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I Made Immigrants’ Dream Come True By Photoshopping Them Into Today’s New York
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I Made Immigrants’ Dream Come True By Photoshopping Them Into Today’s New York

I would like to draw attention to the Immigrants who wanted to live a better life following the American dream. I tried to connect past and present with visualizing these people from vintage photos in today’s environment.

Last year I’ve been to Ellis Island, and I immediately had a bad feeling about that place. I approximately knew what happened in Ellis Island, and later, I’ve been thinking about the likeness of current migration reforms and immigrant crisis in the United States. I did research, and it’s really sad what happened to many Immigrants. Many of them died in Ellis Island while waiting and hoping for an opportunity for a new life.

In this way, their dream came true. I created this photo manipulation project as a reminder and commemorated to the 3,500 people who died there.

Old photos from the previous century are often forgotten, so I did picture colorization on them and some photo editing to make more connections to the present. The images are fictional, and many people couldn’t even get into Manhattan or live in America.

Migration is an ongoing situation, and the story of Ellis Island is still relevant nowadays.

This is not history. This is today.

More info: floraborsi.com

Here’s how I did these. Cutting out

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Kate Baxter
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5 years ago

I think this is a great article. Love the pictures. I don't think people understand that you are talking about the immigrants in the picture not today's immigrants. Fortunately the attitude displayed by a lot of commentators is not held by the majority of Americans.

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5 years ago

Except they aren't immigrants. Just random people in other countries that this person spliced together. "The images are fictional"

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Curtis S
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5 years ago

That's their dream, really? To be photoshopped into somewhere else?

Gayle Bynum Cardosa
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5 years ago

FFS do you people have to take everything so literally? Don't you understand subtext when applied to art? My God grow up.

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Andrea Jones
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5 years ago

Your Photoshop work colorizing these historic photographs is amazing! I love this series. Thank you for sharing!

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Kate Baxter
Community Member
5 years ago

I think this is a great article. Love the pictures. I don't think people understand that you are talking about the immigrants in the picture not today's immigrants. Fortunately the attitude displayed by a lot of commentators is not held by the majority of Americans.

Community Member
5 years ago

Except they aren't immigrants. Just random people in other countries that this person spliced together. "The images are fictional"

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Curtis S
Community Member
5 years ago

That's their dream, really? To be photoshopped into somewhere else?

Gayle Bynum Cardosa
Community Member
5 years ago

FFS do you people have to take everything so literally? Don't you understand subtext when applied to art? My God grow up.

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Andrea Jones
Community Member
5 years ago

Your Photoshop work colorizing these historic photographs is amazing! I love this series. Thank you for sharing!

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