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

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To do the project, Horton says, he found a repository of free-to-use historical photos online. He would then view the photo on his phone and try to find the same shot location.

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Francis Horton

"After that, just some work in Photoshop," he says.

Not every historical photo was able to be blended with a modern one. Horton says that it wasn't always doable to find the same shot location, and sometimes there just wasn't enough resemblance between the old and the new.

"Many times an entire area has been demolished and rebuilt and no longer looks the same as it did a hundred years ago," Horton says.

See also: Post-Apocalyptic Portraits of the Abandoned Forest Park Hospital

But in the historically blended photos, Horton says, the contrast is another way to view the city of St. Louis.

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Francis Horton

"Really, I created the blends for other people to try to see the city the way I do. If you pay attention, you can see contrasts all over the city," he says.

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Francis Horton

In addition to historically blending photos, Horton runs a website with his wife called Craves, Caves, and Graves, which is about interesting places to visit in and around St. Louis. Check it out here. You can also check out Horton's own blog at South City Hoosier..

Follow Ray Downs on Twitter at @RayDowns. E-mail the author at Ray.Downs@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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34 comments
Liz Lundvall
Liz Lundvall

This is awesome! Great idea!! Hope there is more to come.

Paul Burrows
Paul Burrows

I would get rid of the ghost effect...not very good matching

Renate Kheim
Renate Kheim

The Bevo Mill should serve german food again and be open every day. There were people interested in it,but the city gave not any help and the Bevo Mill needed lots of help,new roof etc.But maybe the German heritage is not important in St.Louis???

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

Hey! I know that guy! ;) Francis Horton

Sj Braun
Sj Braun

On the Gravois @ Morganford

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Our city planners must be blind wizards

Sj Braun
Sj Braun

BEVO MILL so glad neighborhood on its way back

joncarroll01
joncarroll01

www.whatwasthere.com has some good stuff like this also.

Brandon Herges
Brandon Herges

I've seen some really neat ones like this online where images from the middle of WWII were superimposed onto modern images. These types of photos are the coolest.

Becky Agatsuma
Becky Agatsuma

I remember the Bevo Mill. What a great picture of it!

Tim Danneman
Tim Danneman

Justin Albers, check the second photo on the second page of this. What are you doing parking your car in this guys picture?

Kenneth Martin
Kenneth Martin

Do you have any shots of the paddle wheelers that went up and down the river when you were a kid Mike?

Paul Burrows
Paul Burrows

Great idea...just don't like the "ghostly" blend.

Bud Simmons
Bud Simmons

what good old days are they talking about. ? loved them all

Lizzy Shake
Lizzy Shake

Awesome! Thanks for thinking of me. :)

Rita Kiry Ryan
Rita Kiry Ryan

Thanks so much for posting. I LOVE reading about St. Louis history.

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