Simulated Time Machine is Thing of Beauty

By Salvador Dali

By Salvador Dali

This linked photographic art process and production possesses all the allure of a real time machine, except we are able to avoid the danger that exists in an actual time travel experience. If the real thing were yet here, how many of us time travelers would get trapped in our time warp destination by the same kind of memory plague that so often now throttles us on the Internet? We are stopped from accessing a site, or from moving to another, or from returning from our time travel, in this instance, because we could not recall our password for activating our account and signing in for the trip home to 2016? If we think contacting Amazon, Google, or Quicken is hard now, imagine the nuisance it would become trying to reach the monolithic mailer site that sent us to the past in the first place.

Do any of us really need a personal experience with what it’s like to be long gone and totally forgotten as just another Wagner card or apple core – buried in an attic trunk by someone’s once-upon-a-time act of either hoarding or mishandling an object in hand. Over time, the treasured Wagner card and the now unrecognizable apple remnant that fell into the trunk by a careless toss are equally lost, even if a few minds in 2016 covetously have retained a dim memory of great-grandfather’s Honus item.

This little “movie” was put together by the progressive use of old still-shot photos, artful movement continuity integration, new photographic technology, and a creative genius that itself that layers itself around an expert understanding of the science and art that this project required. He or she also possessed the will to carry it to a new creative frontier.

The “Old New World” (Photo-based animation project) is the creation of an artistic photographer – who identifies himself or herself here only by the site username of “seccovan” – who has left us with a genuine time travel simulation. It takes us beautifully, mysteriously, almost surely, back to 1931 from 2016. Then, while an ancient recording of (if it’s a crime, then I’m) “Guilty” plays out as our acoustical transporter, we virtually travel back in time to New York City and Washington, DC of the early Great Depression era to find all the HD quality movement of humans and their machines, and we even see the ancestral pigeons that walked the sidewalks of New York  then as their progeny still does today, in search of food, peck by peck.

The trip confirms something that many of us have suspected from early childhood, based on actually available “real movies” from those earlier actual movie times. That is the fact that – back in the old days – the world truly was a thing of artful satisfaction in all the glorious shades of gray that exist between black and white.

Have fun, with thanks again to Darrell Pittman, who sent this link to me no more than two hours ago. It gave me something to write about tonight that was a lot more fun than any of my collective reflections on the Astros pitching performance in New York this week. Besides, the season is early. Nothing fatal happened in New York – and, besides, the trip you are about to take to New York of 1931 is a lot more pleasant.

Before you disappear through the link, make sure that your sound is on and – go to full screen, asap. We’ve watched it both ways, full and small screen. Size matters.

Here’s the link:


The only thing missing after this short piece – besides the pop corn – is the Woodie Allen movie that usually follows this kind of cinematic introduction.

And, please, if you have a better understanding of how the artist did this powerful piece, please share your knowledge with the rest of us as a comment on this column.


Note: If you have trouble going to full-screen on the first link, try the following similar one. Our trip is the first item in this larger site of similar works.


eagle-0rangeBill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas



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