Messing around with perspective: historical and otherwise.
LALI IN 1978 & 2010, Buenos Aires [photograph by Irina Werning]
MARITA & COTY IN 1977 & 2010, Bueno [photograph by Irina Werning]
IAN IN 1984 & 2010, London [photograph by Irina Werning]
PANCHO IN 1983 & 2010, Buenos Aires [photograph by Irina Werning]
She is obviously very wicked.
There is another talented artist who also produces work which playfully deals with how the photograph can be used to visualise a sense of ‘history-ness’ and create nostalgia. His name is Michael Paul Smith*. Michael Paul Smith is a model maker whose mind is full of mid-20th century Americana. Using his considerable model making skills he has been creating small scale sets of an imaginary American town called Elgin Park that he cannot get out of his mind (it is reportedly located somewhere near Pittsburgh where he was born). After making the sets he then sources locations in the real-world which provide the background to photograph them against. These late naughties photographs of the 1960s look bloody REAL. Here are some examples of his work. Fantastic stuff:
My Childhood Home [photograph by Michael Paul Smith]
Newspaper photo: Corliss Dink’s ’37 Studebaker [photograph by Michael Paul Smith]
Edge of Town [photograph by Michael Paul Smith]
Michael Paul Smith with one of his sets and a background behind him
The NY Times wrote an article about him and there’s a paragraph that I think summarises the attempt of his work very nicely:
Driving Mr. Smith’s creation of Elgin Park were his memories of Sewickley, Pa., a real steel-mill town a few miles north of Pittsburgh. He spent his first 17 years there, and it still holds his heart. “Elgin Park is not an exact re-creation of Sewickley,” he explained, “but it does capture the mood of my memories.”
*My very talented illustrator friend Phoebe Dickerson told me about Michael Paul Smith. If you want some visual inspiration check out her very cool, and very funny, Tumblr blog.