Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Local Photographer "Blends" Old St. Louis With New in These Photos

Posted By on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 9:45 AM

click to enlarge FRANCIS HORTON
  • Francis Horton

Oftentimes the history of a city can be drowned out and forgotten by the present. But Francis Horton decided to create a reminder of the past by blending it with the present.

In these seven photos, Horton, a 30-year-old IT professional, journalist, photographer, and army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, found historical photos of different locations in St. Louis and used Photoshop to blend them with new photos. The result is haunting and fascinating.

Horton tells Daily RFT that the inspiration to do the photos came from other historical blends he had seen and being " intrigued with the idea of combining the old with the new."

click to enlarge FRANCIS HORTON
  • Francis Horton

"There is a lot of history surrounding St. Louis," he says. "And I've always wanted to find a way to capture and share the city in a new way. I've loved the history of this city and state for years, so when I saw other examples of the blended photos, I decided to do the same on a bit of a local scale."

click to enlarge FRANCIS HORTON
  • Francis Horton

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Horton also finds pieces of St. Louis' history in the things we often overlook.

"When I'm in unfamiliar parts of the city, I'm always trying to find bits of the old St. Louis," he says. "If you're looking closely, you can see small glimpses of the old city peeking out. From uncovered cobblestones and trolly tracks during road construction to covered building facades and old advertisements painted on the sides of buildings."

click to enlarge FRANCIS HORTON
  • Francis Horton

See more of Horton's historically blended photos on the next page.

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