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Entries in photography (14)

Wednesday
Apr272011

* show off your family tree with family pictures and buttons!

I'm always looking for creative ways to display family pictures without the wall being overwhelmed with frames. My good friend Rachel sent me a link to this AWESOME decorating project by Anders Nilsen and Busy Beaver Button Company. Using family pictures, all different size buttons, magnets, tacks, and nails they created a one of a kind wall display. A fresh and modern way to bring your family tree to life, see how they did it!

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Tuesday
Apr262011

* picturing the american civil war

In this year 2011, it is the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the American Civil War.

April 12, 1861. Fort Sumter, South Carolina. 150 years ago. It doesn't sound that long ago- but it feels so long ago. It's a time and way of life I don't think we can ever completely understand.

You know the saying, "seeing is believing"? There are so many amazing images of the civil war! If you can't  make it to a live reenactment, pictures have to be the next best thing! The development and use of photography throughout the 1840's, 50's, and 60's has left us with an array of images documenting this monumental time in American History.

check it- How Civil War Photography Changed the War

Civil War Trust- A mix of new and old pictures and illustrations. Images galleries are organized by battle location (Antietam, Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg).

PBS Civil War Images

Monday
Mar282011

* i'm granting 3 wishes : i'll photograph your family's NYC past...

A few weeks ago I posted some "then and now" pictures of old school brooklyn from the NYPL digital gallery with my own pictures from 2011. I had so much fun doing this! I have been able to do this type of project with some of my family pictures and it was really amazing to see the transformations. For those of you who can't visit NYC, I want to help you connect your family pictures with their modern day counterpart. But there are only 3 wishes...the first 3 people to email me one of their original* Manhattan or Brooklyn Family picture will be granted 3 free current day pictures!

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Sunday
Mar202011

* then and now...a historic walk down Brooklyn's 5th Avenue

I love looking at old pictures and the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery is a great place to get lost in the past! I found a few 5th avenue oldies and spent a springy afternoon taking pictures of Brooklyn in 2011. Matching the shots was a very cool experience! I couldn't believe it, most of the buildings look exactly the same! The first picture was taken from the corner of 5th Ave and Dean Street, facing the Triangle Sporting Goods Store. The image I found from 1942 (NYPL) matches up perfectly to the modern day Triangle Sports Store. It's been almost 70 years since this original picture was taken. The 2011 picture shows how times have changed, the partial construction of the new Net's Arena can been seen in the background. This area will surely be changing in the near future. I've read that this store could be one of the oldest business in Brooklyn, can they survive the arrival of the Net's?? Enjoy the stroll down memory lane... and please share your own experiences with 'now and then' pictures!

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