As William Shakespeare once wrote, “past is prologue.” Far-away places, people and events are often closer and more recognizable to us than we realize.
Jason E. Powell understands that.
Powell a network engineer-turned photographer, juxtaposes the new against the old by using vintage photographs of cities including Washington, D.C., with brand-new shots. Powell has compiled the best ones for a photo series called ”Looking Into the Past,” which he hopes to turn into a book. (He’s grown a Flickr network of “Looking into the Past” enthusiasts too.) As Powell told Social Studies, LivingSocial’s city blog this week:
Basically, I hold up old photographs in their modern day context to simulate what it would look like if you could literally open a window and look into the past.
For more, read The Washington Post’s Maura Judkis’s August story on Powell, and here are a few more of his photos for your Friday.
If you’re into learning more about Washington’s past, check out the Washingtology project.