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New things wrapped in the gauze of time
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This is uncanny! Photographer Martin Becka dusted off a 150-year-old camera and pointed it at Dubai. (That’s a CNN gallery with a relatively good interface; there are more images on Becka’s site.)

I realize that “whoah, old cameras make things look old” isn’t a new insight, but wow, it’s just so apparent, so visceral, in this case. And it makes you pause and realize just how much of our experience of history—old history and new history, too!—is shaped by the filters and films of media we view it through and on.

(Via @GreatDismal.)

2 comments

Is there an iPhone photo-processing app that can do this?

Tim Carmody says…

I prefer to believe that things actually used to look older back then.

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