What a fascinating and well-conceived project ‘Friends Then & Now’ is—a study in time and humanity—and the result, both beautiful and haunting, can’t help but remind us how precious a thing a human being is.

Henry Shukman, Novelist, Poet, Memoirist

Friends Then & Now Paired Images

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After having a new passport photo taken about four years ago, I decided to pair it with a self-portrait from 1970. That led me to dig into a large archive of my portraits of friends, lovers, former students, and others to create similar ‘then/now’ pairings. When I did not have either an old or new image, I “borrowed” one from the Internet or was kindly provided with one by my subjects. When I first showed slides of the paired images, I would tell stories about the people portrayed. My audience encouraged me to include stories as part of the finished works. Stage 1 of the project, sans text, is above; the text-and-image pieces are below.

 

Friends Then & Now Stories

This was so engaging, so well written, I was sorry it was over. A big congratulation on this wonderful work. I want you to win a prize, be discovered, get an Oscar.

Joan Logghe, Santa Fe, NM Poet Laureate Emerita

 

Scroll through the images and stories below.  

Andi (1)Wayne-and-KisuWayne-and-the-hostessSue-DaleyTom-HollandRoxanne-SwentzellRyan-and-AdamMarcellePaul-Al-DiptychLynn-RalphieLynnie-lawyerLee-Cochran-Diptych-2LouJoe-GriffenbergJohnny-RaimondiiIren-SchioJerry-Bill-WIllElinor-MorlockHollandsDenise-JohnstonElinor-and-Bill-diptychChantalCJ-Then-and-Now-ver-2Bob-Rogers-diptychCathy-dogs

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Friends Then & Now – Peter Sarkisian
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Friends Then & Now: Peggy
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Friends Then & Now: Les
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Friends Then & Now: Laura
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Friends Then & Now: JB
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Friends Then & Now: Myself
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Friends Then & Now: Alba Newmann
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Friends Then & Now: Anne Noggle
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Friends Then & Now: Bill Morlock
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Friends Then & Now: Cathy Morlock
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Friends Then & Now: Jim Ruggiero
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Friends Then & Now; Joan Logghe