Book of the Week: To You I Follow

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To You I Follow is a photographic journey that spans years and miles. It all started when photographer David Kileen came across an old photo album chronicling a young couple’s hike through Switzerland in 1935. They kept notes of dates and locations on the back of each photo, enabling Kileen to retrace their steps and photograph the same scenes, on the same day, 75 years later.

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According to Keen, “this series has evolved beyond just merely retracing the steps of these two individuals, where each image in itself depicts a far greater picture. The camera may have the inherent flaw of cropping what it sees, but what it can witness can lead to endless possibilities.”

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Some scenes remain virtually unaltered. On others we see marked changes in environment, architecture, and landscape. The photo that resonates the most is the only image that features one of the original travelers.

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From books like this to sites like Dear Photograph, which challenges photographers to superimpose photos of the past on scenes of the present, technology is helping us to embrace the past in really cool ways.

 

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4 Comments

  1. I really like this book and admire the author greatly for re-doing this journey.

    Some things never change, others change but not for the best.

    It was quite amazing to see how much global warming appears to have taken place.

    By Patricia Griffin
      August 24, 2011 – 4:54 am   Permalink
  2. I agree, this book is fabulous! Excellent ‘mirrored’ photos. Great job!

    By Kate
      August 24, 2011 – 9:21 am   Permalink
  3. impossible!!!!!! great! i like it very much!!!!!

    By Tatyana
      August 25, 2011 – 12:39 am   Permalink
  4. What a wonderful idea for a book – and beautifully done. It is giving me all kinds of ideas. Thank you for the opportunity to view your project – and for inspiring me to begin my own!

    By Julie
      August 25, 2011 – 11:46 am   Permalink

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