroyed in 1923, by the Great Kanto earthquake. Photograph: Halley Docherty

Painting: La Modiste Sur Les Champs-Élysées (1889) by Jean Béraud. Photograph: Halley Docherty

Painting: A Regatta on the Grand Canal (c.1740) by Canaletto. Photograph: Halley Docherty

Painting: The 9th of November, 1888 by William Logsdail (1890) A Lord Mayor's Procession passes through Bank Junction. On the left side of the canvas is The Old Bank of England, shown here 50 years before demolition. Photograph: shystone/Reddit

See images from the London series

See images from the Global series 

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