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A creative-commons work by "Scotticus" from FlickR's "Looking Into the Past" set. This panoply of photos, by many contributors, much deserves a contemplative look from atemporality fans.


I'm convinced that some of these "Looking Into the Past" images are far more "atemporal" than others, but I lack the ability to go into that within this little text box here. Besides, most of those remarkable images, unlike this one, are "all rights reserved."



  • Bopuc 6y

    i don't see how they are "atemporal" when they comprise two very specific moments in time. Could you explain this to us/me?
    (I mean yes they are neat, but I don't see the "OMG it's atemporaility!" angle...)

    and not to self promote, but wouldn't this be something closer to atemporal? two photos of the same moment from slightly different depths, superimposed at another time... the superimposition being done in Photoshop, presenting a view not possible "in nature", "in real time"?
    What Jim saw

    or something... heh
  • Bruce Sterling 6y

    I'm thinking it's the *raw white edges around the interior image* that are atemporal. It's not the past time, or the "present" time, but the transition shock that conveys the power. If you were to post the two photos side by side, they wouldn't do much.

    *I'm willing to be argued out of this. We're in deep waters here.
  • Bopuc 6y

    ahh ok yeah I "see" that. certainly something there.
    thank you sir.
    (p.s.: the dude crouching in the above photo ended up finding the Buzz Rickson fighter jacket in a street stall in Ueno. Juss sayin')
  • Maarten Lens-FitzGerald 6y

    lets do this in Layar!

    ooooh an Atemporal layar...

    Anyone got a this in a database with locations? We'd love to have this on Layar, the mobile augmented reality browser. We are opening up our API: www.layar.com/api

    and the white raw edges will be no problem 8-)
  • Laura Seabrook 3y

    George Street in Sydney? This was shown at
  • Scott Davies 2y

    Hi there Bruce.
    It's me, Scott, the guy who actually took the photo you've posted above. I wonder if you could put a link back to the photo on my photostream somewhere here?
    Here's the link:
    Looking into the past: King Street, Sydney: c.1900/2009 by Scotticus_

    @Laura Ess: Close, it's King Street, looking toward George Street.
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