Then and Now  
John spends much of his photography capturing the heritage of St Croix. In mid-2011, he acquired a collection of old postcards and photos from the time that St Croix was still under Danish rule (photos from 1860 through 1917). This period experienced the greatest technological development in photography. The first permanent photograph was an image produced in 1826 by the French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. His photographs were produced on a polished pewter plate covered with bitumen. At the time leading to "transfer", glass plate photography was in vogue and the cameras were big boxes with a lens assembly on the end of a bellows and rail. The old photo's piqued John's interest in identifying not just the changes but the methodology. Subsequently, on Christmas day, 2011, the "Then and Now" project was launched, juxtaposing the original Danish period pictures against contemporary images. Point of view, perspective, re-creativity and much more, challenged the intent but, slowly, the project is expanding. Starfish.VI continues to seek out old DWI images of St Croix to add to the project.

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