Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Then & Now Photography also offers a unique service of Photograph Restoration.  Over time, our favorite photographs fall victim to the elements - Humidity, UV rays, Mishandling, Accidental Damage - and often are considered a tragic event - most people don't consider that photographs can be digital restored to their original condition (often, they are even more sharp and clear).

Photo Restoration can provide a very unique gift idea for the holidays, or even a tear-jerker surprise to the elderly generation, when they are finally able to view their memories clearer than ever before.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

My Wausau - Then & Now Series is on permanent display in the Washington Square Mall in Downtown Wausau!  Looks great!  Thank you Mark Craig and Compass Properties!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Myra and Baby Nolan - Then & Now

Myra was guinea pig when it came to a Then & Now concept with portraiture.  She was an excellent subject!  She came to the studio ready to rock, and thankfully came totally prepared for the second shoot - after baby Nolan was born.  The Nolan and the arrows are both drawn onto a chalkboard wall.  After I had both the maternity and then the newborn photograph, it was all just a matter of making the arrows balance with the rest of the image.

I am actively seeking dedicated families that would be interested in working with me on a number of other ideas I have for ways to implement the Then & Now concept into portraiture.  Please contact me at 715.514.9052 or ThenandNowPhotography@gmail.com - if you are interested and we can discuss opportunities and ideas!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Fourteenth: Washington Square Block - Wausau, WI

This one was my 4th and final image of the series.  I love all 4 that I completed, but the Washington Square Block really hit home to me.  I love how the canopies match up, and how it really shows with a 50/50 gradient just how the Heinemann Building has not changed.  Interesting tidbit about the Heinemann building, is that it was owned by the Heinemann Brothers, and was the first building that had electricity in Wausau.

Thirteenth: 400 Block #1 - Wausau, WI

The 400 block of downtown Wausau, Wisconsin, to me is the central point of the city.  It is unique feature to find, in any city, in my opinion.  So i particularly liked this block, and decided to cover it in two different directions. The first one, 400 Block #1 is featuring the block looking south, and #2 is featuring the block looking north.  What I really thought was interesting about this one is that 3rd st is now a one way going past the 400 block, and about 100 years ago, it was a 2 way thoroughfare.  With the DO NOT ENTER signs staring at me from the NOW images, I thought it would be most interesting to have Model T's from the THEN image, Entering into the DO NOT ENTER.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Twelfth: 400 Block #2 - Wausau, WI

Wausau 400 block #2.  Its labeled number 2 but I actually finished this one first.  This is by far one of the most active pieces of mine.  Theres activity everywhere.  What I really like about this is the DO NOT ENTER signs, because 3rd is now a one way street, but back in the early 1900s, it was a two way, and you can see old Model T's driving through the the do not enter signs.  Its amazing to see how busy some of these towns were back then, some even more so than today.

Eleventh: 500 Block - Wausau, WI

This one was the first wausau one that I rephotographed.  I liked this one because I've always thought that that red telephone booth was interesting.  Also, used to live in the apartment there to the left, above la prima deli.  It was neat to see that that building hasn't change at all and that the windows lined up perfectly!  Another notable hurdle I had to jump with this, was that the street was a lot wider back then, so the street poles kept getting in the way, especially smack dab in the middle of the Janke Book Store sign.  So I actually rebuilt most of the letters via photoshop, to get rid of the distractive elements in the image.

Tenth: A Fitger 2 (Duluth, MN)

A. Fitger 2 happened at the same time as #1.  I found the original photo as a large 30x40 print in the hallway of the brewery.  This one was tricky to photographs because there was a mix of cold and warm light temperatures falling on it.  So again I had to do some technical maneuvering to be able to capture it.  The post production one to this one I really enjoyed, but also was very time consuming.  You can't see it now, but right in the middle there was another tree - but it seemed to affect the transition from then to now...so I decided to take the pain staking time to remove the entire tree!  Talk about tedious reconstruction!