Then and Now

NEW YORK, NY - 11/21/08: On the left is myself at about 20. I was living in a small off campus apartment with a few friends from RIT. The image was taken in our bathroom with a Leica M6 ( still my favorite camera ) and a 90mm Summincron lens. On the right is an image I just shot in our Brooklyn bathroom at age 32 with my new Panasonic LUMIX LX-3 and its Leica Vario-Summincron zoomed to 60mm.


I tried to get the same effect as the original which was shot on TMAX p3200 film and lit with just the bathroom mirror lights.


For some reason I wasn't able to find the "Hair Filter" in Photoshop!

  • Micah Walter 6y

    I think my hands have gotten fatter!
  • Paul Ricciardi 6y

    The hair filter haha
    this is really nice, I love how you put them together, it's almost as if two versions of yourself are photographing themselves at the same time
    one of the more creative self portraits I've seen in a long time
    nice contrast in both
  • Micah Walter 6y

    I still prefer that M6. I really miss that camera!
  • Micah Walter 6y

    Actually, I just realize that one of the funniest things about this image, that you can't tell from just looking at it.... is that I still wear that same sweatshirt!!! Man, I need to go shopping!
  • Paul Ricciardi 6y

    Haha that's actually funny
    why did you let go of the M6?
    They're great cameras, I want one really badly with a .58 finder for the 28 framelines
  • Anthony Espinoza 6y

    LOL,LOL The key point their my good man is, you still fit in the sweater.......Great artistic pic. Thanks for sharing.

  • Micah Walter 6y

    Ah yes, the sweatshirt... It's been around since high school!

    The M6 belonged to the school I was attending. I used to borrow it every day. I think I was the only one who liked using it. It was a classic M6 and it came with a 28 f/2.8, a 50 Summicron, and the 90 Summincron. It was actually a really nice kit! And in fact it was packaged in a real Leica camera bag!
  • Wee Viraporn 6y

    Hi Micah,

    I've been reading your articles on Inside Aperture.
    Glad to see you hear.
    Hope you latest request to Apple to support LX3 is taken seriously.

    Photoshop hair filter? Hmm... How about Aperture hair plugin?
  • Peter 6y

    Hehe.... Hair filter. That was a good one. Awesome picture. I like what you did here. Well done.

    Best regards
  • Adrian Morgan 6y

    Great concept - now to check back in 12 years, to find out if they have made that hair filter!!
  • tomKphoto 6y

    you'll find the hair filter in the standard action set, just under "thinnner"
  • Russ Colban 6y

    Where did you find an LX-3 with a viewfinder?
    Great shot. Very nice B/W's on your blog, too.
  • Micah Walter 6y

    I ordered the viewfinder from I chose the Voigtlander 25mm. If it doesn't work out I may try the 21mm.
  • John G. Walter 6y

    When I first saw this, I wondered 'Who's that guy next to you?'
  • Nash72 6y

    :D funny
  • Von Wolfsburg 6y

    Great concept, think you are a bit closer up in the "now" image and your hands aren't fat at all. That said, fatter fingers do offer some benefits !
  • 6y

    very cute!

    i just bought the lx3. can't wait to use it! =)
  • Lucy 6y

    This is such a fab shot.
  • Mubeen Mughal (THIRDEYE105) 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Photographer Photographed (Must show CAMERA & PHOTOGRAPHER), and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • dougmeche 3y

    Great idea and execution. Imagine how much money Adobe could make with a hair filter. Hats work to.
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