Thursday, January 31, 2013

Time Traveling through Photography

Hello to all my readers. Work is still on going on the next update of Silent Night. As to when said update will be up for you to enjoy, all I can say right now is "soon, hopefully." Student teaching is definitely keeping me busy, but I have found some time to write, and it is my hope that I can get you the next update, and maybe some other articles and stories, posted for your enjoyment in the near future. In the meantime, I wanted to share with you this amazing gem I discovered the other day thanks to social media.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to look at the past "in living color," as the phrase goes? I for one have often said that I would love to travel back in time, not to change the past, but just for the opportunity to see it for myself in the bright and real hues that we are used to seeing in the every day. At best, we get a glimpse of the past through the dull (though sometimes quite artistic) limitations of black and white. And that's only for the past hundred years, 150 at best. Before that all we have are paintings, artistic representations of the past that don't always do reality justice. Well, the other day, I discovered the following two websites that present more than a dozen images taken in Paris between 1910 and 1940, all with a type of color photography that was actually copyrighted in 1903. I was amazed to see vivid, high quality photographs of Parisian street scenes from before the First World War, or the the Eiffel tower decorated and illuminated during the inter-war years in beautiful yellow and blue lights. There were pictures of the victory celebrations outside the Paris city hall in 1918, the building bedecked with the red-white-blue of the French tricolor flag. When you first see some of these pictures, you think, "surely these are snapshots taken from some movie set," because they look so life-like that you think it's impossible for them to be 100 years old. But then you really start looking and realize....these are the real deal.

So, without further adieu, here are the links. The first website just has the pictures all listed together, without any caption or information. The second website, where the first website borrowed the images from, posted these pictures individually as separate posts with date and locations, so it takes a bit longer to go through the posts, but there is more information for you.

website 1

website 2
(on this website, you'll have to click on the pictures to find out the place and date it was taken)


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