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Then and Now Photo FusionWe’ve all taken trips down memory lane, but rarely does that involve an actual lane and memories of other people like the University of Florida’s UF, Then & Now project. The concept involves using photographs of people taken from throughout the last 100 years, by lining them up with the place they were taken and then taking another image to capture the changes between the time periods.

In the end, the images are not only a great way to document all the ways the school has changed in the last century, but also to thank the students, faculty and administrators who allowed it to grow. For many of the people pictured, it might also be the only way they can visit their Alma Mater during Homecoming season one last time.

While the project is of particular interest to those with ties to UF, I think we can all appreciate the artistic merits of the photos…even if they aren’t technically illusions. For more pictures and information on how the school has changed over the years,  be sure to visit the homepage of the UF, Then & Now project.

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Have any of you ever tried to make your own then & now photographic projects? I’ve always wanted to, but have never had the time to set up the shots just right.


28 Responses
  1. TwistedTool says:

    How is this an illusion?

    MOIllusions, you are not as good as you used to be.. :(

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    • slkf says:

      I agree this is not a “traditional” illusion, but I love these images. They are provide the illusion of a 4-th dimension: time. Keep up the great work, MOI!

    • Mr. OK Then says:

      I think it’s great and it is kind of an illusion. The one the other day with the guy who paints himself was basically the same thing as this. It’s just a daily thing. If you don’t like it…just wait until tomorrow. It will be ok.

    • Baldisar says:

      granted this is not a traditional illusion, but the “clown” illusion yesterday was good

  2. Andrewpoky says:

    that is just cool….

  3. Care Bear says:

    My folks would have loved this.

  4. Mark says:

    Have you seen the story of the hidden devil face in the Bailica fresco.

  5. Mark says:

    These remind me of the current Chevy commercials.

  6. Christoffer says:

    Nice pictures, now we just have to figure out how to do the opposite :)

  7. Jasen says:

    Wow, that’s amazing! My wife collects old photos, I might have to go out and find where they are taken and do a few of these myself!

  8. Danielle says:

    I saw a story something like this on Yahoo a while ago. I think it was a blog. People going back to the places where their old pictures were taken and doing this.
    I’ll try to find it.

  9. eee efff geee says:

    you shoud post more like this one! there so cool :D

  10. GEM says:

    Great Job although I think you could do better. It is pretty cool how they’re in the right spot and everything!! Well done!!

  11. Cherry Blossom says:

    I think these are very well done, but I really don’t think they are ‘illusions’ as such. Still, it would’ve been really hard and time consuming to get just the right angle and everything.

  12. Chris says:

    I always love seeing these even if they aren’t an illusion in the traditional sense.

  13. marcy says:

    I cant even get my real illusions posted but still I like thsse

  14. frank says:

    Super imposing a photograph on picture, is not an optical illusion. It is gimmic photography.

    It’s been some time since I have seen a true optical illusion
    on this site.

  15. LD says:

    A neat window into the past…

  16. Dolphin says:

    I love these! Then-and-now photos are always cool if they’re set up right.
    Also, I think their illusions if your mind sort of fuses together the Then and the Now.
    So, nice!

  17. steve says:

    They are pretty cool.. and would be hard to line up… even shows in the third picture where the top doesn’t match… the original was probably taken by someone shorter.

  18. steve says:

    Would be cool to have some people, or current vehicles a part of the new photo as well so it could be compared.

  19. tracy mcendor says:

    this site is getting worse and worse …. where is the illusion ?

    that concept is as old as photography …

  20. Stawolf1001 says:

    I love these kinds of photos

  21. amornkiat amornsane says:

    admonish to self ancestor until to become to reign of self in the present

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